Mail to Cuba

For the first time in more than 50 years, we can now mail to Cuba via the United States Postal Service! We’re now able to send postcards, letters, and some packages via First Class Mail International and Priority Mail International.

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Postage Has Gone Down!

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You didn’t misread that title. Postage has indeed gone down! Here’s the skinny:

The Postal Regulatory Commission authorized an emergency exigent postage increase of 4.3% in January of 2014. But that increase was temporary and, as of tomorrow, April 10th, it will expire and postage will consequently be reduced back by 4.3% on what’s considered “market dominant” mail (mainly First Class letters, postcards, flats, and packages).

Therefore, we’ve reduced our retail postage rates in accordance! Stamp prices are now two cents less for Forever stamps and five cents less for Global stamps, and many other USPS products and services–especially First Class Mail–have been reduced as well.

Just to put in perspective how epic this postage decrease is, this is the first time in 97 years that the price of a stamp has gone down. That’s pretty awesome!

See you soon!

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Spring WVBR Ad

Check out our latest radio ad, airing now through the end of the semester on WVBR!

(We added a few slides in the background to jazz it up as a mini video.)


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Extra! Extra!

unnamedWe now are an official site for The Cornell Daily Sun!

Established in 1880, The Cornell Daily Sun has one of the largest distributions of any college paper. In 2013, the Princeton Review named The Cornell Daily Sun as the #1 college newspaper in the United States! It’s free, it’s fabulous, and it has Uncle Marty’s ad in it every Monday.

Stop in to pick up your copy today … and every day!

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Even Better FedEx Rates … Again


A couple of times a year, FedEx reviews our account and makes adjustments to our pricing according to our volume, track record, and level of service. Once again, they have been very pleased with what Uncle Marty’s is doing and have graced us with even better discounts.

This morning, Marty was thrilled to pass along this new pricing to our beautiful, loyal customers by taking an ax to our already great FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery retail rates.

When we grow, you save … and you can take that to the bank!

#ShipHappy #ShipSafely #ShipatUncleMartys

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Happy Easter


Uncle Marty’s will be closed Saturday, March 25th. We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Otherwise, our hours will remain normal (9-6, Monday-Friday; 10-3, Saturday) over Cornell’s spring break.

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DHL & FedEx Operations in Brussels

We are deeply saddened by the horrific attacks yesterday in Belgium. Both DHL and FedEx have published updates regarding their service in Brussels. We anticipate that these delays and disruptions will be very temporary, and trust that the carriers are doing everything they can to get shipments delivered as soon as possible. We’ll continue to update this post as updates are received.

3/23/16: From DHL:

Status Update: DHL Operations in Brussels

As a result of today’s terror attacks in Brussels, there are a number of ongoing security operations in the city and airport. DHL Express and DHL Parcel have temporarily suspended delivery and pick-up services in the city center and we have strengthened security measures at facilities, including our hub at Zaventem Airport. All flights to/from Brussels are currently suspended, and we are therefore reviewing contingency options for shipments currently scheduled in transit to Brussels to ensure that they can be re-routed and that disruption for customers is minimized. Please note that delays on shipments to/from Brussels are likely. Services to other locations in Belgium are being maintained. We will provide further updates once they become available.

3/23/16: From FedEx:

Events in Brussels

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the terrible incidents in Brussels on the morning of March 22.

FedEx is complying with security measures that have been put in place by authorities.  The safety of our team members remains our highest priority.

Operations and deliveries in the Brussels area and near the airport may experience some disruptions due to government security measures, but FedEx expects minimal impact to our operations across the region.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide the best service possible under the circumstances.

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Remembering President Garrett

We are saddened today to hear of Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett’s passing.

2015 09 01 - BEAR Walk - Ithaca, NY (29)At the 2015 BEAR Walk, shortly after President Garrett’s inauguration, we had the great pleasure to meet her and discuss Cornell’s role in Collegetown and the university’s valued partnership with the Collegetown Small Business Alliance. President Garrett was incredibly positive about future collaborations, and her energetic and warm demeanor struck up an instant camaraderie. The very next day, Marty had a personal email from her expressing appreciation for a new connection. She was absolutely genuine.

President Garrett will be surely missed, and we will remain truly grateful for the great impact she had during her short time in Ithaca.

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We’re a Certified Gold Store

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Uncle Marty’s Shipping Office is now an Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC) Business of Excellence Certified Gold Store!

The AMBC Certified Store Program is an initiative to recognize the very best independent shipping and business centers in the country, and Uncle Marty’s is incredibly proud to be among the very first recipients of this prestigious recognition.

To become a Certified Gold Store, the owner must hold a Master of Retail Shipping Management Degree (which Marty does), have excellent history and experience in the industry (Marty’s been involved for 25, with his own store for five), regularly attend industry conventions and events (Marty not only always attends, but also mentors, teaches, and presents), have had a certain number of hours training in packing, shipping, and store operations (Marty is not only well trained, but also serves as a national trainer for the Retail Shipping Institute), and all staff must be sufficiently trained and certified as well.

In addition to the owner’s qualifications, standards to become a Certified Gold Store are also extremely high for the business itself. We must consistently be in excellent standing with all vendors and shipping carriers (FedEx, DHL, USPS, etc.), meet strict carrier requirements for store quality, reputation, and presentation, pass annual store reviews with a minimum score of 90% (which we, of course, exceed), maintain a fabulous website and social media presence, consistently receive positive reviews from customers (with our gratitude for our customers’ overwhelmingly awesome feedback, allowing us to grow), and much, much more.

Being one of the first Certified Gold Stores in the country is kind of a big deal. We are honored, humbled, and energized to only get better and better. Here’s to a job well done, and to a bright future serving our beautiful community!

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Ithaca’s International Shipping Specialists

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As a FedEx Authorized ShipCenter, a USPS Approved Postal Provider, and the region’s highest volume DHL Authorized Shipping Center, we are Ithaca’s International Shipping Specialists!

We know what we’re doing, have the training and certification to prove it, and compare services from all three carriers in one screen to help you make the right decision for your international shipment.

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