Delivery Madness: Are you ready for Prime time?

MThere are so many items to purchase on Amazon Prime day!any who deal with package management on a daily basis breathed a hefty sigh of relief in January. The holiday season had passed, which presumably meant it’d be another 12 months before another rush of that magnitude.

Well, hold on a minute. We know there are a few hidden holidays that impact the number of packages delivered but what about “self-created” holidays?

Prime Day is Prime Time

One wouldn’t think a self-created holiday would create such mayhem. Well, unless that holiday is all about packages. Introducing the third annual Amazon Prime Day, which absolutely fits that billing.

Delivery carriers and managers are advised to gear up for this one, which begins at 9 p.m. ET on July 10. Amazon hypes the event as a “one-day only global shopping event for Prime members.” It’s essentially an online version of Black Friday, and you better believe it makes an impact.

The e-Commerce giant launched its second ever Amazon Prime Day on July 12, 2016, and it resulted in the biggest sales day ever for the online retail giant, according to CNBC.

Amazon declined to disclose how many people signed up for Prime to participate in the sale, but U.S. orders rose by more than 50 percent compared to the first Prime Day a year earlier.

Package Concierge is the best way to organize all of your packages coming in from Amazon Prime day.Now that Prime Day is fairly established, it’s a reasonable expectation that the numbers will continue to rise. Last year, Package Concierge’s lockers experienced a 30-percent increase of package deliveries two days after Prime Day. Here’s hypothesizing that the increase will be even sharper this year. With Business Insider predicting Amazon could rake in $1 billion in 30 hours, we’re guessing our lockers will experience a 40- to 45-percent spike this time.

More Prime Opportunities than Ever

As Prime Day increases in popularity, other businesses are teaming up with the retail giant. Jet Blue, for instance, is offering 3,000 TrueBlue points (the airline’s equivalent to mileage points) for those who sign up for a yearly subscription to Amazon Prime ahead of Prime Day.

As July 10 approaches, several publications have created their own spin about the day. Tom’s Guide, for instance, put together a checklist of items to buy and avoid on Prime Day.  The guide claims it’s an excellent time to purchase Amazon devices at a discounted rate, including Kindle, Echo and Fire Tablets. But you might have a harder time finding discounts for Apple devices, laptops and HDTVs.

The Wirecutter published an article outlining what to expect and how to find the best deals. PCMag, meanwhile, composed a story outlining what you need to know for the holiday.

Translation: Amazon Prime Day has become a big deal. It can rival the holiday season with regard to volume of packages, and we can’t wait to see the numbers for 2017.

With that in mind, here’s a list of five items we believe will be hot on Prime Day:

  1. Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Just tap it and ask for music from Spotify, Pandora and other music services.
  2. Huawel Mate9 Smartphone: These tech-savvy devices typically retail for about $600.
  3. Everyday Essentials: Stock up on Prime Day or take advantage of Prime subscription services on all your everyday living needs.
  4. Sneakers: Prime Day isn’t solely about tech products. Shoe brands such as Adidas and New Balance are known to dish out the discounts as well.
  5. MacBook Pro: Even though Tom warned us there might not be many discounts on Apple products, according to Techradar, you might be able to save $100-$200 on one of these laptops.

And here’s another Prime Day Bonus for you: all of these items will fit in your Package Concierge® locker! Happy Shopping!

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The Hottest Packages for the Summer of 2014!

The season of lemonade, pool parties and heat waves has arrived! Even though the heat can be hard to beat, summer is a wonderful season because of its ability to bring people together. Neighbors, friends and family spend more time outside and are given the chance to mingle and enjoy the company of others on a sunny day. It’s also the time of year when the focus in people’s shipping needs shifts into fair-weather gear. Here are some popular packages sent out during summer months:

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Father’s Day Gifts– Every dad is one of a kind. And even though there are some typical presents to award the one in your life, such as sports memorabilia, work ties, or golf clubs, the best gifts always come from the heart.

Graduation Gifts– Whether its preschool or college, the early summer is rife with celebrations for those closing a chapter in their life. Grade level or school themed presents can be great, but the ones most often sent involve money.

Grilling Accessories– All great summer cookouts are centered on a grill. To make the most of the event, any good griller will be knee deep in accessories whether they’re to assist in the process or to ultimately be eaten.

Beachwear– This goes without saying that a popular group of summer items that are shipped about involve the beach. Sunglasses, towels, bathing suits and other fun surf stuff top the list.

Cooling Systems– If you live in a humid or temperate climate, you’ve likely run into the last minute buying of an air conditioner or a fan to help keep you cool during the summer heat.

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These noteworthy summer items are packaged up and shipped a lot during the hottest months of the year. Now that we’ve shifted into school vacation and sometimes work vacation mode, expect to see a lot of grads and dads out there grilling on the beach! 

 

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