Welcome, 2019!

As we close out 2018, we do so with a whole lot of gratitude. This past year was by far our best year yet! Our business grew significantly in 2018, as did our service list and team of smiling faces behind the counter.

We owe all of this to you, our clients and friends. It’s your loyalty, advocacy, and word of mouth recommendations that have allowed us to get to this point. Thank you.

We’re really excited to see what 2019 brings. If there’s something that you’d like to see added or updated to make our one-stop shop even handier, please let us know.

Happy new year!

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Holiday Hours / Last Days to Ship

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Santa’s on his way!

Uncle Marty’s will be closed:
Christmas Eve, Monday December 24th
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25th
New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31st
New Year’s Day, Tuesday January 1st

Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, with limited deliveries on Christmas Eve Monday, so the last day to ship might be sooner than you think!

FedEx has published the following list of last days to ship to ensure your gifts will arrive on time:

FedEx SameDay® City Direct Tuesday, December 25
FedEx SameDay® City Priority Tuesday, December 25
FedEx SameDay® Tuesday, December 25
FedEx First Overnight® Friday, December 21
FedEx Priority Overnight® Friday, December 21
FedEx Standard Overnight® Friday, December 21
FedEx 2Day® A.M. Thursday, December 20
FedEx 2Day® Thursday, December 20
FedEx Express Saver® Wednesday, December 19
FedEx Ground® Monday, December 17
FedEx Home Delivery® Monday, December 17
FedEx SmartPost®
(certain exceptions apply)
Monday, December 10

We wish all of you–our friends and family–a beautiful season. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Congratulations, Aleah and Clark!

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Our very own Aleah and Clark have been certified by the Association of Mail and Business Centers (AMBC) as Advanced Packing Specialists!

A week ago Saturday, we welcomed guests Rebecca and Harrison from Island Ship Center in Grand Island, New York, and together with Aleah and Clark they spent the day here at Uncle Marty’s training on basic and advanced packaging techniques, completing two three-hour classes each.

We’re so proud of our team!

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Aleah

Clark

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Thanksgiving Break

Happy Thanksgiving!

Uncle Marty’s will be closing after our last carrier picks up on Wednesday, November 21st, and remain closed through the weekend so our team members are able to travel to be with their families for the holiday. We’ll reopen Monday morning, November 26th, at 9am.

Many of our carriers (DHL, FedEx, and USPS) have modified service on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and none will have operations on Thanksgiving Day.

We hope everyone has a warm, safe, and delectable Thanksgiving break! See you Monday!

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Lucky 7

7th Anniversary

We’re celebrating our 7th anniversary! Can you believe it!? Seven years have passed since we opened our doors here in Collegetown on September 1, 2011.

This past year has been far and away our best year ever. As our business continues to grow, we will continue to add services and conveniences that make your life easier. There’s a very good, proven reason our slogan is “We Make It Easy!”

We can’t celebrate another anniversary without expressing our gratitude to you, our clients, friends, mentors, neighbors, and community. You are why we’re here, and we value your feedback, encouragement, support, and loyalty tremendously.

Here’s to year eight! May it be just as great!

XO,
Uncle Marty and Team

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Labor Day

Uncle Marty’s will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, for Labor Day.

DHL, FedEx, and the USPS will also pause domestic operations on the holiday.

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FedEx Rates Just Got Lower

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Whaaat? Lower!?

Yes, lower!

Here’s the skinny: FedEx recently announced a change in the way they calculate dimensional weight. (Dimensional weight is the minimum chargeable weight of a shipment based on the size of the container.)

For the past few years, they’ve used the following formula to calculate dimensional weight for both ground and air shipments: LxWxH/139. But now they’ve increased the divisor for shipments via FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery to 166, and elementary math tells us that a higher divisor yields a lower quotient!

For example, a 20x20x20 box used to have a 58 pound dimensional weight (20x20x20/139) regardless of whether it was going air or ground, but now, with the new formula, it has a 49 pound dimensional weight (20x20x20/166) when going ground!

If this all confuses you, don’t worry one bit. That’s why we’re here. Our slogan is #WeMakeItEasy and we stand by it. Just bring your stuff in and let us figure out all of the measurements, formulas, and labeling. We’ll compare ground, air, and other carrier options all in one screen so you can choose the best option for your needs and budget.

We just wanted to share the good news. Officially, FedEx rates have not changed, but with this change to the back-end formula, the way ground shipments are rated will make what you pay a little bit less … and that’s really cool!

See you soon!

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Summer Storage Season

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Marty and Ingrid at one of our three storage areas

Summer storage season is in full swing! We’ve broken records again this year and are so grateful to you for trusting us with your precious items.

Many of you have already received your items back, whether you arranged to pick them up at our shop, we delivered them locally, or we shipped them to you in your new home city. But most of you are still enjoying your summer away from Ithaca and plan to get your items back later this month or next.

When you’re ready, please let us know ahead of time what your plans are. If we haven’t heard from you by your storage expiration time, we’ll reach out to touch base. Planning ahead allows things to run as smoothly as possible, especially during the busy move-in weeks at the end of August.

We appreciate your business, your trust, and your loyalty year after year. See you soon!

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Happy Independence Day!

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Uncle Marty’s will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

DHL, FedEx, and USPS have no domestic operations on the holiday.

See you Thursday!

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Lovepop Cards Are Here!

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You’ve seen them on Shark Tank. And now you’ll see them at Uncle Marty’s!

We’re honored to now carry Lovepop greeting cards: fantastic, 3D pop-up cards that are sure to delight! The detail in Lovepop is extraordinary … truly more of a whole gift than just a greeting card.

Marty was recently in Orlando attending the Retail Shipping Expo, and there he got to meet the Lovepop team (including one of the founders who appeared on Shark Tank). He knew that our clients would love these cards and they’d be a great fit for Uncle Marty’s already very unique selection, so he hand selected an assortment.

Come in and check them out!

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