Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Very, Very Interesting Story -- Win, Win, Win For Everyone

Entrepreneurial start-up: Mailbox Solutions Plus.  For $4,000 a major problem solved.

The Dickinson Press is reporting:
After noticing that many of his co-workers also had mail delivered to the office, and talking to a mail carrier about how the U.S. Postal Service was struggling to keep up with the area’s rapid growth, VanAssche decided to turn that challenge into a business opportunity.
He left his job and started MailBox Solutions Plus with less than $4,000, renting his first location from a local radio station.
“Out of a 10-by-10 room, I started renting mailboxes,” VanAssche said.
The U.S. Postal Service, which at times has had waiting lists for P.O. box rentals in Williston and other area towns, requires people to prove they have a local address to qualify for a P.O. box.
But for job seekers who move to the Bakken and live in cars, campers or other temporary housing, they can’t qualify and they don’t have a local address to list on job applications.
At MailBox Solutions, customers can get a Williston address even if they stay in their car.
The business has grown in Williston to a permanent location with about 600 mailboxes, and a second store is opening in Watford City in February.
The mailboxes cost $20 a month to rent, with cheaper rates available for long-term rentals.
I can't wait to see when he inaugurates drone-delivery service to rigs, ranches, and rodeos. 


  1. Geat idea. I have been saying that within the next five years the Postal Service will be private. UPS and FEDEX would make the postal service profitable in two years if either were to take over. It is it or not.

    1. I've heard rumors Jeff Bezos (Amazon) may bid on USPS.