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Holiday Logistics: Winter Storms in Minnesota Sparked Santa-Like Solution for UPS Deliveries

During this holiday season, Mother Nature delivered lots of snow to parts of the U.S. So much snow, that it impaired travel on roads and on airlines. In Minnesota, UPSers got creative and used sleds to help deliver packages to customers. The following story was originally written by Justin Luther, who is an Employee Communications Supervisor in Minnesota. Read More »

Santa’s Helpers Wear Brown

I have found stories in the UPS Archives that go back to the 1920s of drivers being asked by children if they delivered for Santa Claus in addition to the local department stores. Often, the drivers would confess to the hopeful child that, yes, they do help Jolly Ol’ St. Nick make his deliveries. 

The challenge for these drivers – and to some extent for the drivers today – is to get these deliveries past any children who are at home and safely in the hands of the parent. A December 1929 article in UPS’s employee publication, the Big Idea, addressed this challenge of maintaining the secrecy of these important deliveries – especially when in those days, tricycles and dollhouses came assembled without a cardboard box to conceal them. 

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Out of Your Comfort Zone? Part 2

I’m currently on a “peak” season assignment working at the UPS Forest Park facility. This is a departure from my role in public relations at UPS but is giving me a great month-long opportunity to see the operations in action, and help coordinate the logistics of teaming our drivers with new part-time seasonal helpers. UPS hires 50,000 seasonal workers to help deliver 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m excited to be doing my part!

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What the Craft: Repurposing Your Cardboard Boxes
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Like so many others these days, we are sometimes unable to steal away to visit family who require travel to celebrate the holidays. Luckily though, for both parties, we get to shop ‘til we drop and ship presents all over the place in time for the big day of merriment. But what in the world am I to do (besides offer the recycling truck driver job security) with all of those boxes?!

Well, my wheel’s started turning when The UPS Store contacted me to share my personal reuse of all of the packaging that piles up from the holiday celebration. Some years, if the box is sturdy enough, it becomes the new home for all of the post-Christmas decoration shopping I do with my mom and sisters. Most years, however, they just go right in the big blue can and down to the curb on Friday. This year, I’ve decided to do something a little more creative.

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Holiday Travel: Convenience or Budget? Why Not Both?
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Photo by Bill Ward

Unlike many folks this Christmas, I’m staying put. I won’t be dealing with the stress of holiday travel. Fortunately, I’ve never had to experience traveling during the holidays. In years past, I’ve sat at home and watched on the news as travelers made their way around the country, sometimes getting stuck in airports because of winter storms or missed flights.

Now as a new father, I know my days of enjoying the comfort of my home during the Christmas break are soon to be forgotten. Next year, for example, we’ll be heading to N.Y. to visit my in-laws. To grandma and grandpa’s house we go!

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Don’t Let the Cookies Crumble

I recently spoke with Heidi, owner and cookie creator of Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies in Alpharetta, Ga., about packing and shipping tips. During the holiday season Heidi’s company ships more than 500 packages a day. Heidi says, “It is imperative for our reputation and our customers that the gift recipients receive our cookies at optimum freshness. Since we don’t add preservatives, we ensure that the cookies arrive at their destination within two days.” Check out what Heidi has to say about packing and shipping her “sinfully delectable” baked goods this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Printing Holiday Cheer at The UPS Store

holiday 2010 calendarDo you wonder who has time to do those interesting personalized holiday letters? Actually, you do, and we can help!

On top of all the holiday packing and shipping, The UPS Store locations help our customers with their seasonal print projects – from holiday cards, to personalized calendars, to family cookbooks. Curious? Read on!

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The UPS Store Restores Sanity This Holiday Season!

Shipping giftI’ve been a customer of The UPS Store for a while, so when I was asked to become the social media Community Leader in conjunction with Collective Bias, I responded with a hearty… “Heck yeah!”

Every holiday season it seems as if more and more is added to our list of “things to do”. Much of it, if not all of it, is brought on by ourselves. There’s the food and the baking and the trees and the lights and the parties… Oh! The parties! Instead of coming together as a family, we often find ourselves camped out at various stores on Black Friday, trying to get the best deals.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at The UPS Store

The UPS StorePacking Tips from a Holiday Veteran

I am not ready to confess publicly how many Christmases I have seen in my lifetime … but I have spent 27 of them in the shipping industry, seven of which at The UPS Store. There are a bunch of stories to tell—some that would make you cry and many more that would make you laugh!

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Out of Your Comfort Zone?

I’m currently on a “peak” season assignment working at the UPS Forest Park facility. This is a departure from my role in public relations at UPS but is giving me a great month-long opportunity to see the operations in action, and help coordinate the logistics of teaming our drivers with new part-time seasonal helpers. UPS hires 50,000 seasonal workers to help deliver 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m excited to be doing my part!

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