In 1943 Bill LeVine founded Postal Press and built it into one of the leading commercial printing plants in Southern California. In 1964 he converted his business into a “while-you-wait” print centre after realizing there were a substantial number of smaller printing jobs that commercial printers couldn’t do quickly and efficiently. In 1965 the first PIP (Postal Instant Press) opened.
In 1968 the first three Postal Instant Press franchises opened heralding the first franchise organisation in the printing industry. PIP grew rapidly due to a nationwide need for service that would provide instant quality printing at prices far lower than those offered by commercial printing organisations. The success of PIP in this new market permitted others to follow PIP’s lead and created one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.
In 1994, the International Franchise Association (IFA) created the Bonnie LeVine Award in memory of Bonnie LeVine, PIP co-founder and the first woman elected to the IFA Board of Directors, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and of her status as a role model for women in the franchising community. The Bonnie LeVine Award is bestowed upon a female franchisor or franchisee who has best demonstrated her ability in franchising through board positions, volunteer work, mentorship and promotion of the advancement of women in franchising.
In 1996 PIP and MultiCopy, the largest network of business printing centres in Europe, were acquired by Sir Speedy, another leader in the quick printing industry, and Franchise Services, Inc, was formed, the current parent company of PIP and several other printing industry brands.
Today, the brands of Franchise Services, Inc., continue to serve the printing and marketing needs of businesses throughout the country and around the world.
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