Shipping for Holiday Success

December 6th, 2023 Comments off
Shipping For Holiday Success

The holiday season is once again upon us, which means an increase in orders is right around the corner. The busier you become, the easier it is to make mistakes like taking incorrect measurements or leaving old labels on the packaging. These mistakes can lead to costly adjustments and/or returned packages. With shipping deadlines in place and increased shipping volumes for carriers, you don’t have time to waste reshipping orders. That’s why and UPS are here with some reminders to help you avoid additional fees. 

Note: These surcharges can be applied year-round, not just during the holiday season.

Check your packaging before reusing 

If your packaging seems unstable or flimsy, it’s okay to retire and recycle it. USPS and UPS each offer some free shipping supplies on their websites that can be ordered directly to your home or business. You can also order certain USPS shipping supplies directly from your account. 

If your packaging is sturdy enough to be reused, look for any old labels and/or other special markings (hazardous material stickers, perishable content warnings, etc…). Remove anything that doesn’t apply to your new shipment to avoid getting any extra fees for incorrect packaging or additional handling your package didn’t actually need. Your orders will get to their destinations without additional delays, and your shipping budget won’t suffer. 

Use the correct packaging for your orders 

During the holiday season, orders range from breakables like coffee mugs to treats like chocolates. One is obviously more fragile than the other, but both items can handle their journey with some extra support. Wrap your items and surround any gaps between your items and the outer packaging with Kraft paper or other recyclable materials. We recommend using pressure-sensitive plastic or nylon-reinforced tape that’s at least 2 inches/5.08 centimeters wide. This way, your package is well-sealed, and there’s less of a chance that someone will open a broken gift on Christmas morning. 

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Confirm your shipment’s dimensions

We can’t stress this enough: double-check all of your shipment’s dimensions before entering them — Santa even checks his list twice. Measure the length, width, and height of your package multiple times, and round up the weight of your shipment to the nearest pound when needed, so you can better avoid charge corrections for your shipments. If/when your shipment isn’t a traditional shape, take a picture of its dimensions, just in case you need them later. We’ve included information about some of the commonly issued additional fees below. 

  • Additional Handling – Non-standard packages require extra care when moving through UPS Operations and are subject to additional surcharges. Such examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Any article that is not fully encased in a corrugated cardboard shipping container
    • Any package with an outer shipping container covered in shrink wrap or stretch wrap
    • Cylindrical tubes/packages
    • Packages bound by metal/plastic/cloth
    • Packages < 1 inch in a single dimension
    • Packages with the longest side exceeding 48 inches or its second-longest side exceeding 30 inches
  • Large Package – Large packages require special care and are subject to additional surcharges when the package meets the specifications below. An Additional Handling Charge will not be assessed when a Large Package Surcharge is applied.
    • Packages can be up to 90 pounds
    • Packages can be up to 130 inches in length and girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined
    • Packages can be up to 96 inches in length
  • Over Maximum Size – Over Max shipments are packages that are not compatible with the UPS system and should be shipped via another shipping method. Confirm your packages follow the guidelines below to avoid having a shipment returned as well as an additional surcharge applied:
    • Packages can be up to 150 pounds
    • Packages can be up to 165 inches in length and girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined
    • Packages can be up to 108 inches in length

As a reminder, to support SMBs, UPS will not apply Demand Surcharges to merchants on†. 

Dimensional Weight 

Sometimes, the actual weight of your package may not be the weight your shipment is charged for. Dimensional weight reflects a package’s volume, which is the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. This means the weight is based on your package’s dimensions instead of the weight you see when you place your shipment on the scale. You can determine whether the dimensional weight or actual weight will be used to determine your shipping cost in a couple of steps: 

  1. Calculate your package’s volume by multiplying the length, width, and height together 
  2. (L x W x H) 
  1. If this number is smaller than 1728, your shipping costs will be determined by the shipment’s actual weight
  2. If the number is larger than 1728, you’ll divide it by a carrier-specific number to determine the DIM weight 
  3. For USPS and UPS on shipments, divide this volume by 166
  4. For FedEx shipments, divide this number by 139 

How does adding UPS Shipping to your account help you save money? customers should already have UPS available as a carrier when they open their account. However, to add UPS as a carrier: 

Go to “Settings” > Select “Common” then “Carrier” > Add New Carrier > Click “UPS” 

Adding UPS as a carrier gives you even more carrier options to choose from with our Rate Advisor, so you can find the most affordable rate for your mailing and shipping needs. Start taking advantage of all these benefits when you ship with UPS on, including up to 78% off on UPS®Ground shipments, up to 73% for UPS 2nd Day Air® service, and UPS Next Day Air® service, and up to 82% off international services*. 

