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  • 2016 UPS Last Days To Ship For Christmas Delivery

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    View the UPS 2016 Holiday Guide PDF here

  • 2016 USPS Holiday Deadlines

    2016 USPS Holiday Deadlines

    The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early.

    To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

    Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

    • Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
      Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
    • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
      Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
    • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
      Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
    • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
      Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

    Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.

    Mail-by Dates — International Services

    Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Visit the International Shipping page on usps.com for more information.

    International Mail Addressed To

    Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

    Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

    Priority Mail International (PMI)

    First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

    Africa

    Dec 20

    Dec 08

    Dec 01

    Dec 01

    Asia/Pacific Rim

    Dec 20

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Australia/New Zealand

    Dec 20

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Canada

    Dec 22

    Dec 17

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Caribbean

    Dec 22

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Central & South America

    Dec 21

    Dec 10

    Dec 01

    Dec 01

    Mexico

    Dec 21

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Europe

    Dec 21

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Middle East

    Dec 19

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    ***GXG Notes: 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.

    Mail-by Dates (Military)

    The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines, can be found at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_080.htm.

    Now is the time of year when Black Friday sales soar and we hope everyone can get their items in time for the big Christmas Day!

  • 2016 Holiday Shipping Times for UPS

    Check out the UPS Holiday Delivery PDF for all the up to date information

    Ensure delivery during the holiday season and Christmas
    UPS is offering pickup and delivery service in all areas on Friday, November 25 to help you get an early start on Cyber Week.

    From November 21 through December 30 a limited number of UPS® Ground and UPS®Standard packages with transit times of three or more days, and with specific origins and destinations, will require an additional day in transit. Visit ups.com/ctc for the most up-to-date time in transit details at the time of shipping.

    All UPS 3 Day Select® packages shipped on December 19 and 20 will require an additional day in transit. UPS 3 Day Select packages shipped on December 20 will be delivered after Christmas.

    For detailed information regarding any changes to the UPS Service Guarantee or commitment times during the holidays, please refer to our holiday schedule PDF.

    The most up-to-date transit time details will be available at ups.com/ctc at the time of shipping. Please keep in mind the following days to ship by to ensure delivery before Christmas Day for the following service options:

    • UPS 3 Day Select: Monday, December 19 (delivery on Friday, December 23)
    • UPS 2nd Day Air®: Wednesday, December 21 (delivery on Friday, December 23)
    • UPS Next Day Air®: Thursday, December 22 (delivery on Friday, December 23)

    For more information, please refer to our holiday schedule PDF. Learn more about ways to manage your shipments through the UPS Access Point™ network and by registering for UPS My Choice® service. We value you as a business partner and are committed to providing exceptional service and peace of mind to you and your customers this holiday season and beyond.

  • USPS: Battle of the bulge - Cracking Down on Flat Rate Envelopes

    It's that time of year again. Q4 is upon us and shipping is at an all time high. Many sellers use Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes to save on their shipping expenses.

    The United States Postal Service is cracking down on bulging Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes. Any FRE's that are bulging or have altered the envelope itself are being charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

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    To avoid having your customer receive your item with Postage Due, make sure you are only placing a single piece of tape on the seams of the envelope. Anything extremely taped or bulging will be considered altered and will be charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

    Happy shipping this holiday season!

  • How to print on half page shipping labels on eBay

    So you purchased your pack of 2 per page 8.5 x 5.5 shipping labels and are ready to start purchasing your shipping through eBay. First, congratulations on selling your items! Second, follow along below and we will show you how to purchase a shipping label through eBay.

    1. Go to eBay.com and sign in.

    2. Go to My eBay > Selling > Orders > Awaiting Shipment

    3. Click Print Shipping label to the left of the order you would like to ship.

    Print Shipping Label Print Shipping Label

    4. Next, at the top right portion of the screen click Printer and label receipt preferences.

    Printer and label receipt preferences Printer and label receipt preferences

    5. This is the important part, make sure Any laser of inkjet printer is selected. Also, uncheck the box if you do not want the receipt to print out and waste the label on the other side. Otherwise, if you do want a receipt make sure it is checked.

    eBay Shipping Preferences eBay Shipping Preferences

    6. Click save and you are all set! Choose your carrier and enter in your package weight and dimensions and click Purchase Postage and you will be able to purchase your shipping label and print it right at home with our 8.5x5.5 half page labels.

  • USPS Postage Rates - Effect January 17 2016

    View the new USPS Postage Rates effective January 17th 2016 -

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  • How to Pack, Label and Ship Items

     

    Watch the video above on how to best pack, ship and label your packages. Notice they use the H-Tape method to ensure every opening of the package is sealed.

