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14 09, 2020

Batteries Plus Poised for Expansion Due to Essential Demand for Batteries, Lights and Repairs

2020-09-14T10:05:36-04:00September 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Record-Breaking Sales Months, Multi-Unit Franchise Deal Point to Quick-Service Retail Model’s Strength.

HARTLAND, Wis. — As a result of the ongoing pandemic and the ever-increasing demand for essential products that fill consumer’s immediate needs, one national specialty retailer is experiencing unprecedented growth. Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, has generated 12 new franchise agreements in 2020 and is on track to sign over 20 new franchise agreements by yearend.

Batteries Plus businesses across the country have remained open to help individuals, communities, and organizations keep their devices and electronic equipment (including laptops, hearing aids, medical devices like infusion pumps, monitors, carts on wheels, and more) running as smoothly as possible. The needs-based nature of the business provided reliable income to franchisees and resulted in the brands best sales and comp growth month on record in the 30-plus year history of Batteries Plus. Part of the recent development for the specialty retailer includes the company’s largest multi-unit deal to open four locations throughout Boise and Western, Idaho.

“At the outset of the pandemic, we braced for the impact on the retail sector but are extremely pleased to see our performance remain stable with double-digit growth in e-commerce,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus. “It’s been a steady upward climb with strong numbers starting mid-to-late April with July being our best July ever and our 8th best sales month in company history. The dedication and grit our franchise stores have shown throughout this tough economic time has been impressive and now new candidates are taking notice of our strong business model.”

While the brands core offerings are fundamental to people’s lives and are built on multi-billion-dollar industries (Batteries, $32B; Bulbs, $22B, Device Repair, $4B, Key Fobs, $2B, Smart Home Technology $90.9M) – the pandemic realities shined a brighter light on the value of the Batteries Plus franchise opportunity.

The COVID-19 impacts that led to the immediate offering of contact-less curbside delivery included: the rise of the remote workforce, first-responders and hospitals in need of reliable batteries, virtual learning, consumers powering up outdoor toys (RV cars and boats) and Smart Home technology. Many franchisees of the 723-unit, Omni-channel retailer had to add staff and expand hours to meet the needs throughout this year.

“As customer behavior shifts, a quick-service retail model will remain prominent and a nonnegotiable,” said Joe Malmuth, Managing Director of Franchise Development. “Batteries Plus was proactive and has a plan for the ‘next normal,’ retail environment. Our new franchise owners are eager to be a part of the solution-driven based business concept that always places customer satisfaction at the top.”

In fact, the 4-unit deal led by an entrepreneurial, three-generation run family business chose to invest in the company because they saw the superior world-class support from the perspective of the commercial business account first. Working over 30 years within a brand name car dealership led the entrepreneurs to see the value of the concept through the battery needs of the automotive industry. The owner plans to target dealerships throughout his market for business accounts to deliver better products and pricing for his future customers.

Batteries Plus has multiple revenue streams to serve every individual and the needs of a variety of sectors including schools, contractors, churches, municipalities, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, property managers and assisted living centers. Batteries Plus has a franchisee-first mentality that is the cornerstone to its world-class franchisee support and proprietary technology advancements built within the model.

“Our brand fills a much-needed niche in communities across the country, especially in times of economic uncertainty,” said Jon Sica, Chief Strategy Officer. “We performed well both through 9/11 and the downturn in 2008, because most often customers opt to repair instead of replacing cars, devices and other home electronics. Now with the omni-channel technology we’ve built and our growing team of franchise owners, we’ve never been in a better position to serve customers and continue expanding nationwide.”

To hear more about the franchise opportunity or step into a store and tour virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

4 09, 2020

#LaborDayOn: 200+ Jobs Available at Batteries Plus Bulbs

2020-09-04T12:11:22-04:00September 4th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Retailer joins other national brands in highlighting available career opportunities.

HARTLAND, Wis. — Batteries Plus Bulbs, a national retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services, is joining Red Wing Shoes’ #LaborDayOn campaign to highlight available career opportunities this Labor Day weekend. The campaign is meant to help the 25 million currently unemployed Americans connect with employers who are looking to hire.

Batteries Plus Bulbs understands that many people looking for work are hoping to serve their local communities. The retailer has over 700 stores in 47 states. Many of the stores are independently owned franchises and operate as small, local businesses. Open positions at Batteries Plus Bulbs include warehouse associates, store managers, repair technicians and sales and customer service roles at its corporate headquarters.

“We know there are many dedicated Americans looking for jobs right now, and through #LaborDayOn we want to help them find jobs in our stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters,” said Carole Witkowski, vice president of human resources for Batteries Plus Bulbs. “If you’re interested in a company that invests in the success of its individual employees and thrives on collaboration, Batteries Plus Bulbs might be what you’re looking for.”

