For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries. The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn Pack & Ship Promise.
Furniture, documents, and other possessions are kept safe and secure within temperature-controlled units at Trindle Self Storage. Twenty-four-hour security cameras keep a constant eye on the grounds, and an onsite manager assists those in need of customer service. There are also outdoor parking spaces for storage of boats and RVs, plus an onsite UPS store at which customers can pack and ship items and copy, print, fax, or notarize documents.
Carlisle Rent-A-Space strives to make storing personal goods as easy as possible. Their units, which range from 25 to 300 square feet, house personal belongings in a clean environment, ensuring that valuables stay protected from the elements and the wrath of Mr. Freeze. Each space also furnishes enough room for renters to drive their car right up to the unit's overhead door, making for quick and easy loading and unloading.
As the brick-and-mortar extension of UPS's international shipping network, The UPS Store offers all the same packing and shipping services as its parent brand. People can have documents or packages sent with their choice of shipping options, from standard Ground service to Next Day Air, all using an in-store selection of envelopes and boxes in a broad range of sizes. Similarly, those expecting deliveries can ask for email or phone alerts, and can opt to have packages left at their choice of address or UPS Store location. The stores specialize in shipping fragile items, including electronics, china, and replicas of the Taj Mahal made entirely out of egg shells. They can even handle large freight items, such as cars and antiques.
Beyond packing and shipping, The UPS Store has also become known for their Small Business Solutions program, in which merchants can set up house accounts for printing, mailbox, shipping, notary, and other services. Group authorization enables multiple employees to have access to the account, and monthly billing ensures companies can easily track their expenses. The on-site mailboxes are accessible 24 hours a day, accept deliveries from all carriers, and have a traditional street address (as opposed to a P.O. box number), which, like a business suit woven from $100 bills, looks more professional. Regular clients can also take advantage of these services a la carte, as well as miscellaneous services such as faxing and passport photos.