Top Ten Shipping Tips for Holiday Shoppers

    OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - For those of us worrying that we might miss
the deadline to get packages sent in time for the holidays, take heart. The
UPS Store accepts parcels up until Friday, December 21 for shipping to most
places across the country by December 24. For international shipping the
deadline is December 17.
    Says Steve Moorman, Senior Vice President, The UPS Store Canada, "Based
on past years, we anticipate The UPS Store will ship more than two million
pounds of holiday packages this season - with the majority being sent the
third week in December. So procrastinators should know they're in good company
and we're anticipating the rush for shipping, and for packing."

    Moorman also has the top ten packaging tips to ensure gifts arrive on time
and intact:

    1.  Always use a new, corrugated box for shipping because used ones
        weaken and may break apart during shipping.
    2.  Don't wrap boxes with string, gift or kraft paper if sending an item
        by courier. Couriers do NOT accept packages wrapped this way because
        the package could get damaged.
    3.  Don't use newspaper to protect items in a box; newspaper doesn't have
        "memory", which means it doesn't bounce back upon impact to protect
        the goods. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts are the best packing
    4.  Secure all seams of your box with two inches of packing tape. Avoid
        using masking or cellophane tape, which isn't strong enough.
    5.  Remove any batteries. Batteries must be packed separately. They
        generate a lot of heat inside an item and if jostled a lot, they can
        cause a fire.
    6.  Fragile items should be sent via air service to minimize time in
        transit and reduce the possibility of damage.
    7.  Electronic equipment should be double boxed. Ship in its original
        packaging but add cushioning materials, such as Styrofoam peanuts,
        and then place inside another larger box. The original packaging
        isn't enough protection because these boxes are meant to be on
        shelves, not sent through conveyor systems.
    8.  Make sure all foods are sealed in an interior airtight container or
        plastic bag before putting them into a gift box and shipping box. If
        air pockets are in these containers, items will vibrate, break and/or
    9.  Always ensure someone is available to accept your parcel. Many
        holiday goodwill gestures have been thwarted by vacation schedules
        and closed offices.
    10. Know customs requirements. Make sure you've filled out all the
        necessary paperwork and also know the rules as to what can and cannot
        be shipped.

    The UPS Store(R), and Mail Boxes Etc. centres, are owned and operated by
licensed franchisees and MBEC Communications, an Oakville-Ontario based
company. The UPS Store(R) and Mail Boxes Etc. chains together comprise the
world's largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal and business
service centres, with more than 5,800 locations around the world and more than
320 in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Carter, CJC Communications, (905)

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