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2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Here are the dates you need to know to ensure your packages make it before the holidays. You'll find both APO, FPO, and DPO military shipping deadlines as well as stateside for the major carriers.

USPS price increases & elimination of Regional Rate Boxes

On January 23, 2022, USPS will eliminate Regional Rate Boxes when implementing their new pricing.

Special requirements for for shipping used electronics

Many electronics contain lithium batteries which are classified as hazardous materials (HAZMAT). It is important to handle them correctly for your safety and the safety of the carriers.

What you need to know about customs forms

Getting your customs right is important to avoid returned packages. Customs forms are required on international and military shipments. Even though military shipments are considered domestic mail, they still require a customs form when the service member is stationed in a different country.

How to pack fragile items

Getting fragile items to their final destination can be tricky. The key is proper packaging.  Read on to learn how to pack fragile items.

Ways to save money on shipping

Ever wonder if there was a way to save money on shipping? We have tips to help you save money, from avoiding surcharges to switching services or boxes to get better rates.

Fun, festive fall care package

Get some ideas to create your own fall care package, including fun items that will brighten anyone's day!

2021 Holiday Deadlines

Know the deadlines to ensure your packages arrive in time for the holidays.

 

4 Tips for Eco-Friendly Packing!

Here are some ideas for eco-friendly shipping that will help save you money and help put less stress on our planet.

Time - It's Our Most Precious Resource

After a year where we were forced to put so much on pause, take back control of your precious time. You can beat the clock and start putting your time into the things that matter most to you. You never get your time back so, stop letting it slip away on processes and activities that aren't serving you. 

Avoid the Return Rush

No one wants to spend the last few days of the year waiting in long lines at the post office. Honestly, no one wants to do that any day regardless of the time of year. Tons of people shopped online this holiday season so, you know you won't be the only person showing up to bring back that pack of socks your kid didn't want or that sweater that was too itchy. The good news is that there is a much easier way to get your returns done this year and pay less while doing it.

The "No-No Items" in Shipping

There are some items you simply can't send in the mail and it can be hard to know what is allowed and what is not. We have pulled information from some of the major carriers to help you keep these restricted items out of your shipments. This will help prevent your package from being returned to you, and extra charges from pilling up.

In Most Cases Air is Free, but not in this One.

We see people "shipping air" a lot. It's a simple, but costly mistake. There are a few easy, quick fixes to keep your money from going to the wind. 

Sometimes Bigger is Better and Other Times… it’s Just Not

In this post, we will highlight some of the main size and weight restrictions across some of the major carriers. Shipping carriers have specific weight and size restrictions for packages to ensure the safety of their team and your package. We can all agree that sometimes, like in the case of an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie, bigger is best but in other cases, those rules don’t apply. One of those instances is with your shipping.

1st USPS Surcharges Affect 2020 Holiday Shipping

For the first time in history, the U.S. Postal Service is implementing holiday surcharges which will increase rates by between $.24 and $1.50 for commercial services. Commerical service includes online shipping tools but the rates will still be less than going to the post office.

What's Your End Game?

When we make a decision or start something new, we are aware of our end game. What do I want to come from making this change? Where do I want to end up after this?

Our Customers Describe us as Brilliant, Seamless, and Passionate - Can You Say that About Your Shipping?

Shipthrifty is different because, for us, it's about the relationships. We work with our customers to ensure they have what they need to succeed with their shipping. To us, the connection with our customers is critical because we learn how to be better based on their feedback. That is what makes us different, we work with you to do what is best for your shipping. Do you love your shipping and your shipping team?

It's More than a Package - How to Pack a Care Package

In today’s world, less contact is more. That goes for physical contact, but the same rules don’t have to apply to connection. When you send a package, you are doing more than that. Whether it is across many many miles, or just a few towns away, you are connecting with someone else to bring joy to their day and a smile to their face. It’s more than a package. Simply send joy with Shipthrifty.

Change doesn't always have to be the "bad guy"

Change is arguably one of the most difficult things to cope with and address for many people. The reason is that there are so many other emotions and reactions that come with it. The aversion to change is rarely because of change in itself, but other feelings that surround the idea of change.

USPS Boxes and Surcharges Newsletter, October 14, 2020

USPS boxes are taking a really long time to arrive so get them ordered and a heads up that USPS surcharges start on October 18, 2020 

Knowledge is power, October 8, 2020

Reconnecting with Organizations that send care packages to share valuable information to help them with their mission.

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