Raphael Pitches New UPS Luggage

The UPS Store is using their 125th Street (30 East 125th) location as a launching ground for a new program for shipping luggage. Charmaine Raphael, The UPS Store Manager, will be making an appearance on FOX Cable at 9:30am on Saturday July 3rd to help announce the program.

“Not having to carry a suitcase while traveling is a great convenience. Even better is luggage awaiting your arrival at a destination or hotel,” says Raphael. “You can ship your luggage as is; place it in a box for shipment, or purchase a luggage box, eliminating the need for a suitcase altogether.” With three luggage shipping alternatives, including a new luggage box that takes the place of a suitcase, UPS is aiming to help reduce hassles of long lines, security searches and increasing baggage fees.

When shipped UPS Ground service, the luggage box is competitively priced with the airlines’ baggage fees, especially when compared to the major airlines, many of which are charging well over $100 for comparable baggage. Additionally, members of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) can receive a 15 percent discount off the full retail price of The UPS Store eligible products and services and five percent off domestic U.S. UPS shipping costs.

The new luggage box comes as the AAA predicts an increase in summer travel this year.

“AAA’s Memorial Day forecast predicted a more than five percent increase in Americans traveling, a trend we expect to continue this summer,” said Heather Hunter, AAA spokesperson. “Additionally, our travel agents are reporting double-digit increases in the percentage of travelers making advanced bookings for tours and cruises as well as an increase in hotel bookings via AAA.com.”

The luggage box comes in two sizes, large and small; has a sturdy handle for easy carrying, and is made of recyclable corrugate. Because it weighs less than an empty suitcase, packing directly into the box can help lower shipping costs. Travelers also can include packaging tape and a return UPS shipping label for use when returning home.

“Luggage shipping picked up when the airlines began increasing fees for checked bags and carry-ons,” Raphael added.

Both luggage boxes meet airline baggage restrictions for travelers opting to fly with their belongings. The small box can be carried on and the large box can be checked in, minimizing the chance of paying airline oversize or overweight charges. The luggage boxes have been professionally tested. Travelers can visit The UPS Store website to view a luggage box information sheet with details about box dimensions, weight limitations and declared value.

Luggage solutions from The UPS Store also allow travelers to easily track shipments with UPS mobile apps for cell phones, PDAs or other web-enabled wireless devices or receive e-mail shipment notification.

Travelers can visit the online cost calculator to research the most economical shipping option. Planning ahead allows travelers to choose a less expensive shipping option like UPS Ground service. Additional information to consider when planning to ship luggage includes:

• The certified packing experts at The UPS Store also specialize in packing odd, oversized items, such as skis, golf clubs and fishing poles – items travelers would prefer to have waiting at their destination.
• Because of the duties and taxes associated with international shipments, The UPS Store does not recommend shipping luggage internationally.
• Federal Aviation Administration restrictions prohibit The UPS Store from shipping hazardous materials, including colognes and perfumes, aerosol sprays, nail polish and cigarette lighters via air.

In addition to domestic and international shipping, The UPS Store offers full-service packaging; online and digital printing; black-and-white and color copies; document finishing (binding, laminating, etc.); printing services (business cards, letterhead, rubber stamps, etc.); notary; custom crating and shipping for large items (furniture, artwork, motorcycles, etc.); mailbox and postal services; office and packaging supplies, and more.

The UPS Store is located at 30 East 125th Street between Madison and 5th Avenues and has convenient hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 – 4pm hours. For additional information, visit TheUPSSTORELOCAL.COM/6166 or call 212.722.8204.


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