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Time for Change

Time for Change By Marty Johnson “The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus Things are not the same today as they were yesterday, very different than they were a few years ago, and entirely different than they were decades ago. Our world, communities,...

Be a Neighborhood Store

There’s this guy that works in the brand new building across the street. He looks official, and my suspicion is that he’s not an office worker there, but rather a foreman or contractor–the lead on one of the few remaining small teams putting...

We're Going Overboard in Niagara Falls

What to expect at AMBC’s epic event, October 27-29 You’ve heard buzz about it for months now. You’ve read e-blasts, seen the schedule, and started to make plans. Many of you have already booked your tickets and made your reservations. You’re excited. And so are we!...

Looking Back to Look Forward

Sometimes we need to take a step back to see how far we’ve come in order to realize, even just a little, the enormous scope of the future’s potential. I want to share a blog post that I wrote today for my store, in celebration of my sixth anniversary....

Why We Should All Be More Like Frannie

Do any of you have an insurance agent? Do you know who they are? Better yet, do they know who you are? I want to tell you about my friend Frannie. Probably about five years ago now, I decided I’d switch my business insurance. I didn’t really have a good...

Keep People Coming Back: A Lesson from Gas Station Pizza

I’m from a New York Italian community where pizza is a way of life. I’ll take on anyone and debate the merits of crust, sauce, cheese blend, hand tossing, oven styles, fresh or canned mushrooms, anchovies, or any other topic or topping. I know good pizza;...

Celebrate Your Independence with a Wiggle

Independence Day is just around the corner—a day on which we celebrate the tremendous freedom we have as Americans, look toward a future full of unlimited possibilities, and remember the cost at which our freedom came. And then we eat too much, drink too much, and...

Do the Hustle: Overcoming Hardship Through Hard Work

Do the Hustle: Overcoming Hardship Through Hard Work

The month of May is my busy season, and it's just winding down now. My shipping and storage business is in a college town and, as graduation approaches, the students—the majority of whom hail from lands far away—all move out in a mass exodus peaking on Memorial Day...

What If?

I was listening to a TED Talk yesterday. Well, it was really a TED discussion. Chris Anderson was interviewing Elon Musk—you know, the genius behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, Hyperloop, etc.—and the discussion was fascinating! I always enjoy hearing Elon speak about...

Get Involved!

Get Involved!

Dear Uncle Marty, I know you’re involved in some community groups. How do you suggest I get involved, and what are the best groups to join? Hoping to meet new people, Friendly Florence “Flo” Fenstermacher Dear Flo, Indeed, I highly recommend joining some community...

Talk About It

Talk About It

I love talking on the radio. I don't do radio ads often, but when I do I always get a thrill going to the studio, sitting in the soundproof booth, and letting it rip. And every so often I get the opportunity to be interviewed on the radio. Today was one of those...

Shipping Anonymously

Shipping Anonymously

Dear Uncle Marty, Am I allowed to send anonymous packages when people don’t want their name to show on the return address? Under an assumed name,  Incongnito Ignacio Dear Ignacio, I’ve asked a few store owners and my fellow AMBC board members about this since...

Should that be a sale or a referral?

For years, we received requests to ship cars: “How much to ship this car to Texas? How much for my truck? Can I fill it with my stuff and then ship? “ We learned that there are way too many ways for a customer to search for pricing online for it to be worth the time...

Changes coming to the NMFC

NMFC Changes are taking place April 15th, 2017 NMFC = National Motor Freight Classification,  is the system that sets the description and class of everything shipped freight.   The description used to describe an item shipped sets the NMFC number, that...

The Kids' Mailbox

The Kids' Mailbox

I just made a kids' mailbox. It's a concept I've heard of before, but completely forgot about until Henry reminded us of it at the PostalMate regional training weekend a few weeks ago in New York. It's really quite a brilliant idea: put the key to one of your large...