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
Keep in mind that trying
to ship alcohol in Arizona is a big
Before sealing the box,
place an extra address label inside just
in case the outside label gets damaged
or falls off. (Santa appreciates good
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
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.