The retailer offers essential items such as thermometer batteries and laptop chargers as well as phone repair services that help people stay connected with loved ones while they may remain safely distant. Because of its essential status, Batteries Plus Bulbs stores have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing reliable jobs for associates.

For a full listing of Batteries Plus Bulbs’ more than 200 currently available career opportunities, visit batteriesplus.com/career.

About Batteries Plus Bulbs:

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit www.batteriesplus.com.

13 08, 2020

Batteries Plus Bulbs Helps Students Prepare for Return to (Home) School

2020-08-13T10:49:23-04:00August 13th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

National retailer powers devices, repair services during reimagined back-to-school shopping season.

HARTLAND, Wis. — With school districts nationwide offering fully virtual or hybrid alternatives to in-person instruction this fall due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of elementary, high school and college students will be relying on electronic technology for online learning. Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation’s leading battery, light bulb, phone repair and key fob franchise, offers an array of products and services to keep students connected whether they’re at home or back in the classroom.

According to the National Retail Federation, families are looking for different supplies this year in light of the pandemic. Laptops, speakers, headphones and other electronic accessories are among the most popular products students will be using specifically to assist in their e-learning experience. Parents shifting to work-from-home in order to accompany their children will need to be equipped with the proper supplies, as well.

To help keep students connected and their devices powered up to full capacity, Batteries Plus Bulbs offers a number of products and services, including:

  • Laptop Battery Replacement: Video conferencing and other online learning applications can take a toll on battery power and life. Batteries Plus Bulbs associates can find a new laptop battery and install it in-store.
  • Device Repair: Wear and tear from increased use of laptops and tablets can result in cracked screens, broken audio jacks and charge ports and more. Batteries Plus Bulbs offers device repair services to fix electronic devices and accessories and even protect them from future damage.
  • Electronic Accessories: Whether it’s chargers, spare batteries, headphones or speakers, Batteries Plus Bulbs carries all the accessories you need to supplement your devices and get the most out of your online learning experience.

Batteries Plus Bulbs is also helping schools prepare for a fully virtual or hybrid learning environment by replacing school-owned Chromebook and laptop batteries and chargers, installing energy-efficient LED lighting and acting as a local, cost-effective source for alkaline batteries. With high demand for these products and many more nationwide, Batteries Plus Bulbs stores have extensive quantities to meet customer needs before the school year begins. Shoppers can also find products available for purchase online at https://www.batteriesplus.com/.

For convenience in light of new business regulations and social distancing recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers can also call their local store or order online for curbside pickup.

Product experts at each Batteries Plus Bulbs location help customers find the right product or repair solution for their unique online learning needs. To find your local Batteries Plus Bulbs store, visit https://www.batteriesplus.com/store-locator.

About Batteries Plus Bulbs:

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit www.batteriesplus.com.

12 06, 2020

5 Tips for Staying Powered Up Through California’s Wildfire Season

2020-06-12T11:53:03-04:00June 12th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As experts anticipate a prolonged wildfire season, Batteries Plus Bulbs offers precautions.

HARTLAND, Wis. — Last year’s public safety power shut-offs left more than 2.6 million California residents without power for varying amounts of time. With longer, more intense wildfire seasons projected for 2020, it’s more important than ever for Californians to be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time and ready to evacuate their homes at a moment’s notice.

Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation’s largest battery and light bulb franchise, is sharing five precautions that California residents can take in order to stay powered up through a power outage or evacuation.

  1. Store an Emergency Kit in Your Home: Stock your kit with first-aid supplies, nonperishable food, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, a portable charger and extra batteries.
  2. Purchase a Generator: A generator can be a great investment if you’re concerned about powering up your home during an extended power outage. Have a backup battery on hand for your generator and familiarize yourself with how it operates ahead of time.
  3. Stock Up on Backup Batteries for Essential Devices: Purchase backup batteries for mobility scooters, glucose meters, hearing aids and other medical devices. Also consider whether backup batteries could be useful for other items in your home, like your sump pump.
  4. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car: Include jumper cables, a jack, wheel wrench and other basic tools in addition to bottled water, a first-aid kit and an inverter that allows you to plug devices like phones or laptops into your car battery to charge.
  5. Have Spare Keys Handy: To avoid searching for your keys while evacuating, keep a spare set in a handy location. Make sure your extra keys include a fob with a fully charged battery.

“Being prepared before a public safety power shut-off is announced will allow California residents to avoid needing to scramble for supplies at the last minute,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs. “They can stop by their local Batteries Plus Bulbs store to stock up on batteries, flashlights and other products that will help them stay safe in an emergency.”

