Cartridge World claims to be the world’s fastest growing ink and toner refilling retailer and franchisor in the printer cartridge industry. The company refills and remanufactures inkjet and toner printer cartridges. Cartridge World has more than 1,650 franchised retail locations in 61 countries.
The company was founded in Australia, but their international headquarters were recently[when?] relocated to its North America headquarters in Emeryville, California. The company was originally called Australian Cartridge Co and was started by Bryan Stokes in 1991. He was joined several years later by Paul Wheeler who helped the company grow. In 1999 the company's name was changed to Cartridge World. In 2004 in the United States, they were growing at roughly one store per day. They currently have over 1,650 stores open worldwide.
OEM printer manufacturers, such as HP and Epson, have challenged cartridge refill industries to compete with their increasing market share. Cartridge World continued to experience "double digit" growth in store-to-store sales through-out 2009..
Cartridge World operates on a franchise system and doesn't require store operators to have any prior technical skills. In the US, it provides as much as 80-hours of training to new franchisees before they open their stores. Shops are typically set up in suburbs and inner-city locations close to small businesses and consumers that would prize proximity and ...