Denver-based company offers Guamanians an affordable connection to mainland
Denver, CO June 25, 2009 — Melissa Schaible, of Hagatna, Guam, knows a thing or two about the challenges of living on an island over 5800 miles from where she grew up in California. Schaible, a lab manager by day and avid bargain hunter by night, depends heavily upon the internet for items she can’t find at local stores. “I do my research and try to get the best prices on or off island, which includes shipping costs,” said Schaible. “Some internet businesses have the best prices but the shipping ends up costing more than the actual item!” laments Schaible, who moved to Guam with her husband and son in 1994. “I used to love to shop on eBay but when I asked about shipping to Guam, I got tired of hearing responses like ‘We don’t ship internationally’ or ‘Only to the continental 48 states’ or the best one yet, ‘We only take US dollars'” chuckles Schaible.
That’s why when Schaible learned about the package forwarding services of Aloha Forwarding (http://www.AlohaForwarding.com), she was ecstatic. “The day I found Aloha Forwarding’s website, I told 5 other people, including the procurement officer from work. We were all very excited!”
Was it a hard decision to start using Aloha Forwarding? “It was a no-brainer with no sign-up fee, no monthly rental fee, no annual membership fee and only a minimal handling charge with each shipment,” responded Schaible. “I now shop on eBay with no hesitation and without the irritation of sellers who don’t have a clue about USPS flat rate boxes and that there is no additional charge to send to Guam.”
Schaible, who has already used Aloha Forwarding for 2 packages, is happy with the experience so far. “When my first package arrived at Aloha Forwarding, I received an email notification from them letting me know the date my package was shipped, the weight of the package, postal charge, service charge, and the discount I used from the coupon in their newsletter. The next e-mail I received was a USPS notification of the tracking number for my package. I gladly recommend Aloha Forwarding to anyone who lives in any of the US territories.”
Aloha Forwarding is the brainchild of Darrell Houghton, a former resident of the Big Island of Hawaii, who knows all too well the challenges of living on an island where shipping costs add significantly to the cost of living. “Finding a mainland merchant that would ship Priority Mail was always a challenge,” said Houghton, who started Aloha Forwarding in September 2008.
“Our focus has been on serving people living in Hawaii and Alaska, but then we started getting sign-ups from people in Guam. There’s definitely a need there, so we thought we would make it official and announce the availability of our services to the residents of Guam,” says Houghton. “We’re a resource to help people like Melissa save money. You can join for free and use our services only when you need to. People should check us out!”
To help introduce the benefits of using Aloha Forwarding, new members can use coupon code “Guam01” to receive $1.00 off the handling fee of their first order. Coupon expires August 31, 2009.
Aloha Forwarding LLC