“Made in the USA” Making a Strong Comeback

The “Made in the USA” label is less common these days but it still packs significant selling power in America.

Blue lockers at Berkshire TerminusYes, America has increased its overseas outsourcing of work – namely manufacturing and IT jobs – over the years. Since the late 1990’s, those manufacturing jobs have steadily declined.

While outsourcing jobs can help American companies stay globally competitive and create cost-reducing benefits for U.S. consumers, extensive reasons still exist to purchase American-made goods and services. These reasons go beyond the well-apparent benefits of job security and economy stimulation.

Package Delivery that’s Made In USA

Package Concierge® takes great pride in helping address the demand for U.S.-made goods by offering only American-manufactured locker systems.

Wilson, the maker of every football used in NFL games along with Harley Davidson, Gibson, Duraflame, Zippo and KitchenAid are big-name companies with iconic products that continue to stay true to homeland production.

General Electric and Wal-MartRed Premier Lockers made recent efforts to address the increasing demand for American-made. GE has started to produce some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, announced plans in April to purchase an additional $50 billion of American products over the next decade.

Despite so many cheaper foreign-made goods being utilized in the U.S., there are still many goods and services produced locally. Investing in a “Made in the USA” label encompasses wide-ranging benefits for U.S. companies and consumers, who prefer U.S.-made goods for reasons like patriotism, quality and economic benefits.

However, it can be a slippery slope as many companies and consumers aren’t as conscious of the concept as they believe. According to a 2015 survey by Consumer Reports, 80 percent of Americans say they prefer to purchase American-made goods. However, American spending habits show otherwise.

Here are a few reasons why we believe the “Made in USA” label is important:

  • Faster repair for broken parts

If an American-made product requires repair, it is much easier to get fixed. It will take less time to find the needed part as many parts are produced locally and those parts that are made outside the country are often stored nearby.

  • More environmentally friendly

Locally made products and services benefit the environment in a few different ways. Products made overseas, such as in popular U.S. manufacturing and IT hubs China or India, must be shipped across the ocean to America. This overseas transportation leaves a much bigger carbon footprint than shipping within the U.S.

Additionally, many countries don’t have the air and environment protection regulations that America does. Foreign-made products exported to the U.S. pollute the environment more, and many of these countries contain lax health statutes.

  • Health reasons

Weaker health regulations in foreign production facilities can eventually harm U.S. consumers. There have been instances of unsafe goods being recalled for containing dangerous chemicals. Many of these are toys for children. Our government, naturally, cannot control foreign labor standards.

  • Job security and economic benefits

When U.S. consumers invest in American-made products, they also invest in the workers who produce them. The money spent on American-made goods and services goes back to those U.S. companies and local workers, thus stimulating the American economy even more. Keeping money in the U.S. economy helps preserve jobs for future generations, boosts American investment opportunities and helps reduce the trade deficit.

Aside from the outlined reasons, there are numerous other benefits to utilizing American-made goods and services that extend into our industry.

Many property managers insist they’d like to exclusively partner with U.S. companies and stay true to American-made products. But like your neighbor who claims the same and purchases a Toyota, not many vehemently stick to the cause.

That leaves room for apartment operators to create a competitive differentiator by proudly touting their loyalty to American-made products. While it might not make a difference to everyone, it will to some.

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Package Concierge Launches Express® & Package Room

Our solutions provide greater accessibility of innovative package management to the entire industry.

Atlanta, GA., June 22nd, 2017 – Today we are proud to announce the availability of two new products designed to further expand package management capabilities industry-wide: Package Concierge Express® and Package Concierge Package Room®.

The new Express® lockers are a more cost-effective option for apartment owner/operators seeking a comprehensive answer to their package management issues. The streamlined, all-steel construction, double-column locker modules are made in the USA by Package Concierge’s manufacturing partner, Florence Corporation, and a fellow subsidiary of Gibraltar Industries (Nasdaq: ROCK), and offer secure, 24/7 self-service, automated package lockers.

The Package Concierge Express in action. A recent study conducted by the National Multifamily Housing Council indicated that package management is now a must-have amenity in the multifamily industry, with 72 percent of residents wanting a package delivery/holding area readily accessible.

“New construction and luxury communities have embraced package lockers,” said Georgianna W. Oliver, chief executive officer of Package Concierge. “However, the upfront investment and locker size have hindered installations at smaller and older properties, as well as at Class B and C assets. The Express product line addresses the need for those communities that might not have the financial means for a significant investment – nor the space for a large installation – but are still dealing with the pains of high-volume packages. Now all properties have the same opportunity to streamline operations and provide their residents with a convenience-focused amenity.”

The new Express lockers are:

  • Built of the same high quality, all-steel construction
  • Made in the USA
  • The kiosk which includes 12 lockers can be used as a standalone system
  • Easier to install with its shorter stack and double column design
  • ADA compliant for height and reach
  • ETL Certified for Fire and Safety

Further expanding the accessibility of innovated and proven The Package Concierge Express is the same quality as our Premier System.package management solutions, Package Concierge also now offers a Package Room Access Control System®. The Package Room® combines the best of both worlds utilizing the Express Locker kiosk, which includes 12 lockers, as well as a small room on a property to serve as an overflow solution. This combination can completely eliminate the management burden of handling packages, as it provides a designated space for larger packages that don’t fit into the lockers. Additionally, it offers the ability to use the room specifically for carrier pick-up of resident shipping and returns.

“As package delivery continues to escalate, it’s more important than ever to provide a timely, convenient service for residents,” said Oliver. “With the installation of the Package Concierge Express® system, owner/operators are ensuring residents have immediate access to their package deliveries on the day they arrive. As an added benefit, the leasing teams will have the time they need to focus on customer service instead of package management.”

Want to learn more? Click here to inquire for more details on how our two new systems can alleviate the stress of package management.

 

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