Home Depot had it first, but now MakerBot is coming to an even wider mass-market arena as the 3D printer rolls out at more than 300 Sam's Club locations in the United States. “I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.” According to Alfano, bringing MakerBot printers into the mainstream offers a user-friendly way for the average consumer to leverage 3D printing technology and avail himself of the related software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes and parts and support offered through the company's MakerCare program.
Two million sign up for Postal Service’s Informed Delivery; 10,000 more people on board every day
A new feature that lets customers see emailed images of their incoming physical mail has attracted more than 2 million users, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan announced today, during the opening session of the National Postal Forum, the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. Brennan added that with the offering available in nearly every ZIP Code in the United States, more than 10,000 new people are signing up every day.
“As promised at last year’s Forum, Informed Delivery is now available in virtually every community in America,” said Brennan. “Informed Delivery makes mail even more dynamic, adding a whole new layer to the evolution of the mail experience.”
Informed Delivery is a free feature that provides emailed images of incoming mail to registered residential customers. Brennan said that Informed Delivery brings mail into the daily digital and mobile lives of consumers, builds anticipation of the physical mail piece, and provides mail senders with a new mobile platform from which to attach digital messages. It rolled out nationwide in April, but had been available in different pilot areas prior to then.
Delivering the Forum keynote address, Brennan also discussed Postal Service strategies and innovations designed to enhance customer experience and add value to mail, and better position the mailing and shipping industry to compete for customers in an increasingly dynamic economy.
“Together, as an industry, we are investing in new capabilities to strengthen the value of mail in the digital world,” Brennan said. “Most importantly, we’re collaborating to deliver better experiences for our customers.”
Addressing a crowd of more than 3,000, Brennan outlined key Postal Service investments and initiatives that are benefitting the mailing and shipping industry — emphasizing the important role that data and digital integration are playing. “The growth of the mailing and shipping industry relies on our unrivaled network and rich data platform,” she said. “We are at the convergence of physical and digital, there has never been a bigger opportunity for mail.”
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