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postal-connectionsPostal Connections of America is a thriving operation of 40 stores in 16 states with two more to open before years end. In addition to a real commitment to customer-centricity, Postal Connections remains dedicated to the following:
 

  • Improving operations by expanding products and services
  • Being a true partner in the communities where stores are located

 

Improving Operations

For example, Postal Connections has had much success with the addition of iSoldIt online sales assistance service to its stores. iSold It is a way for customers and local businesses to sell unwanted/ unused or overstock merchandise on eBay, Amazon or Craigslist without having to go through the hassle of listing those items themselves. The Postal Connections staff takes care of everything, the item description, photos, correspondence with bidders/buyers and all other aspects of the sale. After the item is sold, you receive a check minus the sales and listing fees.
 
Postal Connections also has plans to make it even easier for customers to use our services by opening convenient one stop PC Express outlets within Wal-Mart Super centers across the country. The recently opened Redmond, OR PC Express has had an overwhelming response from customers. This location features packing & shipping, copies & print, faxing, notary service, iSoldit online sales assistance and more.
 

Community Involvement

If you are fortunate enough to be near a Postal Connections store, you might have noticed the community involvement, particularly for US military personnel. For example, in 2017:
 
Locations across the country held the second annual Military Moments donation drive, shipping more than 600 pounds of care packages to military staff. Food requested was:
 

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  • Healthy snacks (jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks)
  • Drink mix packets (Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and Crystal Light packets)
  • Microwavable food (Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee and oatmeal)
  • Non-perishable food (tuna cans/packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods)
  • Toiletries (travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes and hand sanitizer)

 
Stores also participated in the Send Your Love campaign around Valentine’s Day. Blank cards were supplied for customers to jot down a quick note to the service men and women, eventually adding up to more than 700 notes sent to service members!
 
Visiting your local Postal Connections store will not only help with your home or business administrative tasks but will show you Postal Connections commitment to community betterment!

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Customized Boxes

Sometimes the item you are shipping just won’t fit in any available box! With its weird angles, funky corners or curves, it seems an impossible task to pack it correctly for that 1,300 mile trip to your mother for her birthday.
 

Packing Odd Shaped Items

custom-boxesHow do you pack that special item so it arrives at its destination in one piece? You’ve checked for the right box size but it doesn’t exist which means you may have to try to create a custom box yourself. There is an actual art to making one of those and it is rarely an easy process for the untrained.
 
It might require putting 2 or more boxes together to approximate the fit you need. Then, it’s time to select the appropriate bubble-wrap, packing peanuts, or other inside padding to shield the item against mayhem along the 1,300-mile route.
 
This is all very time consuming, confusing, expensive and a major inconvenience with no guarantee that the item will reach its destination intact!
 
At Postal Connections we have the training and experience to create that custom box and save you the hassle. Our packing experts will professionally pack and ship your oddly shaped, fragile, special and valuable items to ensure their safe arrival.
 

Packing Guarantee

 
The Postal Connections guarantee provides peace of mind because your items are packed to meet or exceed any and all carrier requirements. If any damage or loss occurs during transit, your Postal Connections store stands behind the packaging, guaranteeing it for insurability.
 

All Your Business Needs!

 
At Postal Connections our specialty is packing and shipping, printing and copying, mailbox rental, custom print/design and more! We’re here for all your business needs!
 
Postal Connections stores are independently owned and operated. Many are family owned with active ties to the community as well as having membership with local Chamber of Commerce.
 
Note, not all services are offered by all stores. Please contact your local store for more information on offered services.

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What Postal Connections Knows about Damaged Packages

fragile-packagingWe learned some interesting statistics about packages damaged in shipping. For example, UPS handles and ships an average of 15.6 million packages and documents daily. And around the holidays, it is closer to 20 million. Even with a .001 percent damage rate, a rate that may be acceptable in the industry, that’s more than 15,000 damaged packages daily. And that’s just from UPS!
 
