Local Postal Connections Wins Top Sales Award 10th Year Store Achieves No. 1 Status Nationwide

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(BEND, OR) (NOVEMBER 19, 2013) – The Postal Connections of America (PCA) 2012-2013 Top Sales award was recently given to Pete and Sue Pierce of Bend, Oregon who have won the award a record 10 times.  PCA franchisees gathered recently in Portland to honor their own at a regional PCA Franchisee Conference that included education sessions and awards programming.

 

PCA is a franchise chain of postal, shipping and business services stores that is experiencing exceptional growth with same-store sales up 9.2 percent over 2012, for the first nine months of 2013, on top of a 26 percent increase in 2012 over 2011.

 

“Delivering exceptional customer service may not sound exciting but it is what keeps our customers coming back,” explains Pete Pierce.

 

“Pete and Sue are major contributors to their community and also, as more experienced operators, are great mentors to our network’s newer PCA franchisees,” says Fred Morache, franchisor and managing director of PCA.  “Our franchise network is a strong group of collegial business owners who work together and with us to overcome challenges and develop sales opportunities.”

 

The Pierce’s have earned the PCA Top Sales award each year since 2002, except for 2010, when the Bend area experienced a major economic downturn.  The Pierce’s are quick to embrace new product offerings such as the selling of instant refilling of inkjet cartridges and offering Media Trader. Media Trader is a unique system for buying from customers and selling digital media with music, movies, video games, textbooks and rare books online.  Some of their more unusual items they have recently shipped include a dead bird that was to be tested for West Nile disease, soil samples for environmental testing, and a 7-ft. stuffed Santa Claus.

 

The franchise couple opened the first PCA franchise in 1996 and has gone on to serve as Area Franchisee for the company in both Oregon and Southern Washington.

 

Postal Connections Bend, OR, is located at 2660 NE Hwy 20 Suite 610.  Phone is 541-382-1800.  For store hours and more information, visit www.postalconnections101.com .

 

About Postal Connections of America:

Postal Connections is a nationwide franchise chain of postal, shipping and business services stores, with its newest stores in Orland Park IL, Vero Beach FL, Manhattan NYC, and Modesto CA.  Stores operate to make life easier for people on-the-go and small businesses by offering shipping alternatives, packaging, freight, printing and copies, mail receiving, inkjet, toner and laser cartridges, notary, fax, and a unique variety of online buying and selling services.

 

Postal Connections of America is a network of more than 51 franchise stores nationwide and is a sister-chain with 20 iSold It on eBay stores.  The franchises are headquartered in Frisco, TX and can be found at www.postalconnections.com  and www.877isoldit.com  or call 1-619 294-7550. For franchise opportunities call 1-800 POSTALS (767-8257).   ###   

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Sue and Pete Pierce, owners of the Bend Postal Connections of America, recently won the franchise’s national 2012-2013 Top Sales award.  The couple have won the award a record 10 times.

2012 awards photo Pete

Higley High School Seniors Win 1st in Statewide Business Analysis Contest Postal Connections Honors DECA Award Winners with Scholarships

 (Gilbert, AZ) (June 27, 2013) –Higley High School seniors, Matthew DiBiase and Isaiah Gurule, were recently awarded first place in the Arizona DECA Business Services Operations Research Event.  Their work on analyzing and recommending strategic changes to the Gilbert Postal Connections of America (PCA) store’s existing website was also honored with $500 college scholarships to each student by Gilbert PCA for their upcoming studies at the University of Arizona (U of A).

Working with store owners Kevin and Kathy Dorer, the students prepared and distributed customer surveys, conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of the store’s website and provided recommendations on how the website could be re-structured. Their work resulted in creating a dynamic web design to more closely support the store sales and business goals.  Kathy, who is also a teacher at Higley High School, supervised the student project following DECA’s national format.

“Running a small business is time consuming and there are often more tasks to accomplish then there are hours in a day,” explains Kathy.   “Their winning entry provided us with valuable feedback on how to update our online information and image to help grow our business.”

The 23-page report also included a recommended strategic plan, cost analysis and proposed timeline.

“The project gave me great insights into the business world that will help me as I move forward with college hopefully as an entrepreneur,” said Gurule.  “I am very proud to have won first place in this DECA competition.”  Gurule, who will attend U of A in the fall, plans to study medicine and hopes to operate his own anesthesiologist practice someday.

“Working with the Dorers was valuable and allowed me a glimpse of how to operate in the business world,” said DiBiase. “The scholarship will certainly help with the many college expenses that we will incur.” DiBiase, who will be roommates with Gurule, plans to study business, science and medicine at U of A.

With their winning Arizona entry, the two students attended the recent International Conference held in Anaheim, CA, and were among 1,900 of the most intelligent and outgoing business students from across the U.S. who were in attendance.

The Gilbert PCA store is located at 2473 S. Higley Road, Suite 104, Gilbert, AZ  85295.  The telephone number is (480) 840-3511. The website is: www.mypostalconnections.com  Email: [email protected]

 About Postal Connections of America:

Postal Connections is a growing franchise chain of postal, shipping and business services stores, with its newest stores in Manhattan NYC, Orland Park IL, Vero Beach FL, Modesto CA, soon to open Silverton, OR.  Stores operate to make life easier for people on-the-go and small businesses by offering shipping alternatives, packaging, freight, printing and copies, mail receiving, inkjet, toner and laser cartridges, notary, fax, and a unique variety of online buying and selling services.

Postal Connections of America is a network of 48 franchise stores nationwide and is a sister-chain with 20 iSold It on eBay stores.  The franchises are headquartered in Frisco, TX and can be found at www.postalconnections.com  and www.877isoldit.com  or call 1-800 POSTALS (767-8257).   ###

 PHOTO CAPTION:  (L to R) Smiles all around for the Gilbert PCA scholarship check presentation. Pictured are Higley High School senior Matthew DiBiase, PCA store owners Kevin and Kathy Dorer, DECA Assistant Director Brittany Lucero, and Higley High School senior Isaiah Gurule.