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Small Business Success Starts with Music, a Friend and Take-out Food

The best ideas are sometimes the ones you joke about with your best friend over Chinese food. About five years ago, Jason Lucash and Mike Syzmcak came up with OrigAudio while traveling the world for their jobs at the time, lugging around music stereos to listen to jams and eating take-out food on a regular basis. On a night like any other, the two came up with an idea: instead of lugging around giant boom boxes and stereos, make something small, portable and foldable, similar to their Chinese take-out box, that could play music and be easy to travel with.

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Today is the Busiest Day in UPS History

Today Santa’s helpers dressed in Brown® are going to be really busy – actually they’re breaking records as UPS delivers more than 28 million packages around the world – that’s more than 300 packages a second!

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Lending Santa a Hand this Holiday – Holiday Shipping and Packing Tips
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With the craziness of Black Friday, the crowded mall parking lots and the seemingly endless wish lists, you’ve likely put a lot of time and effort into finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. You’ve fought the lines and stalked the sales, and now have the perfect gifts to show for your hard work!

But there’s still an important item left on your gift shopping list: getting the items to their new owners. This might be as simple as having Santa leave it under the tree, or you might need to help him with the legwork and ship them yourself. But don’t panic. Luckily, holiday shipping can be the easiest part of the whole process, with some tried-and-true wisdom:

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Packing up for Back-to-School

With all of the sunshine, crowded beaches and endless pool parties, it’s hard to believe that back-to-school is right around the corner. It seems like school just let out for summer vacation! It’s never too early to start planning for the chaos that is August and September. 

Even for the most organized of parents, the weeks leading up to the first day of school can be a whirlwind of crayons, calculators and textbooks. But can you imagine the stress that those first-time college parents feel?

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Deliver More to Mom for Mother’s Day. Join UPS and The UPS Store for the #Deliver2Mom Twitter Parties on May 3.
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At UPS, we’re proud to love logistics. Planning, multi-tasking, transporting … yes, we love it all. But there’s one group that shines as the “original logistics experts” – Moms. They’re often the engineers in the family … keeping everything (and everyone) synchronized while skillfully navigating daily obstacles. At the heart of logistics is a well-run operation. And at the heart of the family is mom.

So how do you celebrate the “CEO” of the family?

Our #Deliver2Mom Twitter Parties will deliver fun ideas and a bit of inspiration to honor moms. We’ll also offer tips to keep your gift giving (and gift shipping) experience hassle free … such as packing advice from The UPS Store and how to manage your deliveries with UPS My Choice.

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Delivering Love: The Logistics of Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air … and on the road as UPSers gear up to deliver gifts of love for Valentine’s Day. While jewelry topped last year’s list of Valentine’s gifts, candy remains a popular option too. Online retailers will be busy, with 32% of U.S. consumers saying they plan to purchase their Valentine’s gifts on the web this year.

If your love comes in the form of homemade goodies, check out the #HGEATS Twitter chat on February 8 at noon ET. The UPS Store will join Kimberly Moore (twitter.com/hungrygoddess) as they share tips for packing and shipping food. With sweet thoughts on our mind, we created the following infograph to celebrate one of the sweetest holidays on the calendar.

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Last Minute Shipping Tips for the Holiday Procrastinator
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The holidays can be a whirlwind of gift buying and wrapping, decorating and eating. Before you have a meltdown, check out these last-minute packing and shipping tips and know that you can ship as late as Dec. 23 for delivery on Dec. 24. And remember, The UPS Store is open later during the holidays to take care of your last-minute packing and shipping needs.

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#HolidayPacking Twitter Party Helps Simplify Holiday Travel and Shipping
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That’s right, folks: another Twitter party come and gone. This time, @TheTravelMom, Emily Kaufman and five fabulous blogger panelists helped UPS and The UPS Store host the #HolidayPacking Twitter party focused on having the best travel experience this holiday by packing and shipping holiday gifts ahead of time, not to mention your luggage!

Participants shared some great travel stories, both the good and the ugly, and lessons learned in the process. @UPS and @TheUPSStore shared some helpful  tips on avoiding the headaches that can come with holiday travel, including UPS My Choice, holiday packing tips and luggage shipping.

The conversation was lively and informative.   Here are some of our favorite tweets about everything from the best ways to pack your items to the strangest things shipped to loved ones. Enjoy!

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: Packing Kids up for College
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With the recent heat wave creeping across the country, it’s hard to imagine that kids are getting ready to head back to school. In some ways, it seems like the lazy, hazy days of summer have just begun. Not yet a parent myself, I am reminded otherwise by my family and friends who breathe a sigh of relief each time they see a back-to-school commercial.

Dropping the kids off at the bus stop is one thing but for those parents who are sending their son or daughter off to college, whether for the first or last time, packing up for a year of classes, dorm life, football games and fraternity parties can overwhelm even the most organized. If within driving distance, you can simply pack up the family car and head out but for students who live across the country, a popular choice, and good option, is to ship their possessions.

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