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How to Prepare for Peak Shipping Season Most online retailers have to go through peak shipping season (or seasons!) every year, and if they don’t want to deal with unhappy customers, they should start preparing for peak shipping season beforehand to not be overwhelmed with the influx of orders when the time comes. Let us offer you a few tips that might come in handy when you’re preparing your business for peak season.

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A Few Tips for Shipping Toys, Games and PuzzlesShipping toys, games and puzzles, whether as gifts or purchases, is easier than, say, shipping musical instruments or perishable items. However, there are still things to consider if you want your package to arrive in good condition. Let us offer you a few tips for shipping toys, games and puzzles.

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A Few Tips for Shipping Musical Instruments Shipping musical instruments can be quite a challenge because they are both fragile and expensive; in addition, many musical instruments are both oddly shaped and bulky, which hikes up the shipping cost. Let’s figure out together how to find the safest and most cost-effective way to ship musical instruments.

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USPS Media Mail Many people think that First-Class Mail is the cheapest shipping service provided by the USPS, but it is not quite true. Media Mail is generally cheaper, but there is a catch: just like its name suggests, Media Mail can by used only to ship certain types of media. Let’s figure out what items are eligible for Media Mail and how to mail them correctly.

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What Is the Difference Between a Postage Stamp and a Shipping Label The United States Postal Service (USPS) issues two main types of labels to customers who pay postage: postage stamps and shipping labels. They are used for different types of shipments and have several other major differences that you need to be aware of if you are going to send something via the USPS and want your shipment to arrive without a hitch. So how exactly is a postage stamp different from a USPS shipping label?

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What Time Do the USPS and U.S. UPS Deliver Sometimes when you’re waiting for a package to arrive, knowing the expected delivery date is not enough; you also want to know the expected delivery time if your shipment is time-sensitive or if you need to be there to sign for it. What time do the United States Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. UPS deliver packages?

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USPS and U.S. UPS Holiday Operating SchedulesPostal and courier companies normally close their offices and do not deliver on major holidays, but each of the companies has its own holiday schedule. Let’s take a closer look at the United States Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. UPS holiday operating schedules in 2024 so that you can plan your time-sensitive deliveries accordingly.

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7 Common Causes of Shipping Delays Although shipping carriers do their best to deliver mail and packages as quickly and efficiently as possible, shipping delays are bound to happen every now and then. There are many reasons for shipping delays; some of them are preventable, while others are caused by circumstances beyond our control. Here’s a list of the most common causes of shipping delays.

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How Much Time Does International Shipping Take?Whether you’re an online retailer or a regular customer, you probably want to know how long international shipping takes when you send a parcel overseas. International shipping speed is affected by many factors, some of which are beyond our control, but it is generally possible to predict when your package is going to arrive.

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6 Factors That Affect International Shipping TimeWhen you ship something internationally, you obviously want to know how long it is going to take for the package to arrive, especially if your shipment is time-sensitive. The time in transit of an international mailpiece depends on many factors ranging from the chosen shipping method to various unforeseen circumstances. Here are 6 main factors that affect international shipping time.

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How to Email Prepaid Return Shipping Labels to Your CustomersReturns are an inevitability in almost any kind of retail business, but especially in online retail: the average e-commerce return rates are between 15% and 40%, compared to approximately 9% in brick-and-mortar stores. The way an online store handles returns affects customer retention, therefore it is crucial to make the return process as easy as possible for customers. For example, some merchants include prepaid return shipping labels in all packages or email them to customers upon request. How to send a return shipping label by email?

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Pros and Cons of Prepaid Return LabelsReturns are much more common in online retail than in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, and most customers are more likely to buy again from a store with a good return policy even if they end up returning the first purchase. Providing your customers with free return labels may be beneficial for your store, but it has its drawbacks as well.

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What to Do if You Missed a UPS Delivery A missed delivery is an unpleasant situation, but it is not the end of the world. Missed deliveries happen all the time because people can’t just stay home all day waiting to collect their packages, but eventually most packages do get delivered. What should you do if you missed a UPS delivery?

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USPS RedeliverySometimes the USPS cannot deliver a package for a variety of reasons, for example, because the mailbox is full, the package is too large to fit into it, or a signature is required but no one is home. In such a case, the mail carrier would normally leave a special notice so that the customer can request their item to be redelivered. What is the USPS Redelivery service and how to use it?

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How to Reroute a USPS or UPS Package There are many reasons why you may need to redirect a package: you happen to be out of town when your package is supposed to arrive, the sender has written your address incorrectly, you’ve moved but the package is addressed to your old address, etc. Luckily, the USPS and UPS allow their customers to reroute packages before they are delivered. Let’s figure out what you need to do to have a USPS or UPS package redirected.

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How Can You Ship a Package to a UPS Access Point?UPS Access Points are a convenient option for easy package pick-ups and drop-offs. Shipping a package from this type of UPS location is easy: you just need to pack it securely, print a shipping label and affix it to your package, and leave it in a secure locker at the nearest UPS Access Point. But what do you do in a situation where the recipient wants to use a UPS Access Point as their delivery address? Can you ship packages directly to a UPS Access Point?

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How to Ship a Package From a UPS Access Point When you need to ship a package via UPS, you can do it from a variety of locations: a UPS Store, UPS Drop Box, UPS Access Point, or a UPS Customer Center. UPS Access Points, in particular, are a great option for easy package drop-offs. How do you ship a package from a UPS Access Point?

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How to Ship a Package From a gopost UnitThe United States Postal Service (USPS) created gopost units so that customers could have 24/7 access to a convenient way of shipping and receiving packages. They are pretty easy to use but those who have never received or shipped packages via gopost before might have some questions that we will try to answer today. Let’s figure out together how to ship a package from a gopost unit.

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How to Address a Package to a gopost Unit gopost units are a convenient way to ship and receive USPS packages because they are automated, secure, and available 24/7 in convenient locations. A person with a gopost account can use a gopost unit as their shipping address for all packages or for some of them. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to print a shipping label addressed to a gopost unit, you need to make sure that you’re using the right address format.

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What Is the Difference Between USPS Self-Service Kiosks and gopost Lockers The United States Postal Service has a variety of locations in addition to its regular Post Offices: contract postal units, national retailers, mail collection boxes, gopost units, and self-service kiosks. The latter two are sometimes confused with one another, but they have different purposes and offer different services. What exactly is the difference between USPS self-service kiosks and gopost lockers?

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