To learn more about staying powered up during wildfire season, visit Batteries Plus Bulbs’ emergency preparedness page, or visit your nearest Batteries Plus Bulbs store.

About Batteries Plus Bulbs:

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit www.batteriesplus.com.

18 03, 2020

Batteries Plus Bulbs Remains Open to Meet Immediate Consumer Needs; Adds Curbside Pickup

2020-03-18T16:54:46-04:00March 18th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Franchise continues to provide essential battery products, device repair services.

HARTLAND, Wis. — To ensure that its customers are able to stay connected and powered up throughout the efforts to curb COVID-19, Batteries Plus Bulbs stores plan to remain open to continue serving customers the essential products they need during this time.

The retailer, which has more than 700 stores across 47 states, supplies products and services that meet an immediate customer need, or that can’t be found elsewhere because stores are closed or out of inventory.

For commercial customers, Batteries Plus Bulbs provides critical items to hospitals, municipalities, warehouses and more, including:

  • Sealed lead acid for pallet jacks, backup systems and more
  • Communication products such as two-way radio and phone batteries
  • Chargers, batteries and more to keep remote workers connected
  • AA/AAA and other alkaline products in bulk

For consumers, the retailer promises to power:

  • Transportation, whether by vehicle, wheelchair or mobility scooter
  • Home medical devices like hearing aids, glucose meters, thermometers and more
  • Phones, tablets and laptops, essential for working from home and homeschooling
  • Household items that run on alkaline or coin cells

In addition to the widest selection of batteries available, Batteries Plus Bulbs provides repair services for cell phones, laptops and tablets — devices that are essential in helping customers stay connected to loved ones, colleagues and the news.

“Many of our customers rely on our products and services to stay connected, enable their mobility and power their medical devices,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs. “We’re remaining open to ensure they’re able to get the products and services they need, and we’re taking precautions to make sure they can get them in a safe manner.”

To help comply with social distancing recommendations, Batteries Plus Bulbs stores offer curbside pickup. Customers can call their local store to place an order, drive to Batteries Plus Bulbs and staff will deliver the orders to their cars. Additionally, Batteries Plus Bulbs locations are adhering to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to increase cleaning and disinfecting efforts to ensure the safety of customers who would prefer to shop in-store.

Batteries Plus Bulbs also offers products for purchase through its website, batteriesplus.com.

About Batteries Plus Bulbs:

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit https://www.batteriesplus.com/.

6 12, 2019

Batteries Plus Bulbs Recognized for High Quality Device Repair Services

2019-12-06T11:14:13-05:00December 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

National retailer’s device repair service certified by CTIA under WISE™ Program

MILWAUKEE — Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation’s only battery, light bulb and phone repair franchise, is now recognized by CTIA as the first certified device repair retailer under the Wireless Industry Service Excellence (WISE) program.

CTIA is the trade association for the U.S. wireless communications industry, and its WISE program creates a network of certified retail locations, helping consumers identify qualified providers that meet the highest standards for service quality and device repair. More than 730 Batteries Plus Bulbs locations across the country are working towards being certified.

“Batteries Plus Bulbs’ training facility as well as our proprietary methodology and tools have allowed us to provide phone repair services to over 3 million customers to date,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs. “Our WISE certification will help us lead the market in repair quality and reach even more people who are looking for high-quality device repair services.”

Technicians at Batteries Plus Bulbs’ stores nationwide will participate in the WISE technician certification program. The program educates and tests wireless device repair technicians on industry-recognized standards, certifying those that meet the highest standards for service quality and technical skill. The first certification of its kind, WISE-certified device repair technicians provide consumers with a predictable, high-quality repair experience.

Technicians who complete the WISE Technician Certification Program pass an extensive online training course and then advance to a hands-on skills test. The training curriculum provides a comprehensive background in smartphone repair including parts identification, repair tools, diagnostics, device disassembly and reassembly, and guidance for handling the lithium-ion batteries in today’s smartphones. Technicians must renew their certification annually to ensure they stay current on advances in the aftercare of wireless devices.

Batteries Plus Blubs has been a proud member of CTIA and has helped shape the business requirements for the WISE Certification Program by developing requirements for technicians and retailers as well as for industry-recognized standards for the aftercare of wireless devices.

“Batteries Plus Blubs is proud to have been part of this important standard setting, and more importantly, proud to be one of the very first organizations to adopt these industry standards to help raise the bar for a trusted experience when customers seek device repair,” said Williams.

To learn more about Batteries Plus Bulbs and its device repair services, visit https://www.batteriesplus.com/service.

About Batteries Plus Bulbs:

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit www.batteriesplus.com.