Maybe radio advertising has a future? I keep hearing these ads for “The UPS Store” that have been intriguing to me because the UPS Store appears to be able to solve a few problems I have:
1. Driving to the post office to check my post office box only find out I didn’t get any mail that day (The UPS Store will send you an email whenever mail is received).
2. Receiving any and all packages (certain companies won’t ship to a PO box, and obviously the post office won’t sign for my packages, but the UPS Store will).
3. A real street address (the UPS Store gives me a real street address rather than a PO box, which doesn’t look as good, plus there are certain companies that won’t accept a PO box which means I have to give them my home address, but I only check the mail at home once a month which sometimes causes issues).
4. But the #1 problem I’ve had is mail forwarding, and it appears the UPS Store may have solved that for me as well with their Alternate Location Delivery service. Let’s say I want to go live in Boston for two months, just for fun. I can work from Boston as long as I’ve got my laptop and Internet access. That’s easy. I can get my phone calls forwarded from my office phone, no problem. Even my voicemails are forwarded to my email account as audio file attachments. The one problem I have is getting my mail forwarded. The USPS mail forwarding solution stinks. You give them a temporary forwarding address, it takes a few weeks to kick in, it’s unreliable, and then it takes a while to turn off. With the UPS Store apparently you can go online, tell them where to send your mail, and they’ll forward it to any of their 4,300 locations and you can go pick it up. I’m guessing that if you’re traveling and it gets forwarded to a location too late you could even forward it more than once. There’s no such flexibility with the US Postal Service. Not even close.
And the main reason this is a problem for me is that I need to be able to process checks from clients. I can do that remotely (I have a check scanner that sends my deposits to my bank over the Internet) but I have to have the physical check in my hand in order to do it, and the USPS didn’t cut it when I was in Ohio once for six weeks.
The only thing is that I’m not a customer of the UPS Store, so all I have to go on is their advertising which, as I mentioned, is doing it’s job on me. But I’d like to get comments from other people on their experiences with the UPS Store, bad or good. If it works as advertised, then I may have solved the last piece of the puzzle when it comes to being 100% mobile with my business.