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Pandemic Pivot

Pandemic Pivot by Norman Froscher There’s no doubt that 2020 has thrown the entire world a major curveball. COVID-19 has impacted us all in varying degrees, some of which are still being discovered even as we are halfway through the year. The last few months have had...

In Service to You: Being a Board Member

In Service to You: Being a Board Member by Steve Dick A little over two years ago, I was approached about serving on the board of directors for AMBC. I was caught totally by surprise and had many mixed feelings. I was proud that I would even be considered, concerned...

AMBC Membership Changes

AMBC Membership Changes

As AMBC continues to grow, we recognize the importance of bringing as much value to AMBC Members as possible. As a result of feedback we’ve received and thoughtful consideration by the AMBC board of directors and staff, we want to announce some tweaks to how we share...

AMBC Board of Directors Nominations

It's that time again! The AMBC Board of Directors is in need of one or two more AMBC Members to come on board and help steer our organization. As a member-run non-profit organization, AMBC is guided by its member-nominated and member-elected board of directors. Board...

Being Profitable in Unprofitable Times

Being Profitable in Unprofitable Times

Being Profitable in Unprofitable Times by Steve Dick I’ll admit, this is the last topic I ever thought I was going to be writing about. Normally, I’m explaining various facets of the printing world, and how to squeeze every dime out of your printing capabilities. Now,...

Honorary Lifetime Member – Bob Krause

Honorary Lifetime Member – Bob Krause

AMBC is very excited to announce we have given Bob Krause Honorary AMBC Lifetime Member status. Anyone who has been in the industry for a while, and especially who is/was a CMRA, knows Bob. He owned the Mail Depot, Inc. in Virginia Beach, VA for 35 years! In that...

Anytime Mailbox: Gold AMBC Trusted Supplier

Anytime Mailbox: Gold AMBC Trusted Supplier

AMBC is excited to announce Anytime Mailbox as their newest Gold AMBC Trusted Supplier. “We love AMBC’s proactive approach to supporting the retail shipping industry and we are excited to increase our partnership and commitment with AMBC and its membership” -- Matt...

Meet Brad Risch, AMBC Operations Executive

Meet Brad Risch, AMBC Operations Executive

The team at AMBC is thrilled to announce our newest staff member, Brad Risch. Brad has graciously accepted the position of AMBC Operations Executive. He’ll be serving as the non-profit’s liaison and point of contact for AMBC Members, AMBC Trusted Suppliers,...

DHL: Covid-19 UPDATE (03-26-2020)

A message from DHL: Dear Valued Customer, In the face of the challenges posed by the current global COVID-19 situation, DHL Express is working to maintain a reliable delivery service for you and your customers. As mentioned in our previous message, we are currently...

We Are Essential Businesses

Dear AMBC Members, Many of you have asked recently whether you should stay open, modify hours, or close completely during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting local, county, or state-wide stay-at-home orders being enacted. While we can't make this very important, tough...

Be a Thriver

The outbreak of COVID-19 has knocked us all for a loop. It seems like every day we hear of something else that’s being affected. Schools are closing, whole cities and towns are quarantined, states and municipalities are issuing states of emergency, concerts and events...

FedEx: Covid-19 UPDATE (03-17-2020)

An update from FedEx on Covid-19 (03-17-2020): We recognize the trust you place in us when we deliver to your doorstep, shipping dock or place of business. That’s why I want to share an update on the actions we are taking at FedEx to keep you – and our team members –...

You Deserve a Break Today

by Norman Froscher As small business owners and entrepreneurs, we know that we all wear different hats and work long hours to make our stores and operations succeed. Things are continually changing in our industry and the market pressures are only increasing. Often,...

Your 2020 Marketing Plan

by Seema and Fahim Mojawalla 2020 is being hailed as the “Year of Perfect Vision.” What’s your plan for it? When we meet store owners at industry events, we always ask them to make a goal list for the following year, divided into months. Every month, we ask them to...

2020 Vision

by Lisa Blanton and Norman Froscher It’s now 2020 and, as the year implies, it’s time to think about vision. Is your vision 20/20 or are you constantly thinking in hindsight? Are you thinking and acting strategically? Is your vision being impaired by blinders? In this...

I Can Because I Will

by Marty Johnson “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda New year’s resolutions often get a bad rap. In my experience, rarely do they last longer than a few days—a week or two at most if we go by my record. Their...

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

AMBC recommends that you encourage your clients to ship by these dates for the best chance of getting their domestic, contiguous state shipments delivered by Christmas. Please note that guarantees and time commitments may be suspended or extended during peak shipping...

Ask Uncle Marty: Understaffed in Utah

Dear Uncle Marty, I need to hire someone new. I know you’ve written about this before, and I’ve tried some of the methods you suggested but am not having any luck finding the right person. Any other ideas? Thanks, Understaffed in Utah ... Dear Understaffed, It sounds...

Tech Talk with Tobye: Google

by Tobye McClanahan This edition of Tech Talk is going to be a little different. Instead of telling you about some great new app, I’m going to re-introduce you to a free app you’ve all heard of, but unfortunately many aren’t using to its fullest potential. Twenty...

Dog Days of Summer

by Norman Froscher The dog days of summer are gone and soon we’ll be gearing up for another holiday shipping season. But often in this glamorous industry we can get a little bedraggled, feel a little unmotivated, and just get plain weary. As entrepreneurs and small...

Dealing with the Unexpected

by Michele Zajac, Owner of The Boxes etc. in Naperville, Illinois When you own a shipping store, you learn to deal with the unexpected. Every customer and every package is different, every day. It keeps life interesting. Maybe too interesting. Lunch time can span from...

Letting Go to Grow

I’m sitting in my little office in the back of my shop, listening to Aleah and Clark have conversations with our clients. I can trust what they’re saying. I can hear their smiles. And I smile. Over the past year, these two Uncle Marty’s team members have gotten to...

It’s a Small, Small World

by Marty Johnson I just got back from a vacation—the first real vacation I’ve had in over eight years. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve traveled plenty, but it seems it’s always been for a conference, summit, gig, meeting, funeral, or some other event that I needed to be at....

Time for Change

Time for Change By Marty Johnson “The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus Things are not the same today as they were yesterday, very different than they were a few years ago, and entirely different than they were decades ago. Our world, communities,...