New UPS Delivery Option

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    May 16, 2015 10:54 AM GMT
    New option to our area, anyway. I ordered the Corelle dinnerware sets I mentioned in another thread, and got a UPS email confirmation that gave me a different delivery choice this time. Instead of at our door, I could opt to have the items brought to a local UPS Store.

    Now as it happens there's one just around the corner from us, walking distance if the package isn't too big or heavy. This appealed to me, because delivery to our secure condo is always a hassle for us.

    Someone has to be home to let the driver inside, and it's difficult to control which day that will be. UPS is always on time, much better than FedEx, along with more responsive online tracking, but it still ties us down. Like waiting for the TV cable guy or a plumber. And we get packages delivered fairly often.

    So I tried it, and the UPS Store phoned me when the dinnerware arrived. And big surprise: the manager was someone we know!. "Hey, Bob, we got a package here for you." We weren't aware he's at that same store, great visiting with him later that day, catching up with news.

    So it worked very well, and we got to control our own schedule. I forgot to ask how long they'll hold stuff, I'll check when my next shipment comes in, already on its way. But for us, at least, it appears to be the better solution for packages, especially high value ones.
  • Hypertrophile

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    May 16, 2015 5:45 PM GMT
    I recently had shipped off part of my sound system for repairs and en route back, I had to change the delivery from home to the UPS store because I wouldn't be there and I didn't want it sitting out all day. It's nice to have this option now. I can see needing this from time to time shipping materials to my clients.

    I haven't notice if FedEx or USPS has this yet, but I imagine they will eventually.
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    May 18, 2015 11:46 AM GMT
    I've had that option offered to me often when ordering bulky or expensive car parts. It's preferable to me to pick it up from the dispatch warehouse than let a $2k part sit on my porch all day icon_sad.gif
  • LJay

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    May 18, 2015 1:56 PM GMT
    UPS delivers a lot of my prescriptions and does a great job of it. I wonder if you could make arrangements to have your parcels delivered to one of their stores and held while you were on vacation.

    If I were in Colorado, could they take care of my other home health needs?
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    May 18, 2015 2:30 PM GMT
    LJay saidUPS delivers a lot of my prescriptions and does a great job of it. I wonder if you could make arrangements to have your parcels delivered to one of their stores and held while you were on vacation.

    If I were in Colorado, could they take care of my other home health needs?

    Dunno, I would phone or email UPS and find out these delivery options.

    Back during the holidays I ordered an item and the product company wasn't going to send it via UPS until we were almost back home from Key West, where we were at the time of the order. Then I got email confirmation from UPS that the item had been given to them a week early. Still OK, we'd be back home a day before its scheduled arrival.

    I next got another UPS email update, happily telling me that their shipment schedule had been advanced. Now it would arrive while we were still in KW. And being high value it required an approved signature, countersigned by me.

    So I had to get a UPS signature form online, print & complete it, and fax it to a neighbor, and get word to the local UPS distribution point. Fortunately our KW hotel had all the required abilities that my iPad alone did not. The package was delivered to our neighbor and waiting when we returned home. Hassle!

    UPS does have a premium service that gives you greater delivery latitude from online, like delaying a home delivery for a few days, but I wasn't yet subscribed, and I had trouble activating it. It is now. You might look into that as well.
  • rnch

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    May 18, 2015 3:03 PM GMT
    In my gayborhood, as well as in the residential section of the French Quarter, you will sometimes see a handwritten note taped on the front door or mail box saying: "UPS or post office: Please toss my package over the side gate to avoid it being stolen."


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    May 18, 2015 6:46 PM GMT
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    May 18, 2015 8:01 PM GMT
    rnch saidIn my gayborhood, as well as in the residential section of the French Quarter, you will sometimes see a handwritten note taped on the front door or mail box saying: "UPS or post office: Please toss my package over the side gate to avoid it being stolen."

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    In my gayborhood the note can be more like: "EMT or Police Dept: Please toss my partner over the side gate to avoid him being stolen."
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    May 19, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    My USPS PO box has a second address that I can route UPS, FedEx, and DHL packages to. Only drawback is sometimes I have to wait an extra day for the morning mail sort process. They sign for it, then I have to show I'd to pick it up at the counter.
    A business-class box is about $14 a month. But it cut my.junk mail by 95%!!