South African Printers

Meeting with One of Largest South African Printers

I’m currently traveling in South Africa and finding ways to creatively expand our franchise efforts as our product is very unique in that it doesn’t require a traditional brick and mortar. We need to be able to empower ourselves with the best and brightest South African Printers and globally to be able to create an ecosystem that will allow our franchisees to have sustainable supply chain, technology, and a world-class user experience.

As an entrepreneur, seeing the way business is conducted in other global markets gives you perspective on how expansion can occur.

Kwik Printing is one of the longest established South African Printers, with extensive experience and technical skill. They offer an extensive range of South African business culture relies heavily on personal trust between parties. Whenever possible, schedule a face-to-face meeting to discuss business rather than communicating via email, letter or telephone. Maintain eye contact when you shake hands at your meeting to help build trust. The scope of services that include virco printing, gloss, and matt UV varnishing that includes virco printing, gloss, and matt UV varnishing. I got a chance meet with the Owner @Darren who has been in the business for over 30 years and very well versed and networked in the local community.

Here are the major Takeaways I got about considering Franchising and Business in General In South Africa:

  • South African Printers business culture relies heavily on personal trust between parties. Whenever possible, schedule a face-to-face meeting to discuss business rather than communicating via email, letter or telephone. Maintain eye contact when you shake hands at your meeting to help build trust.
  • The supply chain is deeply fragmented here and things like, Load Shedding, which caused the power to go out create massive disruptions in production and manufacturing supply chain overall which need to be resolved with time.
  • Compared to the United States, I would just say that the personalities and general behavior is much more aggressive and cutthroat. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, step aside because you’re going to get walked all over..
  • Finding strategic area developers as we aim to expand will be key. They need to have experience, strong business experience, and a hunger and passion for the printing / promotional products as marketing agency.

Tarang Gosalia

Tarang is the CEO at Optamark. Optamark is a printing and promotional products agency that designs branded merchandise collections, printing, and company e-stores with a one stop shop experience for leading companies across North America.

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