Here at Poly Graphics we craft some awesome fully personalized invitations and we like to get them to you as soon as possible. Most times it takes longer to ship them to you than it does for us to design and print them.
When we ship the invitations we always let our customers know their tracking number so that they can see the progress of their order.
If you want to know when a package shipped by the US Post Office, UPS, or FedEx is going to arrive, each shipper has an online tool.
Let’s look at them.
Before you start make sure that you have the zip codes for both the “from” and the “to” locations for your package.
USPS Post Office Package Shipping Time Tool
On the left side menu, click “Calculate a price”
You’ll be taken to http://postcalc.usps.gov/
Fill in the destination, then the From Zip code and To Zip Code
Select a service. I usually scroll down and pick “Package”
Enter a weight (1lb works)
Click on a blue bar for any service to see the delivery dates for a package shipped today, or the next day that the post office is open.
UPS Package Shipping Time Tool
Go to http://www.UPS.com
[you might have to select your country if you haven’t visited UPS.com in a while]
On the left side look for “Calculate Time & Cost”
Put in a package weight (1lb is good)
Enter your zip code
Enter the “to” or destination zip code
If shipping to someone’s house, select “residential”. UPS rates are lower for business addresses than for houses.
Look for the “Guaranteed By” date to see when your package will arrive
Federal Express (FedEx) Shipping Time Estimator
Go to http://www.fedex.com
[you may have to select your Country if you haven’t visited FedEx recently]
Under the Quick Access Menu on the left, select “Get Rates & Transit Times”
Enter your zip code in the “From Zip”
and the destination zip code in “To Zip”
Enter 1lb as the weight
use the drop down menu and select “Drop off at a FedEx location”
and select “Ship to a residence” if the package is going to someone’s house, not a business address.
Next FedEx wants the type of package that you are shipping and the value of the contents of your package. If you don’t know, just put in a guess or 8” x 8” x 8”
Get a map of delivery times from your location
UPS at http://www.ups.com/maps?loc=en_US&WT.svl=SubNav and
for FedEx at http://www.fedex.com/grd/maps/ShowMapEntry.do?cc=US&language=en
All three shippers break up the United States into 8 zones. The zone that your zip code is in is usually called Zone 1. The location the farthest away from you is Zone 8. UPS makes an exception for Hawaii and Alaska which get special codes (44 and 46).
For example, Poly Graphics is located in zip code 27502 which is in Apex, North Carolina on the east coast of the United States. South Carolina is Zone 8
If you want to see a zone chart for USPS go to http://postcalc.usps.com/ZoneCharts/Default.aspx
UPS will let you download a spreadsheet at http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/shipping/cost/zones/continental_us.html
P.S. This was written On April 20, 2012. This information was current and correct when written, but may not have any changes made to the websites since then. I did the best I could with what I saw on the day I wrote this.
P.P.S. This information applies to packages shipping within the United States only. Shipping a package globally is a whole different thing.
P.P.P.S. When you need personalized invitations or note cards quickly, Poly Graphics is a great place to get them. We will spoil you. Order some for your next celebration.
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