June 6, 2022
For Immediate Release
Montebello, NY - The travel schedule has been hot and heavy at iPostal1, as the post-COVID season of industry trade shows is upon us. Most recently, we attended the PostNet Thrive conference for its franchisees in Las Vegas on June 1 and 2.
PostNet has over 200 franchise locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, which offer shipping, printing, and mailbox services. iPostal1 is the PostNet Preferred Digital Mailbox service provider, and PostNet even has a page on its website explaining how digital mailbox service works and linking to iPostal1.com to sign up.
Pack and Ship Store Franchising
While everyone is familiar with the big global franchise corporations such as McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Wendy's, True Value, Ace Hardware, Minuteman Press and many others, franchise operations in the retail pack and ship industry are less well known.
The UPS Store is the largest, with roughly 5,000 locations, followed by Annex Brands with about 600, then PostNet with over 200 and Goin' Postal with about 100. A new franchise, Package Hub Business Centers, now has 600 locations.
There are also about 7,000 independent pack and ship store owners, as most people in the industry prefer to do their own thing and avoid royalty payments of 6% to 7%.
Opportunities for Franchisees
While being independent has its benefits, people who go the franchise route do so because they want the support, the systems, and business guidance that a franchise provides. For people who don't want to waste time and money reinventing the wheel and recognize the benefits of scale when it comes to marketing and purchasing, joining a franchise makes good sense.
PostNet Thrive is one of the highlights of the year for franchisees, as it is an opportunity to deepen their professional expertise, learn about new products and services, network with colleagues, and have some fun. For example, the PostNet franchisees attended breakout sessions on printing software, customer relationship building, and virtual mailbox management, among many others. The big party had a Roaring 20's twist with lots of great costumes and prizes.
In April, iPostal1 attended the Annex Brands annual convention, also in Las Vegas. Postal Annex, Pak Mail and AIM Postal Centers are some of the brands under this franchisor, with over 600 locations in total.
Opportunity for iPostal1
For iPostal1, these conferences are an opportunity to meet with current mail center partners, who provide the day-to-day service to iPostal1 customers. We value sharing information with them and getting feedback on new service ideas and how to improve our current service offerings. It is also a great way to get to know new franchisees who want to become an iPostal1 mail center partner, so that we can meet the escalating demand for digital mailbox service by expanding our extensive network of locations.
Whether franchisees or independent owners, the men and women who operate these stores are expert professionals at what they do, with a deep commitment to providing great service to customers and building their business. Retail pack and ship stores were designated 'essential services' during the COVID pandemic, as countless numbers of people relied on them to ship and receive packages.
iPostal1 is proud to have retail pack and ship stores as our partners!
iPostal1 is the leader in digital mailbox software as a service and mailroom management software. With over 3,000 virtual mailbox locations, iPostal1 is the largest digital mailbox service provider network worldwide. iPostal1 offers proven, proprietary technology that enables any mail center or business center to offer a mailbox address and mail services to customers who live anywhere.
iPostal1 marketing programs attract customers who sign up online for the virtual address or virtual office of their choice and then manage their postal mail and packages with our smartphone app or via tablet or computer. iPostal1 is the Premium Supplier of digital mailbox services for Retail Shipping Associates, the largest shipping store trade association with 7,000 member mailbox stores.
USZoom, LLC, the parent company to iPostal1 with home offices in Montebello, NY, has been developing digital mailbox software since 2007. USZoom also provides digital mailbox technology to business centers, colleges, and corporations.
To learn more about iPostal1 services, visit ipostal1.com.
iPostal1 Digital Mailbox Plans
Virtual Mailing Address
With Digital Mailbox for me or my family. Starting at $9.99/month.
- Get a real physical street address
- View and manage mail and packages remotely
- Stop mail and package theft
- Protect your privacy
Virtual Business Address
With Digital Mailbox for my business. Starting at $14.99/month.
Includes everything in Virtual Mailing Address plus:
- Use it to register your business
- Upgrade your business image
- Optional office building address
With Digital Mailbox plus phone and fax. Starting at $39.99/month.
Includes everything in Virtual Business Address plus:
- Local or toll-free phone and fax
- Call forwarding and voicemail
* Plan pricing varies by "Standard", "Select", "Premium", or "Prestige" mailbox locations.
iPostal1 Digital Mailbox Locations
iPostal1 mailbox locations are professionally-staffed and secure. We can receive your mail and packages and then forward, scan, recycle, shred or let you pick them up. Access your digital mailbox using our app or website.
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