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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

Saving time and money just got easier with the New UPS Hundredweight Service Rating Tool
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Are you shipping multiple packages to the same address on the same day?  Are you tired of being charged for lift-gate and inside delivery? Are you looking for a non-palletized guaranteed solution with minimized fuel and additional surcharges?  What about greater shipment integrity?  Does saving 20% on your bottom line peak your interest?

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UPS My Choice Facebook App Creating More Choices for Consumers
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At UPS we’re doing more than just delivering packages – we’re providing solutions to our customers. As more consumers shop online for the convenience, UPS My Choice® is the answer to flexible home delivery.

From the recent UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper retail study, we learned more online shoppers are using social media to shop for deals. Not surprisingly 84% of online shoppers use at least one social media site with Facebook being the most popular. There are more than a billion Facebook users out there so we’ve made it even easier to sign up for the service that gives consumers the ability to decide when and where their packages will arrive.

With the new UPS My Choice Facebook app,  consumers can sign up for the service and track a package directly from their Facebook page. Current members can also log into their UPS My Choice account using their Facebook log-in so they don’t have to remember multiple user names and passwords.

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Are You a Control Freak? Get a Personal Assistant with UPS My Choice
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Two years ago, I was one of those people that only ordered online occasionally and when I did, it was only for those hard-to-find items. Now there is very little I won’t order online. The convenience of not having to deal with long lines, being able to shop whenever I want to, and being able to find the best deals has made online shopping my preferred method.

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5 Hot Small Business Tax Deductions to Consider Before you File
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As all small business owners know, this is a critical time of year to try and dig up all the expenses we can from last year in order to drive down our tax bill as low as possible.

As you are sitting around your kitchen table organizing receipts and combing over bank and credit card statements, don’t be timid or shy when considering your expenses.  I truly believe that far too many business owners, CPAs and Tax Preparers are overly conservative and miss out on important expenses that we are entitled to.

Here are 5 tax deductions that should be maximized to the greatest extent possible and will have a major impact on your tax return:

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Small Business Twitter Chat Series
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In the spirit of NCAA® March Madness®, The UPS Store  is hosting a series of one-hour small business Twitter chats to help small business owners “Get in the Game,” “Stay in the Game,” and “Win the Game.” Chat one-on-one with well-known small business experts about overcoming the challenges you face as a business owner.

All Twitter chat participants will be automatically entered to win one of The UPS Store’s new Small Business Tool Kits. Sound good? To be eligible, follow @TheUPSStore and include the hashtag #SBOadvice in your tweets during any of the one-hour chats. Check out our lineup:

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This Month’s Compass Articles: What’s new from UPS in 2013, Growing Your Online Business, Trends for Industrial Manufacturers and Distributors
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The holidays are over and as always, we’ve got lots to share with you this month to start off the New Year with a bang. Here are just a few of the articles in the new issue of Compass:

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Tame Your To-Do List: Get Help from Our Logistics Check-up
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My to-do list is massive.

See, I keep a list to the left of my computer and update it throughout the day. Forensic evidence shows that I add more items than I cross out. Boo.

Some days it seems all I’m doing is putting out fires—taking care of mini-projects that pop-up and scream for attention. And while those things are important, they can really distract from the greater focus of my job.

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Manage Your Home Deliveries with UPS My Choice: 4 Delivery Alerts and 2 New Features
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If you’re like most people, you probably did some online shopping this holiday season – on your laptop, tablet, or smart phone, in the comfort of your own home with a big mug of coffee or hot cocoa.

I have to admit, between my busy schedule and ordering everyone’s holiday gifts, I lost track of what packages were coming and where I bought them. But with the text messages from UPS My Choice, I knew when my packages were coming, who they were from, and when they were delivered.

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Two Things to Focus on When You’re Considering Going International
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Over the years I’ve had many companies come to me when they start getting international orders because they aren’t sure how to fulfill them. Sometimes the task is too daunting, so they turn away international orders altogether. Rather than allowing them to walk away from business, UPS and the United States Commercial Service provide training on moving goods internationally.

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