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Friday, December 10, 2010

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Congratulations to DANA from Saturday Mornings! You are the winner of the FedEx & $25 American Express gift card! Just send me your address so I can get this to you in time to ship all of your gifts. By the way, I just checked out Saturday Mornings and love it! I love the photo puzzle idea that is posted right now and all of the other great ideas on the blog.


Are you about to ship some Christmas packages? Here are some really great tips along with a giveaway from FedEx:

Ship it Smart with FedEx
Follow these easy packing and shipping tips from the experts at FedEx.  You can also visit fedex.com/packaging for more helpful advice.
  • Choose the right supplies
o   Use sturdy boxes with flaps intact. For heavier items, use double-wall boxes.  Keep within the weight specifications for your box. 
o   Make sure your box is large enough to put adequate padding around contents. Position your item in the center of the box and surround by cushioning such as bubble wrap, packing “peanuts,” densely packed shredded paper or foam pads. Use enough packing material – ideally one inch on all sides – so the item does not shift during transit. 
o   Use tape designed for packing, not duct or masking tape. Use the “H Tape” method to securely close all of the box flaps.
o   Do not wrap the outer box with paper or string, which can get caught in automated processing equipment.
o   FedEx Office offers a variety of the most popular packing supplies, including boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other essentials for purchase.  Locations also provide free FedEx shipping supplies for FedEx Express shipments.

·                     Use smart labeling
o   Position the address label squarely on the largest surface, and provide complete sender and recipient addresses, including phone numbers and ZIP codes.
o   Put the recipient’s address and your return address inside the box as well.

·         Call in the experts
o   FedEx Office has shipping specialists trained in pack and ship best practices to give you advice or pack up your gifts for you.
o   The more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations across the U.S. offer a full range of FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping options – with most stores open as late as 11 p.m. and 300 that are open 24 hours.  

·         Set up shipments online
o   FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com was the industry’s first Internet-based shipping option.  To use, customers simply click the “Prepare Shipment Online” option under the “Ship” tab on the fedex.com U.S. home page, register as a user and follow the easy-to-use instructions.  No extra software is required.

  • Ship early and avoid the lines
o   Customers have until December 17, 2010, to find and send that perfect holiday gift via FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery.  Last-minute shoppers have until December 23, 2010, to ship FedEx Express.
o   Customers can log onto fedex.com to determine shipping options, including rates and transit times to ensure that gifts are shipped in time to arrive for the holidays.

  • Allow recipients to receive gifts on their schedule
o   FedEx Office now offers two complimentary services that allow package recipients to pick up their items whenever it’s most convenient for them.
o   The Hold at FedEx Location service is great for customers who know their recipient won’t be home to accept delivery of a package.  Customers can choose to have their FedEx Express or FedEx Ground package sent to a domestic FedEx Office store of their choosing before any delivery attempt is made.  FedEx Express packages may also be sent to FedEx World Service Centers, including select international locations.  Packages are held for up to five business days and a government-issued ID is required to pick up packages.
o   With FedEx Redirect to Hold, U.S.-based customers who missed a delivery attempt by FedEx Express or FedEx Ground or know they will not be available to accept a package at a given time can have the package re-routed to a local FedEx Office store.
o   Both solutions are provided to customers free of charge – an offering competitors cannot match.
o   Also, when shipping FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Office can set up one of three convenient delivery options to ensure that recipients are home at the delivery time.  For an additional charge, customers can choose FedEx Evening Home Delivery® for delivery between 5 and 8 p.m., FedEx Date Certain Home Delivery® for a specific delivery date and FedEx Appointment Home Delivery® for a certain date and time for delivery.  These appointment options are not offered by any other competitors today.  

·         Track it
o   Tracking a package for real-time delivery status and location information is easy and convenient on fedex.com.
o   In fact, more than six million package-tracking requests are handled on an average day – and even more during the busy holiday shipping season.
o   Customers can also confirm a package’s status by calling 1.800.Go.FedEx (1.800.463.3339).


Ship it Green with FedEx
FedEx offers the following tips to get your package to its holiday destination while minimizing the environmental impact.
  • Use the smallest box possible while adequately protecting your item.  For fragile presents, double box the gift for more protection while shipping and reuse an older box for the interior box.

  • Purchase boxes made from recycled materials.  FedEx envelopes are made from 100 percent recycled content.  FedEx 10 kg and 25 kg boxes contain a minimum of 70 percent recycled content and are recyclable. 

  • If you must reuse an exterior box, make sure it is in good condition with no holes, tears or corner dents.  Remove any old labels to avoid confusion.

  • Look for eco-friendly solutions to cushion your package’s contents.  FedEx suggests solutions such as shredded paper, biodegradable packing “peanuts” or light-weight used clothing. 

