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Convenient alternatives offered for holiday mailing

Amanda Tust Of the Record staff

Mailing a holiday package does not require a long wait at the post office anymore. UPS stores will do all the packaging for holiday items and anyone with a computer and a credit card can have packages picked up at their home of office by the U.S. Postal Service for free.

Brenda Ryans, customer relations coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service Salt Lake District, said packaging materials can be ordered from http://www.usps.com and print postage and mailing labels may be printed from this Website. Ryans said although the carrier pick-up has been available nationwide for years, it consistently grows in popularity, especially around the holiday season.

"You never need to go to the post office if you don’t want to," Ryans said. Once customers place mailing order requests online, she said their packages will picked up during normal delivery times on the next business day.

"They don’t have to leave the comfort of their home office, and its convenient," Ryans said, adding that the new technology also accommodates those who can’t get to the post office during normal workday hours.

"There are some customers that are just not 9 to 5 people, and they can just go online," she said.

Todd Giauque, owner of two UPS stores in Park City, said customers can bring in their holiday gifts, and the UPS store will handle all of the packaging work.

"[The customers] love it. They basically just come straight from the stores," he said. "We have had people come in with shopping carts full of presents." UPS will not package and mail tobacco or alcohol, which Giaque said often surprises customers. The weight restriction is 150 pounds and the size limit is 165 inches of total girth or length-by-width-by-height. Giauque said holiday mailings are off to a slower start from last year, which he attributes to this season’s later snowfalls. He said business began increasing prior to Thanksgiving last year. This year’s business picked up post Thanksgiving and Giauque said there are 50 percent more customers now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. According to UPS, the busiest mailing days are Mondays, since people do most of their shopping on the weekends. The projected busiest day for UPS Christmas mailings is Monday, Dec. 19. The UPS Stores are located at 1776 Park Avenue and 6300 Sage Wood Drive in Kimball Junction and are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Staples at 6543 N. Landmark Drive also offers UPS shipping. For more information call 649-1819 or visit http://www.upsstore.com. Domestic mail deadlines To ensure delivery by Dec. 23, the recommended last day to ship UPS Ground is Dec. 13. Three-day select must be mailed by Dec. 20, second-day air by Dec. 21 and next-day air by Dec. 22. The United States Postal Service deadline for parcel post is Dec. 14, Dec. 19 for first class and Dec. 21 for priority mail. International mail deadlines

The parcel post and boat deadlines for international military mail have already passed, but there is still time for airmail letter post and priority mail if it’s sent by Dec. 10 and express mail by Dec. 19.

Regular global express mail must be sent by Dec. 10 to Africa, Central and South America, Dec. 16 to Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the Caribbean and Dec. 17 to Canada,

Global priority must be sent by Dec. 7 to Africa and Dec. 14 to Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East by Dec. 14. The deadline for Central and South America was Dec. 5.

Global airmail letters and cards must be sent to Asia, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East by Dec. 12. The deadline for Africa, and Central and South America was Dec. 5.

The United States Postal Service said global parcel post usually takes four to 10 days, priority mail airmail letters take four to seven days and global express takes three to five days. The only international mail that the United States Postal Service guarantees, due to the heavy holiday mail traffic, is global express guaranteed mail. Global express guaranteed mail must be sent by Dec. 19. International gifts sent by UPS must be mailed by Dec. 18 to arrive in time for the holiday. For more information visit http://www.usps.com or http://www.upsstore.com.


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