The best gift to receive this holiday season is the gift of no avoidable extra shipping charges. Removing old labels, using durable packaging, and double-checking all shipment measurements are all notable ways to reduce your chances of receiving these charges. Also, adding UPS®  Shipping to your account will help you save on your shipping costs through the holiday season and beyond. 

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*Discounts off UPS® Daily Rates. Rates are limited to shipping from the U.S. only. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

†Demand Surcharges are not applied only to accounts opened on

From Ugly Christmas Sweaters to Bomb Snickerdoodles – UPS has you Covered

April 28th, 2023 Comments off
Holiday Shipping: from sweaters to cookies, UPS has you covered

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year – and UPS are here to make that winter holiday dream happen.

We’ve all been there! You found the best ugly Christmas sweater that has about 1,000 little bells. Or you absolutely have to ship your famous gingerbread cookies to your college roommate. The holidays are a time to reflect, give, and share. We’re here to make that a reality.

So what advice can and UPS give you during this holiday season to make sure your obnoxiously knitted reindeer pullover or those cookies that can’t possible contain that much butter get to your friends and loved ones?

Here’s some tips and tricks for all those with the holiday spirit:


Whether it’s cookies to grandma or expanding your already amazing bakery, and UPS are here to support all your baked good dreams.

The Best Way to Ship Cookies Is Fast

As with any perishable, speed is of the essence when it comes to shipping cookies. With up to 73% off consider using UPS Next Day Air® so you can get your cookies delivered as fast and as fresh as possible.

Share the Cookie Love

If you’re still unsure about how to ship cookies, here’s a quick recap:

  1. Select cookies that will travel well. Shipping cookies that are easily breakable or heavy on filling might not be the best idea.
  2. Do not ship cookies warm. Give your cookies time to cool to room temperature before packing them.
  3. Wrap each cookie in plastic. For extra security, double wrap cookies in pairs.
  4. Remember to use plenty of cushioning material beneath and around the cookies to keep them secure in your container.
  5. Select an express shipping option to get your cookies delivered right on time.

Christmas Sweaters

Honestly, we’re here for it! Give us your hideous sequined Santa or your worst interpretation of what a reindeer can be. Ship us all the bells, the glitter, and pom-poms. Our tricks for your festive gear:

  • Fold the sweater, laying it flat and smooth on a clean, dry surface. Place the sweater front side down and fold the sides into the middle. Then fold the length of the sweater in three, so the front of the sweater sits on top.
  • For new sweater, slip into a plastic bag and slide the package into a poly mailer, a secure and lightweight choice of packaging for small items of clothing.
  • If you’re sending multiple sweaters, it is advised to use a box. Ensure the box is not much larger than the sweaters, to avoid sliding in transit. Stack the sweaters neatly on top of one another.
  • If the sweaters are new, consider placing each one in an individual plastic bag. Cushion around the sweater with bubble wrap to steady them inside the box.
  • If there are special accessories on the sweater (bells, pom-poms, etc.), considering cushioning them individually.

From and UPS, we wish you a happy Holiday season! Keep your holidays merry and bright. Ship with UPS using the UPS® Digital Access Program and rest assured you will have incredibly low prices and no Peak Surcharges this holiday season.

In addition to deep discounts of up to 78% off on UPS® Ground shipments, up to 73% for UPS 2nd Day Air® service, up to 73% for UPS Next Day Air® service and up to 82% off on International services, UPS has announced that it will not apply Peak Surcharge to sellers on

How to Add UPS Shipping to Your Account
Adding UPS Shipping to your account couldn’t be easier. Go to “Settings” in your account, select “Add a Carrier” and select “UPS.” Once you activate your account, you’ll be ready to ship and take advantage of all the benefits of UPS through

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