Packaging expert Karen Proctor, associate professor and chair of packaging science at Rochester Institute of Technology, offers the following tips for preparing, sending and personally delivering holiday cards and gifts.
Since America’s airports are operating under new "business as usual" practices, Proctor says travelers taking Christmas gifts to out-of-state relatives should heed these precautions:
These precautions will help minimize delays at airport security checkpoints and during random boarding checks, as well as safeguard your packages.
Proctor advises those who plan on mailing cards and gifts that they clearly mark all envelopes and packages with easily identifiable return addresses.
Businesses that send holiday cards or gifts should consider the use of "windowed" envelopes that allow recipients to see inside. Also, they should attach shipping orders to the outsides of all packages. Additionally, cards and letters from businesses should not be disguised to look like personal mail, a common direct-marketing practice before Sept. 11.
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