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With Christmas season in full swing I feel like we are waiting on packages at least twice a week lately. I don’t know about you, but one thing I hate (and I do mean hate) is waiting for a package just to leave for a few minutes and come home to the dreaded hang tag on the door.
UPS has come up with an awesome solution!
UPS is committed to making the shipping experience better – not just for shippers, but for the consumers who receive packages at their home as well. They recently launched a first-of-its kind, service for residential receivers called UPS My Choice. Users can get alerts a day in advance when packages are coming by email or text. You can even reschedule or sign for a package online!
Their goal is to avoid the disappointment and hassle of missing a home delivery and increase the likelihood of a successful delivery on the first attempt. You can make changes, see time frames, and even request specific time frames for delivery online or with a mobile phone.
There are two levels of membership:
UPS My Choice members (FREE) receive phone, e-mail or text alerts notifying you a day in advance of when packages will arrive and providing a four-hour approximate delivery time frame. You can also opt to electronically authorize the release of packages that require a signature and, for a $5 transaction fee, to reroute a package to another delivery address or have it delivered to the nearest The UPS Store location.
UPS My Choice Premium Membership, is a $40 annual subscription, but it provides all the benefits of a regular UPS My Choice membership at no additional cost and in addition, members gain access to an online delivery calendar that shows the status of UPS home deliveries. Premium members also are offered a two-hour delivery window. A $5 transaction fee is charged only upon successful delivery of the package within the two-hour commitment.
As a Premium member, you can even provide their UPS driver with detailed instructions on where to leave a package. They just select from a drop-down list of location options like — leave it at the Side Door…the Garage…on the Porch…in the Management Office of my apartment complex or the Shed out back! This would be a great feature to have if you go out of town and you don’t want your UPS package to just sit at the front door.
I signed up earlier this week for UPS Choice and have found it very fun to get a text message a day before delivery. If anything don’t try to surprise me with a package, cause I’m gonna know who it’s from before it even gets here!! If only they could tell me what’s in the box too…
You have no reason to not start using the free version, just be warned it going to make you feel like a little kid waiting for the mail to come again!
I received compensation from UPS in the form of a gift card to participate in this review of the UPS My Choice delivery service.
In addition, UPS provided the gift card I am using as the prize.