Add in FedEx and the Post Office and the potential exists for a lot of items to be damaged while being shipped even operating at a miniscule .001 damage rate. The primary cause of damage is improperly packed items. This means that incorrect materials such as used cartons and newspaper may have been used as packing material.
 

Proper Packaging is Key!

Improper packaging is one of the top reasons insurance claims are denied on damaged packages. For example, you think you packed the box correctly, stuffing tons of bubble wrap in there and taping it so not even a sliver of air could get in. But while the box sat on the floor a fork lift dropped a 200-pound piece of machinery on it.
 
poor-packagingYou submit a claim and guess what? It could get denied solely because the tape you used was not wide enough! Save some anxiety and let Postal Connections expertly pack your items. The packaging will properly cushion whatever item you are sending and the shipping box will be perfect. And if your package does get damaged in shipment your claim will not be denied for improper packaging!
 

Postal Connections is your one stop shop for all your business needs!

At Postal Connections we specialize in a full array of business services including packing and shipping, copies, creative design and print, fingerprinting and passport photos, ink stamps, send and receive fax, mailbox rental and more.
 
Postal Connections stores are independently owned and operated. Many are family owned with active ties to the community as well as having membership with local Chamber of Commerce.
 
Note, not all services are offered by all stores. Please call your local store for available services.

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A Typical PCA Store

At Postal Connections, our specialty is packing and shipping to anywhere in the world, printing and copying and providing services for small businesses or anyone else that is always on the go with little time to spare. We are here to make your life easier.
 

Packing and Shipping

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Expert packaging and shipping alternatives for all types of items is how we started. You can be assured that your items will be securely packed and will arrive safely to their destination. That includes gifts for Christmas, birthday and any other special gifts you need to send to loved ones throughout the year.
 

Color Copies and Printing

 
freight-shippingWe offer state-of-the-art copiers for customer use to ensure clean, crisp b/w or color copies. We can also do the copying for you and can offer assistance on how to make your message really stand out.
 
If you need professional Print and Design services we can help you with that too! We offer professional one on one design service with easy ordering and fast turnaround on most print items including flyers, menus, brochures, yard signs, business cards, EDDM cards and many other items.
 

Postal Connections is here for all your business needs! Other services may include:

  • Packing and Shipping Services
  • Mail Box Services
  • Mail Forwarding
  • Certified Mail/Return Receipt
  • Overnight Document & Package Delivery
  • FedEx
  • USPS, Priority Mail
  • Packing and Moving Services
  • Packing and Moving Boxes
  • Gift Boxes
  • Computer Rental
  • Internet Access
  • Resume Services
  • Notary
  • Digital Printing
  • Secure Shredding
  • Keys
  • Secretarial/ Administrative Services
  • Boxes of all Sizes
  • Digital Imaging
  • Copy and Print Services
  • Full Service Black & White Copies
  • Self Service Black & White Copies
  • Color Printing and Copies
  • Printing Services: Business Cards
  • Brochures, Posters, Flyers
  • Envelopes and Letterhead
  • Binding
  • Laminating
  • Collating
  • Full Range of Finishing Services
  • Padding
  • Presentation Materials and Supplies
  • Commercial Accounts Available
  • Fax Services, Send and Receive
  • Business Forms
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Custom Rubber Stamps

 
Note, not all services are offered by all stores. Please call ahead to make sure.

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A local drive for overseas care packages

overseasMay is more than a month for celebrating moms and observing Memorial Day.

To underscore this, franchise owners of the Silverton and Stayton Postal Connections, Don and Sue Harteloo, have put together an annual drive similar to others they’ve conducted in the past intending to show some appreciation to overseas military personnel.

According to Military.com, May is National Military Appreciation Month as designated by the U.S. Congress in 1999.

The National Military Appreciation Month websitenotes that this month includes related designations of May 1 as Loyalty
Day, May 8 as VE Day, May 12 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 20 as Armed Forces Day and, finally Memorial Day on May 29.

In a press release issued earlier this month the Harteloos announced “in honor of May being nationally recognized as Military Appreciation Month, Stayton and Silverton’s Postal Connections stores are hosting its second-annual month-long, community-wide donation drive to gather much-needed items for military members serving overseas.”

