Costa Mesa, California UPS Store Advises to Do Your Holiday Shipping Early

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Sara Gustavson, Co-Owner of the Costa Mesa, California, UPS Store Advises to be sure to get your package shipping early so that they will be delivered on time for the Christmas and Holiday Season.

“To avoid the worst of the Christmas rush, it's best to visit us as early as possible," said The UPS Store franchisee Sara Gustavson. “But late shoppers need not fear. They can ship as late as Dec. 22 for delivery on Dec. 23."

With only twenty shipping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, good timing is critical for timely delivery of your holiday presents. Store owners of the Costa Mesa and Bayside, California UPS Stores advise customers to do their holiday package shipping as early as possible. Mondays are typically the busiest shipping days, and Dec. 12-16 is expected to be the busiest week of the year.

“To avoid the worst of the holiday rush, it's best to visit us as early as possible," said The UPS Store franchisee Sara Gustavson. “But late shoppers need not fear. They can ship as late as Dec. 22 for delivery on Dec. 23. But shipping early provides more affordable options.”

Gustavson advises that most ground packages require five days or less to reach their destination, but if you’re shipping coast-to-coast, it may take longer. Bad weather can also create unexpected delays. If you wait until the week of Christmas, you’ll have to select a premium service for delivery on Friday, Dec. 23:

  •     Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Ship UPS 3 Day Select ®
  •     Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Ship UPS 2nd Day Air ®
  •     Thursday, Dec. 22 – Ship UPS Next Day Air ®

This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday. For time-critical shipments, UPS offers the convenience of Saturday Delivery; however, Saturday Delivery commitment times depend on the shipping service you choose. Check with your local The UPS Store for more information.

If you are shipping internationally The UPS Store can advise you on the best shipping date to ensure on-time delivery.

“In addition to taking more time, shipping internationally or to military personnel often includes certain restrictions as well as customs and duty charges,” Gustavson said. “We can help customers avoid any surprise charges or unexpected delays.”

The U.S. Postal Service says packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should be mailed by Dec. 3 in order to arrive in time for Christmas; mail going to other military overseas APO/FPO locations needs to be sent by Dec. 18.

Sara Gustavson and husband Phil are the co-owners of Two UPS Stores. The Costa UPS Store is located at 1835 Newport Blvd, Suite A109, Costa Mesa, CA . The Costa Mesa store and offers extended holiday hours: Monday through Friday – 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays in December - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Newport Bayside Store is located at 1024 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, California, 92660. For additional information, visit http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/3956 or call 949-722-0115.

About The UPS Store
With nearly 4,400 locations in the U.S., The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest system of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. For additional information, please visit http://www.theupsstore.com.

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