Just a Reminder That FedEx Doesn't Give a Crap About Your Packages

It can be FedEx. It can be UPS. It can be any shipping service, really. They all promise to get your packages to where you want them to go but there's no guarantee they'll treat your packages with any sort of tender, love or care. Most likely, they'll be thrown around, banged around and destroyed in the process. Just… » 7/26/13 9:13pm 7/26/13 9:13pm

Watch a Package's Entire Shipping Journey from the Package's Point of…

Few things are more fun in life than tracking shipments and then seeing how it'll eventually reach your front door. But what happens in the in between process? This video shows you what happens when you send something by mail. The drop off locations, the sorting facilities, the delivery process and everything in… » 4/03/13 10:30pm 4/03/13 10:30pm

Amazon's Shipping Lockers Are Live in NYC

Live in NYC? Hate waiting for your Amazon packages to arrive at your doorstep, or even worse, missing the delivery? Start using Amazon Locker, which routes your shipment to a nearby, publicly-accessible locale. » 11/03/11 3:53pm 11/03/11 3:53pm

Amazon and 7-Eleven Want You to Pick Up Your Packages Whenever You…

We hate waiting for things. Whether that be cable guys or package deliveries, it's tedious and annoying. But Amazon and 7-Eleven are now teaming up to address this problem (for packages at least) in the form of a parcel locker. » 9/06/11 7:20pm 9/06/11 7:20pm

Only 600 of Amazon's Millions of Products Come in "Frustration-Free…

We're no stranger to the excessive packaging online retailers often use when shipping products out, but the NY Times' article on how Amazon, Philips and others are improving their ways is a reassuring read—kind of. [NY Times] » 9/08/10 7:00am 9/08/10 7:00am

Call for Ridiculous Packaging Photos for Hall of Shame

We've covered » 11/19/08 4:20pm 11/19/08 4:20pm before, but since you guys keep examples of companies supplying you with gizmos in ridiculously voluminous packaging, we're building a new Hall of Shame to give these things a home, and embarrass the perpetrators.Oh, and in the spirit of Amazon's "," and the vicious gash I got in my hand last week when…

Sony, Microsoft, and Best Buy Join in the Fight Against Tough…

Electronics manufacturers are finally coming together for a cause I think we can all support: getting rid of the impossible-to-open, finger-slicing, dangerous-sharp-tool-requiring plastic prisons for our gadgets known as the clamshell package. Amazon started the struggle » 11/15/08 2:15pm 11/15/08 2:15pm, and Sony, Microsoft, and Best Buy are jumping…

The Plastic Surgeon Opens Plastic Blister Packs, Saves Fingers

Plastic clamshell openers like the OpenX have been around for a while, but despite all that development and marketing, they still lose out in pure usefulness to box cutters or even a pair of scissors. The Plastic Surgeon, on the other hand, looks like it has all the functionality of a box cutter but without all the… » 12/05/07 3:00pm 12/05/07 3:00pm

The Best Way to Track Your Packages

I showed this to Pash over at Lifehacker before, but I thought I'd share this with you all as well. If you order a lot of stuff (and you should, since you read Giz), you'll love this Delivery Status package tracker for Apple's Dashboard. Hands down the best package tracker we've seen on any platform, including Yahoo,… » 6/06/07 4:20pm 6/06/07 4:20pm

iSlice Opens Packages Like Scissors, Box Cutters

Similar to the OpenX package cutters—which don't actually work very well at all—the iSlice is supposed to make opening blister packs and shrink-wrap much easier than with regular scissors. It's true that CDs, DVDs and all the blister-pack packaging are a bitch to open, but we've usually had decent luck with just a… » 4/04/07 9:10pm 4/04/07 9:10pm