UBreakiFix

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uBreakiFix is an American electronics repair company based in Orlando, Florida.[1] The company has more than 200 locations in 32 states, as well as locations in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.[2] The company has repaired more than 1.5 million devices since its inception in 2009.[3] uBreakiFix provides same-day repair of electronics including smartphones, game consoles, tablets, and computers. The average cost for device repair at a uBreakiFix location remains close to $85 and repairs normally take about thirty minutes.[3][4]

The company was rated the 3rd fastest-growing company in Orlando Business Journal's Fast 50: Fastest Growing Companies 2016 list.[5] It was 17 on the Florida Fast 100 in 2014. In 2013, it was ranked the 13th fastest-growing company by Top 50 list by Inc. Magazine. [6][7]

Overview

uBreakiFix provides services such as mending cracked screens, water damage, software issues, camera issues, and most other technical problems. New technicians take a 6-week training program before conducting repairs in store.[8] In August 2014, the company released ship-to-store in 21 locations, which allowed customer repairs which have to be done out of shop to return to the customer quickly without additional shipping costs.[9] Each location is authorized by SquareTrade repair facility.[10] uBreakiFix opened 63 new locations in 2015, debuting in six states including Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, New Mexico, Minnesota and South Carolina. In 2015, store sales reached $62 million.[no citations needed here]

History

The home office of uBreakiFix in Orlando, Florida
The home office of uBreakiFix in Orlando, Florida

Justin Weatherill and David Reiff founded uBreakiFix in April 2009 after Justin broke the screen of his iPhone 3 and attempted to fix it with parts he found on eBay. The two knew each other from high school, and they both attended the University of Central Florida. They aimed to make a business fixing phones for people for less money than what it cost to replace it. They began to fix phones for people out of Justin’s living room and at coffee shops.[8] Eddie Trujillo, a friend of Justin’s, offered to help the two open a physical location so that people would not have to mail in their devices. The first uBreakiFix opened late summer 2009 in Orlando. In the first two months, the physical store passed the website in sales and three months later, they opened another location. In 2013, uBreakiFix started selling the name to franchise owners.[8]

uBreakiFix opened the first international uBreakiFix in Montreal, Canada in March 2014.[11] By January 2015, there were 100 open and operating uBreakiFix locations.[12] That summer, uBreakiFix celebrated the repair of 1 million devices.[13] The company relocated its headquarters to downtown Orlando, Florida in December 2015. The office space resides in the entire second floor of the SunTrust Center.[12] In March 2016, uBreakiFix opened its 200th store in Davie, Florida. By the end of 2016, the company plans to have 275 corporate and franchise locations in total.[14]

References

  1. "uBreakiFix Grows at the Speed of Tech in 2015; Repair Trend Ticks Upward". http://www.franchising.com/news/20160119_ubreakifix_grows_at_the_speed_of_tech_in_2015_repa.html. 
  2. "uBreakiFix Locations". uBreakiFix.com. https://www.ubreakifix.com/locations. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tech Repair Store, uBreakiFix, Opens Fourth Ontario Location". http://www.franchising.com/news/20160518_tech_repair_store_ubreakifix_opens_fourth_ontario_.html. 
  4. Sentinel, Orlando. "David Reiff: uBreakiFix helps bring broken electronics back to life". http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-cfb-talking-with-ubreakifix-20141005-story.html. 
  5. "Central Florida's fastest growing companies continue to be an indicator of how fast the area is growing - Orlando Business Journal". http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/subscriber-only/2016/06/10/fast-50-fastest-growing-companies.html. 
  6. Susan Lundine (November 21, 2014). "uBreakiFix opens Wichita location". Orlando Business Journal Online. 
  7. "These are the fastest-growing companies in the Sunshine State". Jacksonville Business Journal. September 19, 2014. https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/CL_Inc_5000_Fastest.pdf
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 NBRbizrpt (2016-05-06), Nightly Business Report - May 6, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H2h4xubLq4, retrieved 2016-05-31 
  9. "uBreakiFix debuts ship-to-store program in 21 locations - Orlando Business Journal". http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2014/08/27/ubreakifix-debuts-ship-to-store-program-in-21.html. 
  10. Carrie Rengers (October 20, 2014). "First of three uBreakiFix stores to open at NewMarket Square". The Wichita Eagle. http://www.kansas.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/carrie-rengers/article3085761.html. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  11. uBreakiFix. "uBreakiFix Canada Opens Its Doors". http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ubreakifix-canada-opens-its-doors-251383121.html. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "uBreakiFix establishes downtown Orlando HQ - Orlando Business Journal". http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2015/01/ubreakifix-establishes-downtown-orlando-hq.html. 
  13. "uBreakiFix opens first SC location on Haywood Road". http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/money/2016/01/07/ubreakifix-opens-first-sc-location-haywood-road/78429260/. 
  14. "uBreakiFix, Fast-Growing Tech Repair Brand, Opens 200th Location on 5/23 in Davie". http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/ubreakifix-fast-growing-tech-repair-brand-opens-200th-location-on-5-23-in-davie-2127415.htm. 

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