The business owners conducted a similar drive a year ago, and in February they encouraged community members to send cards and notes overseas as sort of a Valentines Day themed show of appreciation.

Gathering for a care package to Kuwait

Throughout the balance of this month, the local Postal Connections are accepting donations from area residents, businesses and community members to compile “care packages” to be sent to military bases or local military personnel serving abroad.

A provided list of recommended ideas is as follows:

  • Healthy snacks (jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks)
  • Drink mix packets (Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and Crystal Light
    packets)
  • Microwavable food (Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee
    and oatmeal)
  • Non-perishable food (tuna cans/packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods)
  • Toiletries (travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet
    wipes and hand sanitizer)

(Military personnel) work diligently to protect our country, day in and day out, and sometimes without the everyday essentials that they’re used to,” said Postal Connections COO Fred Morache. “In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we wanted to recognize our military members by surprising them with those comforts from home donated by people who appreciate the work they do…

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Military Moments

militarymomentsAt Postal Connections, we recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States military.
 
In honor of May being Military Appreciation Month, we are excited to announce our Military Moments campaign designed to give back to those who work diligently to protect our country.
 
From Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 31, Our Postal Connections store will be accepting donations of goods from local residents and businesses. These donations will be sent to veterans and active duty military personnel serving here and overseas. Suggested items for donation include:
 
• Healthy snacks
• Drink mix packets
• Microwavable food
• Non-perishable food items
• Toiletries
 
In addition to local community donation drives, Postal Connections has also launched a nationwide social media sweepstakes with a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! The winner will be selected from all national entries received as of May 31, 2017. To enter customers are asked to share a photo of a friend or family member in the military along with a note of appreciation for that person using hashtag #MilitaryMoments. Please visit our this link for more information and official sweepstakes rules.

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Postal Connections Ships Everything!

Electronics and Computer Shipping

 
electronic-shippingPostal Connections specializes in shipping fragile electronics. Right now, this might come in handy with your college student returning home. Shipping the electronics used on campus might be the best way to make sure they arrive home safely!
 
Satellite dish controllers, laptops, smart phones, blue-ray players, cable boxes, tablets, audio systems, medical instruments, TVs, etc. These and other electronics will need extra-special shipping and handling.
 
Your Postal Connections staff is expertly trained in all aspects of packaging, especially electronics. We dip into our wide variety of box sizes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, tape and similar materials that allow us to pack and ship your electronics so they arrive at the destination intact.
 
For packing and shipping electronics, visit the experts at Postal Connections.
 

Antique Shipping

 
antique-shippingTrust your next antique shipment to the pros!
 
Your great grandmother’s sewing table, a 200-year-old grandfather clock, an original Gutenberg bible, a rare vase, whatever, can be expertly packed and shipped by your local Postal Connections. If you don’t know the tricks behind antique shipping, it can be a disaster.
 
The knowledgeable staff at your Postal Connections store are experts in all aspects of packing your antiques because we specialize in packing and shipping these precious and valuable items. It’s a tricky business, often calling for creative thinking and packing as well as selecting the right shipper for the items. We stock many box sizes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, tape and other materials so that your antique can withstand any abuse while in-route to its destination.
 
If we pack it for you, you can rest assured it will arrive safe and sound.
 
Note: Not all Postal Connections Stores offer all services. Please call ahead and we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs or provide convenient options.

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Postal Connections Ships Freight!

freight-shippingPostal Connections of America Freight Service
 
We have always shipped anywhere and now Postal Connections can ship ANYTHING, Anywhere and Everywhere!
 
Postal Connections stores now offer…
 

Freight Shipping Services for Consumers and Businesses!

 
A thoroughbred? We Ship. Boxes of toys? Same. A Piano? Ditto. Your dog Boots, cat Sheba and rabbit, Magic? We’ll transport them. Dad’s favorite recliner? We ship that, too…
 

How do we move your load?

