Top tips for shipping your holiday packages
(NC) Even with the promise of fun in sight, a lot of work goes into ensuring a happy and merry season – with buying and delivering gifts often cited as a major cause of holiday stress.
“The reality of holiday shopping is that sometimes we rush the purchase, packing, wrapping, and shipping of gifts,” says Jim Bena, vice-president of marketing at UPS Canada. “This can ultimately lead to delayed deliveries or other unforeseen shipping challenges.”
For example, during the last holiday season, UPS exceeded its normal daily shipping volume by 80 per cent on the peak day. That's approximately 28 million packages in one day. It's a lot of rush that could be avoided, says Bena, with just five worry-free shipping tips:
Plan ahead – If you're shipping out of province or internationally, make sure to check key dates and times of when the package should arrive. Check online for key dates and times.
Use a new cardboard box – Think twice before reusing an old box that is weak or torn. If possible, look for a new or unused box. Also try various shapes and sizes to find the right one for your gift to ensure that it is packaged securely.
Weight matters – Double check the size restrictions and weight allowance per box on the UPS website, or at the store.
Label, label, label – Mark and tag your box correctly to make sure it arrives at its proper location and doesn't get held up at the border. If your shipment is breakable, ask for a red and white fragile sticker.
Ask for help – If you're short on time, a store expert can package your presents and ship them out, all in the same day.
Additional tips and information can be found online at www.theupsstore.com.
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