Mail, Copy & More at Cornell University in Ithaca,
After opening his first ShipRite
Mail & Parcel Center in Cicero, NY, J. Mark Ford knew
there had to be a better way to electonically handle sales.
So Ford came up with the idea
to develope his own point-of-sale software. The end result
was too good to keep to himself, so ShipRite
Software was released for sales to other shipping
Now, several years later the
company has grown into it's own corporation, with several
successful businesses behind its name. Ford, as the current
President / CEO, ShipRite Services
has kept his mission statement the same as from the beginning:
"To strive to provide powerful software systems to our
customers at a reasonable price. Fast, Powerful and
low cost is our goal."
& Parcel Centers
started in 1990 as a single location Mail & Parcel Center
in Cicero, NY. In 1996, the company founder, J. Mark
Ford, opened a second location in Ithaca, NY at Cornell
A new location is scheduled
to open in October of 2007, in Utica, NY.
Mail & Copy Centers are a full service shipping
store offering customers of shipping choices that include
USPS, Fed-X, DHL, UPS and freight.
The stores also offer other
services such as copy centers, Speedy Signs &
Graphics, faxing, key copy, storage, mailbox rentals
and many other customer conviences.
Once a year, ShipRite
also takes its shipping services on the road, setting up at
the Bouckville Antique Show. ShipRite
was welcomed with open arms by the antique vendors because
ShipRite will package and ship anything,
any size, anywhere. Antique shoppers can come to the show
and purchace anything without the problem of wondering how
to get it home.
began development of a Windows based POS/Shipping software
package to help manage each of its two ShipRite
Mail and Parcel Centers.
After 2 years of development
and use in both stores, ShipRite began
marketing it's software to other mail and parcel Centers.
In 1997, ShipRite began selling its
software at the AMPC National Convention
in Memphis, TN. At that time, and for the following
4 years, ShipRite's Global Connect, proudly
held the title of the ONLY Windows software with shipping
and POS for mail & parcel Centers. ShipRite's
customers included independents as well as other franchises
such as the Mail Boxes, Etc and Airborne (now DHL.)
University Storage & Shipping
In 1996, ShipRite
branched itself out in a common sense business move: Offering
students at Cornell University and Syracuse University an
option to packing up all their belongings and lugging it home
for summer break. ShipRite will go to
their dorm, pack their belongings and take it away to storage
for the summer, and then bring it all back in the fall. The
business was so successful, other copycat businesses tried
to do the same, but none were as reliable and as professional.
ShipRite still holds the title of the king of