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UPS Offers Consumers Tips on Holiday Gift Mailing; Thursday, December 19, Peak Shipping Day

ATLANTA, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Nothing can be more exciting than receiving a special delivery during the holidays, but those spirits can be dashed quickly if the gift is damaged because of poor packaging. UPS' packaging engineers have come up with advice to ensure that all holiday gifts -- over 265 million of which UPS will deliver this season -- arrive in good condition.

"All it takes is a little extra care and proper packaging to make sure that gifts arrive on time and intact for the holidays," said Bob Gordon, UPS corporate packaging manager.

To ensure gifts arrive looking as good as when there were sent, UPS suggests that long-distance Santas follow these tips:

-- Choose a good box.
 The outer box should be large enough to fit the package plus two
 inches of cushioning material around each item. If the box is not

 it should be strong enough to do the job and stand up to being
 stacked with other boxes. Make sure there are no creases, tears,
 punctures or old labels, and the flap should be intact.

-- Protect it inside.
 Use bubble pack, Styrofoam "peanuts," foam-in-place, corrugated
 dividers or, for lighter packages, wadded newspaper to protect against
 shock that occurs when packages come in contact with each other or
 hard surfaces. And while you're packing the box, it's important to
 place a duplicate mailing label inside the carton, in case the outside
 label is lost or damaged.

-- Seal it up securely.
 Use heavy-duty, pressure-sensitive plastic or nylon-reinforced tape.
 Don't use masking or cellophane tape. And never wrap cartons in paper
 or tie them with string, as these packages can get caught in machinery
 and delay delivery.

-- Label properly.
 The mailing label must include the complete name and address,
 including the zip code. If necessary, make sure to put the business
 name, apartment or floor number. Pay extra attention to make sure
 that all the information is correct.

-- Ship as early as possible.
 Catalog shoppers must remember that orders may take a day or two to
 process before being shipped.

-- Special tips for specific items:

- Breakable items, Including glass and ceramic, need extra packaging.
 Always use bubble pack around the item and place it in a separate box
 inside the packing box. When shipping your favorite Christmas
 cookies, place them inside a smaller box or container and surround
 them with adequate packing material. This will help to avoid shifting
 during transit.

- Electronic equipment should be shipped in its original packaging,
 surrounded by additional cushioning materials and placed inside a
 larger box. If you open the box containing the gift before shipping,
 be sure to repack it exactly the was it was.

- Soft items, such as clothing and toys, also should be shipped in a
 roomy carton with protective wrap. Do not ship the gift-wrapped
 package in brown paper. This will not provide adequate protection.

- Agricultural items, such as plants, fresh fruits or vegetables, being
 shipped to California, Hawaii or Arizona require a special blue
 identification label and are subject to inspection. This can add an
 additional day in transit.

"If you pack properly, holiday gifts will arrive ready to bring holiday cheer to the recipients," Gordon said.

If you have other questions or concerns regarding shipping packages this holiday season, UPS maintains a 24-hour, toll-free- 800-number (1-800-PICKUPS).

UPS, based in Atlanta, anticipates its peak day will be Thursday, December 19, with an expected volume of almost 17 million packages. UPS employs more than 335,000 people worldwide, and provides services to more than 200 countries and territories. The company had revenues for 1995 of $21 billion on a volume of 3.1 billion packages.

The UPS home page:

SOURCE United Parcel Service
 -0- 11/26/96

/CONTACT: Mark Dickens of UPS, 404-828-6122, or Marla Gordon or Catherine Dunsby of Edelman Worldwide, 212-704-4503 or 8277/

CO: United Parcel Service ST: Georgia IN: TRN AIR SU:

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