After Christmas this year, I didn’t have any packages to return because all of my gifts were either cash or gift cards. (My family knows me well, so they don’t waste their time shopping for me anymore.)
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National Returns Day
I’m getting ready for one of the busiest return travel days of the year – for boxes like me at least.
The holiday rush isn’t over yet. Consumers will return 520,000 of my closest friends on January 3 – National Returns Day!
UPS wants to share more about this hassle-free experience with you during the first Twitter Party of 2013 on Thursday, January 3 at 3 p.m. EST. Join @UPS to learn more about #HassleFreeReturns and have fun interacting with the experts at The UPS Store. They’ll provide some helpful tips on how to return those unwanted items.
Did you get any gifts that were the wrong size or color? You aren’t alone.
UPS doesn’t slow down after the holidays. As more consumers shop online, they will return or exchange those unwanted holiday gifts. UPS is expected to transport more than 2 million packages back to retailers during the first week in January 2013.
Tis’ the season to give – receive – and now return. The National Retail Federation estimates shoppers will return more than $46 billion in merchandise this year – that’s up almost 10 percent from two years ago.
Returns season is in full swing at UPS. Today consumers will return more than 500,000 packages! It’s so many, we’re calling it National Returns Day. Just like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have a self-proclaimed, unofficial holiday.
With the rise in online shopping this year more people are returning those gifts they couldn’t try on or touch before Christmas. The math is easy: more online shopping = more returns. Many retailers now offer free return shipping, making it even easier for consumers to swap wrong sizes and colors. Today’s deluge of returns will keep our drivers busy delivering just as many packages back to retailers on January 6, 2012.
Celebrating the holidays is a joyous event. Family, friends, food and gifts. Yet inevitably, returning gifts has become part of the routine during the holidays. In fact, January 3 is the top shipping day for holiday returns at UPS. Just as others created Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re creating a day too that’s dedicated to returns – National Returns Day.
Let’s face it. Returning gifts can feel like a hassle … collecting gift receipts, driving around town, standing in line at the store. Holiday returns are daunting, but they don’t have to be. Read More »