Purolator offers holiday shipping tips
Canadian logistics provider reminds customers to ship early and follow 12 tips for successful holiday deliveries.
Canadian parcel delivery and logistics provider Purolator is offering a list of holiday shipping tips to prepare for the more than 20 million parcels it expects to deliver this holiday season, the company said this week.
Toronto-based Purolator is asking customers to send their packages as soon as possible and to follow these shipping tips:
- Place gifts in the center of the box or carton, ensuring all items fit well and don't protrude.
- Wrap all items with protective packaging. Use at least three inches thick for fragile items.
- Be sure to fill in hollow spaces with bubble wrap and use cardboard inserts to protect edges for gifts such as books and picture frames.
- Avoid using wrapping paper to ship a gift, as it can get damaged during the delivery cycle. Instead, try durable bubble wrap and boxes.
- Affix appropriate labels when required: heavy weight, glass and liquid.
- Avoid using previously used boxes, which can lose their strength over time.
- Avoid using glue, masking tape, cellophane tape or opaque tape to seal boxes. Plastic, pressure-sensitive packing tape is the best way to seal your shipments.
- Never tie a package with string, rope or elastic bands. These items may get caught in processing equipment or torn off, damaging the package.
- Affix clearly visible shipping and receiving addresses with postal codes on each package in your shipment.
- Retain your package identification number for easy tracking. Purolator customers can visit www.purolator.com to track packages.
- Check the carrier's website to schedule a pickup or find out where to drop off packages; Purolator customers can visit www.purolator.com.
- Contact the carrier for assistance. Purolator customers can call 1-888-SHIP-123, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the online chat function at www.purolator.com.
Purolator also reminded customers of its ship-by dates for parcel delivery by December 24:
- Canada, next-day delivery (where available), Dec. 20
- United States, next-day delivery (where available), Dec. 20
- United States via Purolator Ground, Dec. 13
- Mexico, Caribbean, South and Central America, Dec. 18
- Wester Europe (including the United Kingdom, France and Germany), Dec. 18
- Australia, Dec. 18
- East Asia, Dec. 17
- Other international destinations (Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia, the Middle East), Dec. 11
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