A lot of this information is written in the light of Amazon.com shopping, but equally applies to other vendors.
Amazon has "prime", and I suggest you sign up. It provides free air delivery, and will pay for itself in your first order or two.
When you open an Amazon account, they will have you fill in your Name, Addres, City etc.
Things like that confuse the computer, and may delay the delivery of your parcel.
So what to do?
You can have our package sent to General Delivery -or- 113 W Front, Provided you let us know ahead of time so we can have you in the cross-reference database.
You may have good luck with a street address. If so, here are some guidelines:
Here is a proper UPS address:
1706 E 8TH #102
Nome, Alaska 99762
Here are some examples:
1706C E 5th
Nome, AK 99762
Jane Q. Smith [Middle Initial]
1706 EAST 5TH Avenue [EAST, Avenue redundant]
Jane Q. Hyder-Smith [Dual Last Name, Middle Init]
1706 E 5th and K UNIT C [UNIT, two streets]
Loooooooong names and addresses:
Jane Queenie Hyder-Smith c/o Phillip K. Dunderhead
Green House across street from Old Youth Facility
What can I say? The name gets cut at character 18, rest is lost.
The Address? What address? This is a description. Please find out where you live and put that in.
If you use 113 W Front, disguise your po box number in there in case they
send it USPS/Mail:
113 W Front #12345
113 W Front # 12345
Sometimes the same works for General Delivery:
General Delivery #12345
Why? If it comes by mail, the Nome Post Office knows where to notify you.
If you move, it really helps if you let me know. Why? Amazon may not have your new address. Or packages already on the way. To the OLD address.
This also applies, even more so, if you use a PO Box, General Delivery or 113 W Front. Don't forget!
We really want to get the package over to you!
If you contact me, always use text. On your first time or two, it helps if you give me your NAME so I can put you in my phone's contact list.
Here is a typical text:
"Hi, my name is Jane Smith, at 1706C E 5TH. I am expecting some UPS packages 1Z1234560212345678 and 1Z6543210398765432."
Or something like that.
My drivers and I really like and enjoy this job. It gives us pleasure to deliver your package the same day we got it! It brings a smile to you, and to us as well.
Myself, and often some of the drivers and loaders are at the Polar Cafe every weekday noon hour. We take outgoing packages, and often hand out packages for out-of-town addresess, like Dexter, west beach, etc. Come by and have a cup of coffee on me.
The Polar Cafe people are not UPS, so please don't drop off packages unless we are there to receive it. Bad things could happen to it. Noon hour is 12 - 1, but most days you will still find us there until 1:30. A quick peek or text message ...
I have found UPS to be a wonderful company that cares. Their HQ staff in Louisville is wonderful and helpful. Lost packages, change of address (even moved out of state), reroutings etc. are handled professionally. Within Nome, I am the Man. But for beyond Nome, the HQ is best. 1-800-PICK-UPS
I was born 1945, been in Nome since 1965, and doing UPS since 1997, 25
I love it here!