  • Make sure you package your product properly with the correct amount of cushioning material and utilize a sturdy corrugated shipping container.  Remember that the less your package weighs, the fewer resources it will use.

  • Save a truck stop.  While you’re running other errands, drop off your FedEx Express shipments at one of more than 52,000 FedEx drop off locations. Both FedEx Ground and FedEx Express packages can be dropped at more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations nationwide.

  • Ship with a company that has strong environmental priorities.  By the end of 2010, FedEx will operate more than 335 hybrid and electric vehicles around the globe and more than 1,800 alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.  The FedEx hybrid fleet has logged more than five million miles of revenue service since being introduced in 2004 – the equivalent of over 200 laps around the equator. 

·         Visit http://fedex.com/us/holiday/or http://news.van.fedex.com/holiday2010for more helpful holiday tips.





I was just sent this great package from FedEx and they want to send one to one of my readers too. One lucky reader will get:


·         An 8x8x8 brown FedEx box
·         A roll of heavy-duty packing tape
·         Bubble wrap
·         Brown packing paper
·         Holiday-themed address cards to put inside your packed box
·         A $25 American Express gift card to ship your gifts at any FedEx location
·         A Pack & Ship Tips sheet loaded with helpful info FedEx packaging experts

I am going to keep this contest short so that the lucky reader will have time to ship their gifts with this great package.
You have until Monday, December 13th to enter.
Just leave a comment
For extra entries you can tweet, blog, or post on facebook about this contest. Just leave me a separate comment for each.

59 comments :

  1. Sweet! What an awesome giveaway! Timing couldn't be better!

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  2. Ooh! Great givaway! and thanks for the tips!

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  3. Thanks for the artical. Always have things to ship.

    Melissa

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  4. I have so many people to ship to, this would help out a great deal! danajeanward@gmail.com

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  5. I tweeted about it! Crossing my fingers! danajeanward@gmail.com

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  6. i live in hawaii and have to ship everything! this is awesome, thanks!

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  7. I do need to start shipping dont I? Christmas is coming quickly!!

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  8. I shared your great giveaway on Facebook.

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  9. FedEx is great!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot cmo

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  10. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/13393809639473152

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. with some family members in China and in England and in the US too this would come in handy for the presents my parents wants to send to their grandchildren.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  12. Like others have said, PERFECT Timing! This would be a big help with some of our gift giving...Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  13. http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1519129687

    Put it on my Facebook too! :-)

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  14. Great giveaway! This comes in very handy!

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  15. Awesome giveaway, thanks for sharing.

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  16. I still have a few gifts to send, so this would be wonderful!

    shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. WOW, this would be a great help.
    supergrand2009@yahoo.com

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  18. Tweeted-http://twitter.com/COUNTRYNEST/status/14014737134125056
    supergrand2009@yahoo.com

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  19. http://twitter.com/#!/SwoodsonShoe/status/14015368938917890 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  20. Thanks for the tips and the giveaway!!
    schaefer7382 at aol dot com

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  21. Great giveaway at the perfect time! Thanks for the chance to win.

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  22. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/pixie13sweeps/status/14029662271307776

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  23. Fed Ex has reliable, dependable shipping service.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  25. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/14129558781431808

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  26. I blogged!

    http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2010/12/thrifty-home-fedex-giveaway-25-american.html

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  27. I shared on Facebook!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  28. Thanks for the chance, I have a ton of gifts to send this year!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  29. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/mom2anutball/status/14154457688309760

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  30. Totally fabulous, please enter me!

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  31. And a tweet...
    http://twitter.com/#!/ldropvintage

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  32. Your post honestly reminded me I have to go to Fed Ex tomorrow!

    So, I already kind of won.

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  33. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/14171564417228800

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  34. http://www.facebook.com/brokenwon/posts/182801565066186

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  35. Fedex has good service.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  36. tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/14174158711693312

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  37. FAcebooked@tcarolinep JessieKatie S

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  38. blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/12/thrifty-home-fedex-giveaway-25-american.html

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  39. Thank you for the giveaway!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  40. I posted on FB:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/janetfaye/posts/147923615256198

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. I blogged:
    http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2010/12/fedex-giveaway-25-american-express-gift.html

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. I have a couple packages to ship for Christmas and this would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  43. oh, i like this give-away.

    rose
    contact at finecraftguild.com


    thank you too for all those fed ex tips!
    some reaalllly good ones.

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  44. What a thoughtful giveaway! One person is going to be hooked up for shipping there gifts out this Holiday Season!

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  45. It's monday- i hope i made it in time for the sweet giveaway
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  46. Cool, i would like this package!

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  47. Really neat giveaway!

    emilynwins[at]gmaildotcom

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  48. id love to win, i ship stuff all the time!

    ashspurgeon at hotmail.com

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  49. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/prizepuzzle/status/14530543148335104

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  50. Thank you so much! Even my husband is thrilled that I won!!!!

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