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Queuing at the post office was one of my least favorite things to do, even before the coronavirus pandemic . Now it sounds like a recipe for extra stress and exposure to a room of troubled people looking at each other cautiously ̵
1; even if we all wear face masks.
If you need to email a package to a family member or colleague, you can get boxes for free from USPS and skip the queue . But you can also go a step further and not go to the post office at all when you need to send a package.
Shipping facilities such as USPS, FedEx and UPS all offer scheduled pickup options for shipping packages. In most cases, you must have the item in the box before planning and buy a shipping label. While scheduling a pickup is free when you use USPS and UPS, it costs you if you use FedEx. You can also schedule pickups for your Amazon returns .
Once your item has been collected, you will receive an email confirmation from your chosen carrier. Here's how you can send your packages without going to the post office.
To schedule a parcel collection with USPS, you must first purchase a shipping label from USPS Click N Ship. Then visit the Schedule a Collection page and enter your address information to check availability. The postal service will then let you know if it can be picked up in your area and ask you a series of questions – if you have a dog, where to leave your parcel and when you want the pickup to be scheduled
that pick up during regular mail delivery is free, but if you want to schedule a specific time it will cost $ 24. After you select a date you have to fill in how many packages they pick up and the estimated weight – USPS suggests moving to the nearest pound to round.
If your package weighs more than 70 pounds or is longer than 130 inches, they cannot accept it. You can also choose to have one of their free flat rate boxes shipped to you if you don't have a scale to weigh the package.
Alternatively, you can also drop off at a USPS Collection Box to avoid the crowds at the post office.
To schedule a pickup from FedEx, you must open a FedEx account with a username, password and your credit card information. Allows you to load your shipments with FedEx Express and FedEx Ground. Here is a list of the shipping costs, which vary.
Next, you need to create a shipping label for your package and schedule a date for your package to be picked up. Let them know where the package is located, for example on your veranda by the door.
If you don't have access to a printer to print a shipping label, UPS is the best option. With the carrier you can schedule a collection without labels and the driver will bring you shipping documents. At this time, you cannot pay by check or money order, so you can either call UPS and provide your payment details over the phone or write your payment details on the receipt the driver brings you to cover any shipping or collection costs. After verifying the collection details, you will see the total cost of your order online.
Once you have decided whether or not you want to print a label, enter your pick-up details and address. You can then select the type of UPS service you want to use and how many items you want to ship, for example, UPS Ground or UPS Next Day Air . You should also indicate whether your package weighs more or less than 70 pounds.
Select a pick-up time and let them know where they can pick up the package, for example the garage or the front door. Here's a list of shipping costs depending on which service you choose – next day shipping is more expensive than overland shipping.
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What about Amazon returns?
If you need to return an item to Amazon but you cannot pick it up at a nearby Kohl store for a drop-off at the store, or the store is temporarily closed in your area, you can still return a package, but it's a bit tricky. If you select a return, you must change the default shipping method from Kohl & # 39; s Dropoff to UPS Pickup and then select Confirm Your Return .
Amazon will provide you with a return label, so all you have to do is repack the item and pick it up on your porch or the next business day.
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