Valentine’s Day 2019 is upon us, the busiest of times for lovestruck shippers every year. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), spending on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2019 is projected to grow 6 percent over last year to a record-breaking $20.7 billion.
That’s a whole lot of love to spread around. But how do you get your precious cargo to its intended destination in time for the special day?
Here are some of the ways you can send Valentine’s gifts locally, domestically, and internationally that may just give Cupid’s arrow a run for its money.
You still need to ship that last-minute gift you bought for your loved one. Is it possible to get your package delivered in time?
For the fastest Valentine’s delivery, you can rely on UPS Express Critical® door-to-door service. Your gifts will be delivered by the end of February 14th to ensure you put a smile on someone’s face before the end of the day.
If you have a bit more time to spare, UPS Next Day Air® shipping offers a reliable next-day delivery service, which means you can ship your gift on February 13th and it will still arrive in time for Valentine’s Day.
There’s nothing that quite communicates affection more than flowers. Whether it’s for mom, grandmother, or a significant other, who doesn’t love a bouquet of freshly-cut flowers, bursting with color, this Valentine’s Day?
Transporting flowers from the farm to your loved one is no small feat. Freshly-cut flowers move from our temperature-controlled facilities in countries such as Colombia and Ecuador to our cutting-edge operations at Miami International Airport before reaching your loved one’s doorstep. Flowers have a shorter lifespan if they’re left in transit, so speed is of the essence. Consider UPS Express® Delivery for next-day delivery options, which provides online tracking for ultimate peace of mind.
Frank Diaz, UPS Air Cargo Marketing Manager Miami, says that keeping up with Cupid’s arrow when transporting flowers is top of mind for everyone at UPS. Preparations for flower shipments around Valentine’s Day start as early as August, he says. “We want to move as quickly as possible, always preserving the flowers at the precise temperature they need to be for them to arrive in good quality for our customers.”
Sweethearts with a sweet tooth will spend about $1.8 billion on candy this Valentine’s season, according to NRF figures. But what about shipping all that edible goodness? How to make sure your confection arrives not only in time but in pristine condition?
While the prospect of shipping hard candy may seem relatively straightforward, baked goods and chocolates present a stickier proposition. You’ll want to wrap your cookies in plastic to create an airtight seal. If you’re shipping cupcakes, use a candy stick to keep their decorations looking gorgeous. Chocolates will probably need to be shipped with a coolant, if you’re shipping to someplace warm. Learn more about how to ship food so it stays fresh.
And for help on getting your sugary shipment from point A to point B on time, check out our estimated delivery times and get a shipping quote.
Another thing to remember when shipping this Valentine’s Day is the value of the items you are sending. If you are shipping high-value goods like jewelry, consider insuring your package. These items have material value, so why not give yourself peace of mind once your shipment leaves your possession?
Find out more about insuring your higher-value packages when shipping with UPS.
Finally, don’t forget The UPS Store®, a handy resource for getting your shipment to its final destination securely and with maximum convenience. The UPS Store® expert staff can help with sending and packing, which can be particularly reassuring for fragile or unusually-shaped items. Find The UPS Store® location nearest to you and let them take care of packaging your gifts safely.
Valentine’s Day is a chance to show how much our loved ones mean to us. Whatever you are shipping this February, give hard-working Cupid a break and take advantage of our delivery options.
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