 
You ask for a quote on your less than truckload (LTL), full truckload (FTL) or don’t know the load (DNL) freight, no matter what the goods are. We scour our shippers for the most economical shipping available at the time. We match your load to the perfect shipper. You receive a quick quote. We ship!
 

Freight shipping benefits

 
Sea container, truck, air, and rail are used to move this type of freight. Whether a full or less than full load regulations, guidelines, requirements and expense for freight transport differ from those used for mailing small or medium sized packages.
 
That’s where your Postal Connections store representative takes over. We use our industry knowledge, extensive network of contacts and regulation savvy to navigate through the freight maze to engineer a reliable, cost-efficient and safe transport of your goods.
 

Call us for a quote today!

 
Bring us your household stuff, cars and boats, office / house moves, livestock / pets, construction and farm machinery, heirlooms, art and anything else we will get it there.
 
If you have a question about an item, remember, most likely We Ship That, Too!
 
Note: Not all Postal Connections Stores offer all services. Please call ahead and we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs or provide convenient options

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Postal Connections is more than a Pack and Ship Store!

Your local Postal Connections store offers many services for all your business needs including packing, shipping, mailbox rentals, document printing, office supplies and shipping supplies, notary, fax and more! Here are just a few:

 

Fax Service

Fax_ServicesCustomers can send or receive documents domestically and internationally with 100% security and confidentiality. Available Fax Services:

  • Domestic long distance fax
  • Incoming and outgoing international fax
  • Incoming and outgoing domestic
  • Satellite fax number sending
  • Local fax Incoming and outgoing

Give our fax number to your business associates, family and friends. Put it on your website and business cards. Ask anyone faxing you to include your name, local contact number or email on the cover sheet. We’ll notify you the minute a fax comes in for you!

 

Office Supplies

Office_SuppliesKeep your office well stocked and organized. Your Postal Connections store features a convenient, dependable service for a variety of routine and one-off business services like packing, shipping and printing.
 
Did you know that as a full-service business service center, we also stock essential office supplies including staples, printing paper, paper clips, writing pads, pens, markers and other items that might otherwise mean an extra trip to the big office box store.
 
Area business owners, home based businesses, freelancers and residents consider us a one stop-business resource. Postal Connections makes your life easier.

 

Greeting Cards

Greeting_CardsBirthdays, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, Sympathy, Hanukah, Christmas, Valentine’s Day cards and many more special days can be marked by one of our greeting cards.

 

Come to Postal Connections of America for those funny, edgy and quirky cards…cards not stocked at the local grocery store or pharmacy. Make your friends and family feel extra-special because they know the extra effort needed to obtain these unique cards

 

Note: Not all Postal Connections Stores offer all services. Please call ahead and we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs or provide convenient options.

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Postal Connections Computer Rentals, Notary Service and Stamps

Computer Rentals

Did your computer suddenly stop running? Need to get on the internet fast? When you absolutely need to get on the internet using a high speed, secure service your Postal Connections store offers quick computer rental and internet access services. Browse the web, create documents and check out what is stored on your cloud.

Use our high-speed computer and internet connection to:
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  • Access Internet news
  • Shop online
  • Check social media
  • Access emails

Notary Public

Finding a notary public whenever you need one can be difficult. Postal Connection’s on-site notary professionals (call for availability) will handle your urgent documents quickly, accurately and according to legal requirements, making the document good anywhere.

Contact your store when you need a notary service for:
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  • Contracts
  • Legal Documents
  • School Permission Slips
  • Medical Release Forms
  • Car Title Transfers
  • Child ID Kits

Postage Stamps

Everyone still needs regular postage stamps and giving them as a gift usually comes as a delightful surprise to the recipient!

stampsHave you ever visited your local post office to buy a book of stamps? The lines can be long and take a while to navigate through to get to the desk. Who needs that?

Buy stamps at your local Postal Connections Store. Not only will we save you time, we will be glad to see you and show you all we have to offer!

If you need a special picture stamp, a commemorative stamp or a large quantity of postage, give us a call or send a message and we may be able to special order the stamps you need.

Note: Not all Postal Connections Stores offer all services. Please call ahead and we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs or provide convenient options.

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