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Pack & Ship the Right Way


Dec. 16, 2006

When it comes to shipping holiday gifts, there are "naughty" and "nice" ways to do it.  As to the “naughty” ones—those that don’t conform to shipping regulations—the folks at Pack & Ship Plus have seen their share.

"Although our customers have the best intentions, we have to perform a number of 'interventions' every year," says Lesley Baran, owner of the Kyrene Corridor-based store.

Baran recommends these tips for ensuring your package is delivered in “nice” condition:

Use a new box specifically designed for shipping, not moving.  Dumpster-diving for boxes will get you on the naughty list. 

Follow through by using the right packing materials such as bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts.  Old clothes, crumpled newspaper and real popcorn aren't only naughty, they're nasty. 

Keep in mind that trying to ship alcohol in Arizona is a big no-no.

Before sealing the box, place an extra address label inside just in case the outside label gets damaged or falls off.  (Santa appreciates good penmanship.)

Add a finishing touch with clear, professional-grade sealing tape and a fresh label, clearly printed.  Duct tape, electrical tape, string and brown paper will land you at the top of the naughty list. 

Baran also encourages customers to ship as early as possible to take advantage of the broadest array of shipping choices. 

"We specialize in helping people get their packages delivered in a safe and timely manner throughout the year, not only during the holidays," she says. 

Private mailbox services are ideal for people who order gifts online or from catalogs and aren't home to receive them. And, unlike the post office, Pack & Ship Plus accepts packages from any carrier. 

Pack & Ship Plus is part of a network of more than 3,000 retail locations throughout the U.S.

Information: (480) 753-7006.


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