Monday, January 6th, 2014 | Author: OWC Laura
UPDATE: UPS and Fed Ex are reporting that the majority of their delivery services will be back to normal operations today [Tuesday]. We at OWC anticipate all services to be back to normal cutoff times this evening.
Things here at OWC Headquarters in Woodstock, Ill. got a little chilly today. And by a little chilly we, of course, mean an arctic freeze. The weather outside is about -15°F at the time this is being written. (For our Celsius preferring friends that’s -25°C.) If you’ve never seen temperatures that cold, let me put it this way, the steam from your breath forms little ice crystals on your scarf and your eyeballs literally freeze open. There’s no place like home!
For those of us who live in the north, this kind of weather can mean many things: it’s time for a polar bear dip (brrrrrrrr) and maybe some ice fishing; hot chocolate and coffee sales are about to go through the roof; and no matter how many layers you’re wearing, your mom won’t think it’s enough (and it’s a fairly good bet that one foot outside will prove her right.) And perhaps our least favorite – the carriers are having a bad day as well. Planes ice over, roads turn into a scene from the winter levels of Mario Kart, and in some cases it’s deemed dangerous to spend the significant amount of time outside that is required to deliver packages.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Author: OWC Laura
We are down to five days left to receive deliveries in time for the big day and it is officially crunch time. As we covered last month, there’s a lot of information to take into account when shopping for the holidays.
But having five days left to receive deliveries means there’s still four days left to order! There’s still hope and we’re certainly still here to help. Our four big tips still ring true for stress-free online shopping; we just have to pay closer attention to the available shipping options. Here are our tips and the breakdown of still available options:
Tip #1: Aim for the Friday before as your absolute last date for receipt. –Monday, Dec. 23rd and Tuesday, Dec. 24th are a delivery days for most carriers so if for some reason your shipment is delayed; you have an extra couple days, just in case. Article Continues…
’Tis the season of giving. But not just giving gifts to loved ones. As we’re reminded on this #GivingTuesday, it’s also about giving to the less fortunate.
Leaders blaze trails and often inspire others with their actions. The great thing about the holidays is that there is no shortage of people stepping up to help those in need. There are so many tales of giving at this time of year that inspire both the givers and receivers. And the great thing about giving is that there are many things we can do that don’t cost a cent such as volunteering or even donating our household items or clothing that we aren’t using.
Other World Computing is participating in this season of giving as well. Two tall and deep boxes stand outside our human resources office to collect items for the Toys for Tots campaign. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s mission, which they choose to accept: collect new, unwrapped toys from October to December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The chaos of Black Friday seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. In fact, the mayhem starts so early, they should probably rename it Black Thursday-Friday.
But no matter how early you get in line for those time-release specials, there’s a chance that the supply is exhausted before the line is. And if you do get lucky and get what you want, your reward is another line just to check out. It’s quite a contrast to the calm and ease of doing your shopping online.
Avoid the mayhem. Shop Online with OWC.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 | Author: OWC Laura
The holidays are creeping ever closer, and we at OWC hope that everyone is ready for a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving! And while spending time with family and friends is a popular Thanksgiving tradition for most, there’s another tradition that many others like to partake in – waiting in long lines for Black Friday deals.
But there’s a much easier way to still get your shopping done early and get your packages in time without leaving the comfort of your home for the discomfort of a cold, hard sidewalk. By shopping online, you can avoid the craziness of maniacal Black Friday shoppers and if you start early enough, just about every retailer offers free or extremely discounted shipping options this time of year.
The emphasis is on starting early – but during the chaos of the holidays, who among us can truthfully say we’re batting 1.000 on that? With so much on our plates (other than turkey), it’s hard to make time to get ahead on shopping.