Free shipping, ID cards among factors to consider for Christmas shipping

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - David Welch knows something about sending off holiday gifts.

"This is our 24th Christmas," the owner of Wrap-It-Up said.

And each year he's met with a different industry challenge. This year it's catalog stores offering an increased amount of free shipping.

"Anytime you're up against free service it's very difficult to compete with that, but we do offer the ability to have things gift wrapped and combine different presents," Welch said.

The online purchases often come back through shipping stores. Most of the shipments we saw in two different stores were online purchase returns.

"There were some shoes my wife ordered on the Internet that didn't make the grade," Roy Muckelroy said.

Added security measures are something senders may notice. This week UPS began requiring customers to present a photo ID for verification. The measure began after explosives were found on an air carrier.

"Something that was coming from Yemen over into this country, so sometimes I think we may be over reacting just a tad," Welch said.

News you can use is knowing how to properly package fragiles.

"We have a proper size box with foam peanuts in it in the bottom to cushion it," Jodie Stone, the owner of The UPS Store, said. "You want not to skimp on the bubble wrap because the glass can be broken very easily. You want to over pack the peanuts because they will settle in transit."

Here in the U.S., Christmas day deliveries can be guaranteed generally right up to Christmas Eve day.

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