     

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  • Bubble Mailers How to Pack and Ship Used Books

    It can take a lot of steps to actually sell used books, you have to find them, evaluate them, buy them, store them, organize them, list them and sell them. However, after all that there is one last step, and as far as your customer is concerned, it’s probably the most important of all: sending your books to their new owners. Shipping brings with it a new set of questions: what carrier to use, what speed, what cost, can you get tracking, insurance, etc., etc. etc. All of those are important, and I may go into them another time, but today I want to talk about how to pack your books, what it is that you actually ship them in. Just as with most other aspects of how you sell used books, you have a number of choices when it comes to packing your books. You can go quick and dirty (and cheap!) all the way up to having dedicated machinery for just that purpose. There are a few different factors to consider when selecting the method that’s right for you, including its cost, the image it projects and how well it will actually protect the books. Brown Paper Bags It was good enough to cover your 5th grade history textbook, so shouldn’t it be good enough to cover the books you send across the country? Well, maybe not. While brown paper bags do have the advantages of being cheap and/or free and readily available, you should think about the fact that it may not create the greatest image of you in the mind of your customer. Even if a paper-wrapped book gets to the customer in pristine condition (which it might not) the cheap wrapping could have a conscious or unconscious effect on how the customer views you, which in turn affects how they rate you. If you are running your own site, it also can affect whether they will give you repeat business or recommend you to others. Manila Envelopes They cost less than properly padded shipping envelopes, and they look better than cut up grocery bags, but they still have their drawbacks. For one thing, they aren’t going to do a super job of protecting the book. Also, just because they are higher on the totem pole than brown paper doesn’t mean they’re going to do a great job of meeting your customers’ expectations. Kraft® Bubble Mailers Kraft® mailers are made for the job, and if you’re only sending a book or two, they’re one of your best bets. They have a moderate cost, but they will protect the books, and will meet customer expectations. The one major drawback is that, as I’ve discussed before, because they are made of both paper and plastic they cannot be recycled. Paper recyclers consider them contaminated with plastic and vice versa. That’s why there’s . . . Poly Bubble Mailers Poly bubble mailers are made of 100% recyclable plastics. You can get all the benefits of Kraft® mailers, often at a lower cost, and at the same time know you are helping the environment. Cardboard Boxes Boxes have a higher cost, but when you have many books (a set for instance), or books that are particularly large or heavy, sometimes a bubble mailer just won’t do. Again, using a cardboard box will protect your books, while at the same time meeting customer expectations, and appearing perfectly professional. There are other options out there too, but these are just some of the most common ways that people pack and ship the books they sell online. What about you? How do you ship your books?

  • Become An Online Selling Sensation

    There are some people who are literally able to make their entire living online. This may seem like an incredible claim to make, but it also happens to be 100% true. Those who are dedicated to selling items online can turn over quite a remarkable living for themselves so long as they are able to stick to the basics.

    Anyone hoping to join in on the money making fest online needs to get a few things before they get started. Primarily they are going to need mailing supplies in order to be able to ship out the items that they sell. This means that looking for wholesale shipping supplies might as well be the part time job of anyone interested in being an online seller. They will be doing this often, and they need to try to find a wholesale shipping supplies distributor as soon as possible.

    Things such as bubble wrap envelopes are best purchased in bulk. The cost of individual bubble wrap envelopes could easily eat into the profitability of the sales. When purchased in bulk, the cost of the envelopes drops dramatically and boosts the ever important profit margin. Anyone who thinks they can get by ignoring this step needs to think again. There are many traps for them to fall in throughout this business, but the bubble wrap ones is one of the most important.

    Making money online in this way is not for everyone, but it is a shame when those who would be so good at it do not try because they do not put forth the effort. It is worth at least looking into if not dropping everything to get involved with it.

  • Wholesale Shipping Supply Company

    Businesses that ship products or promotional items to customers know how important it is get good quality shipping materials at low prices. Using a wholesale shipping supply company for your shipping needs is a great way for businesses that do a lot of mailing to get the most for their money.

    Wholesale shipping supply companies provide many products and services tailored to the specific needs of a business. Whether a business needs small mailers or large shipping boxes, wholesale supplies are affordable when buying in bulk.

    When a company wants to provide not only a great products to its customers, but also reduce the carbon footprint they create, there are many shipping supply companies that provide eco-friendly options. Some of these options include biodegradable poly mailers that are guaranteed to biodegrade within sixty months. This not only offers a green option to your business, but it may also appeal to customers who want to do business with you, but also want to work with a company looking out for the environment.

    If you are looking for environmentally friendly biodegradable poly mailers or a whole host of other shipping supply products, consider buying through a wholesale supply to save your company time and money.

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