Monday, 10 October 2016

How To Ship A Package At Post Office

Shipping packages through the United States Postal Service may seem like a complicated process, but if you follow this simple set of directions, it can be quite simple and straightforward.

1. Prepare the package.
  • Find the correct size box for everything you intend to ship. Larger boxes mean higher fees, and are unnecessary if shipping small items. Either use a box supplied by the USPS specifically designed for shipping, or a cardboard box with thick sidewalls that will not break or rot.
  • Place the items in the box and seal with tape. Masking tape and duct tape will not be accepted by the USPS. Packaging tape is easy to find and holds cardboard better.
  • If the items are fragile, make sure to pad with spare paper, bubble wrap, bundled up newspaper, or something else soft.

2. Label your package.
  • Go to the USPS website and select the "print shipping label" button.
    • Type in your address in the return address section.
    • Type in the address you want the package sent to.
    • Print the label and attach to the box with clear packaging tape.
  • Alternately, write your address and sending address by hand. Attach to the box with clear packaging tape.
  • The label should always be parallel with the longest side of the package.
3. Calculate the price of shipping.
  • Based on the weight and size of your package, there will be varying shipping costs.
    • Go to the USPS website and select the Price Calculator to figure out the shipping cost by inserting the weight and dimensions.
    • Alternately, weigh the package at the post office.
4. Determine your shipping method.
  • There are numerous shipping methods that all have differing costs.
    • Priority. This is an expensive option, and will get your package to its destination in 2-3 business days.
    • Priority Mail Express. This is an even more expensive option, and will get your package to its destination overnight.
    • Domestic. This means you are sending your package within the United States.
    • International. This means you are sending your package outside the United States.
    • Standard. Standard is the cheapest and will get the package to its destination in 5 to 7 business days.
5. Ship your package.
  • Schedule a shipment to be picked up from your home or office. You can pay the shipping fees online at no extra cost.
  • Alternately, bring the packages in to your nearest USPS office and have them ship it for you.

One Mail You Must Send Before Go At Vacations

It’s common practice to prepare an autoresponder for when you are going to be away from work for a lengthy period of time. But in many cases that isn’t enough to give you – and those who may be wanting to reach you – peace of mind while you are gone.
An example of this is if you’re in charge of a number of clients who held up by that favourite of all contexts…the infamous “Waiting on” context.
When you’re trying to contact someone on a matter of importance (or even urgency) on side of the equation and you find out via an autoresponder that they are away for vacation, it can be incredibly frustrating unless they’ve done the front-end work beforehand. (I’m speaking from personal – and recent – experience here. And worse, there was no auto-responder set up. I had to use the (gasp!) telephone to find out what was going on.)
As a matter of courtesy – and to give you the peace of mind needed to be present wherever you are going (either away from the office or on vacation) – you should send each of your clients a simple email to let them know you’ll be away. Below I’ve offered some sample text for to you use as a template.
I will be out of the office from DATE LEAVING to DATE RETURNING but wanted to assure you that I have handed off all important information off to DELEGATE’S NAME while I am away. Should you have any questions or need anything during this time, please feel free to contact DELEGATE’S NAME and they will do their best to assist you.
Any correspondence (email or phone calls) sent my way will be responded to within 2–3 days of my return.
You may also want to include bullet points of what is in progress so that your client knows you’re on top of things – and it will also likely reduce the amount of emails sitting in your inbox when you return. Unlike a more generalized email (like the one I’ve provided) that you can send en masse, you’ll want to set aside some time to send more personalized emails out. (Chris Guillebeau is incredibly respectful and courteous with email.)
There’s nothing worse than dreading a return from being away from the desk. Sending out this one email before you go anywhere for an extended period of time will help lessen that feeling.