IRVINE, Calif., (Jan. 24, 2011) – Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS) today announced they have partnered with Instant Imprints, “your image people,” to be the exclusive global provider of multifunction products (MFPs) to new and existing franchises. Instant Imprints franchises provide their customers “everything you need to promote,” including – business apparel, custom T-shirts, signs, banners, school and team wear and other promotional products -- all in one efficient business model. Now with Toshiba products, Instant Imprints convenient retail locations can offer document services, including creation of – business cards, brochures, flyers, postcards, and other printed products.
“We recently announced this new revenue stream to enthusiastic
franchisees at our annual conference in San Diego,” said Ralph
Askar, president & CEO of Instant Imprints Franchising. “As a
premier promotional franchise, we’re honored to partner with
Toshiba, a leading manufacturer of copiers and multi-function
printing products. Our leadership team developed the largest
non-food franchise in the U.S. by making strategic
partnerships. And we’re using that strategy again.
We’re confident our footprint will grow because of the
Toshiba/Instant Imprints partnership.”
The first Instant Imprints franchise location was opened in San
Diego in 2002. Currently, there are more than 40
globally. “The team driving Instant Imprints forward truly
impressed us. Toshiba is excited to be working closely with them to
help franchisees succeed and grow,” said Larry White, vice
president, Sales, TABS.
About Instant Imprints
Instant Imprints helps customers promote. The company has revolutionized the promotional advertising industry by combining multiple businesses (screen printing, embroidery, wide format printing, heat transfers, and promotional products) into one efficient business model – the first and still the only franchise to combine these businesses into one model. Every business, school, organization or group needs to promote in order to grow. Instant Imprints empowers its franchisees to imprint on anything from business apparel, event banners, trade show displays, custom t-shirts, pens mugs and business cards, to cars and buildings. Instant Imprints has been ranked as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 10 New Service Franchises. CEO Ralph Askar, with 23 years hands-on franchising experience, brings to Instant Imprints a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisee's and Multiple International Master Licensee's. Askar was an officer of Mail Boxes Etc. parent company from 1995-1997.
Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) is an independent
operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest
electronics/electrical equipment company in the world. TABS is a
leading provider of managed print and professional services (MPS
and PS), and manages product planning, marketing, sales, service,
support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction
printing products, network controllers, and toner products
throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and
the Caribbean. MPS and PS are strategic focus areas for the
company, which first developed and began marketing the Encompass™
MPS program in 2003. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has five
divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner
Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; the
International Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a
wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a
network of wholly-owned office equipment dealers throughout the
United States. Honored with the Channel’s Choice top award for
“Superior Performance” eleven times by the Business Technology
Association (BTA), Toshiba's entire product line, customer support
and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry.
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