From humble beginnings to a $475 million dollar company,
Unishippers has never lost its focus.
In 1987, four entrepreneurs had an idea for helping small and
medium-sized businesses save money on their shipping: consolidate all of
their shipments under one account in order to receive discounts similar to
those of large companies. With just one partner and one product (U.S.
express), this simple concept of aggregate shipping took hold. And when
85 customers came on board in the first month alone, the Utah Shippers
Association was born. Over 30 years later, that common sense
business model has grown into Unishippers – but the focus of giving
smaller businesses discounts and services they can't get on their own is
still the same.
Unishippers was the very first reseller of complete shipping services in the U.S.
and this straightforward concept has proven to be an inspired business strategy.
With businesses across the country seeking lower cost shipping solutions and better customer service and support, Unishippers quickly
turned to franchising as a way to meet the tremendous demand. Over the years, Unishippers franchise ownership has proven to be a perfect
opportunity for entrepreneurs and self-starters, and today there are nearly 300 successful franchises and affiliate locations in business
nationwide. As Unishippers has grown over the years, it has never lost its focus on providing unmatched personal service to small and
medium-sized businesses. And each member of the executive team at Unishippers is also a franchise owner, so they have a unique
perspective and commitment that most franchise organizations don't have.
The Unishippers Timeline
UniShippers Association (USA)
founded in Salt Lake City as a
reseller for Purolator Courier.
UniShippers sells first
Emery Worldwide purchases
Unishippers signs a contract to
resell Airborne Express.
Unishippers sells its 100th
Unishippers reaches more than
2 million in shipment volume
and $30 million in system
the largest customer of
Unishippers sells 200th
New logo and new name,
Unishippers adds freight to its
Unishippers adds DHL
International Express to its
Unishippers launches its first
freight click and ship,
New U logo and brand
Unishippers Freight Manager
is launched to replace
Unishippers signs contract
with UPS to be its first reseller.
Unishippers achieves record
breaking revenue of $342
million and launches the next
generation of Freight Manager.
Unishippers celebrates 25th
anniversary and announces
new National franchises.
Unishippers system-wide revenue
tops $375 million and sells its
seventh National franchise.
Unishippers reports a record high
system-wide revenue of $475 million
and is one step closer to reaching its
2020 goal of $1 billion in revenue.