Package tracking while you travel

Knowing your package is going to arrive but you won’t be home to receive it can be nerve-racking. Lucky for you, keeping tabs on your packages is what we do best at Slice, so you can get on with your life without worrying about your deliveries, even when you’re away! Here are some quick tips on how to making the most out of package tracking when you’re traveling.

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Tracking on the fly

Ever make a last-minute purchase online and find yourself praying that it’ll make it to you before you leave for your big trip? If you’re anything like us, you’ll check the package tracking website twenty times an hour. The Slice app will let you know what the estimated date is but you’ll also get a push notification when it gets close. Leave the worry behind and track with Slice.

Share the shipment

An unattended package at your doorstep can be an invitation to theft! Don’t leave your package out or it might just get swiped. If you’re going to be away when the delivery is made, have a neighbor or a friend pick up the package for you. You can use Slice’s share shipment feature, so they know when the package is going to arrive. They don’t even need the Slice app to monitor the package.

Don’t pack it, ship it!

Going on a long vacation and it’s too expensive to check additional luggage? Consider shipping a package to your hotel or wherever your staying. Its a great option for parents with a car seat that’s too big to haul onto the plane.  Most hotels will be happy to accept a package for you, just check with them before you send off your belongings.

Alternatively, you may have bought too much stuff that won’t fit in your luggage on the way back. Send all your extra goodies back via post and save the hassle of having to buy additional bags or pay extra luggage fees. Use the Slice barcode scanner and you don’t need to manually enter your tracking number.  Now, send yourself off on vacation and leave the tracking to us.

Getting Fitted Online

If you’re like us, you’re just a little too addicted to online shopping. No interminable lines, no rush, no hassle – just any item you could possibly want – reachable, at the touch of your fingertips. Order that gorgeous new dress through a deal-providing site (obviously), track the package through Slice, wait a few days, and voila! It is home and ready for its first outing. But what happens when the item you thought would work so perfectly actually doesn’t? Every once in a while an outlier will be too long, too tight, oversized, or a wrong fit all together. So what do you do? Get fitted online, of course! Read ahead for our tips on making the best of online clothing shopping:

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Start in the real world by actually getting off your couch and going to a store and letting a real human being take your measurements. You want to get the right size when you buy online, and a professional’s touch and expertise will ensure that your purchase will look just right. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of returns or use the ever-famous trial-and-error method (pro tip: make sure returns and exchanges are free so you don’t have to worry about budget disappointments if the fit isn’t right).

Check a website’s sizing charts. Did the medium you thought would fit actually turn out to be what you’d call an extra small? Every website is different, especially if the retailers you’re eyeing are international. Each clothing retailer has a specific sizing chart and some, like ASOS and Piperlime, have size guarantees so that if the item doesn’t fit, you can exchange it. Still, it’s a good idea to check the sizing chart before purchasing to ensure you get it right on the first try.

I know my measurements. Now, where to do the shopping? Look no further than our Fall Fashion and Online Shopping guides, which have tons of outlets and inspiration to get you going. You can thank me later.

Where do you love to shop the most? Share your favorite stores and fabulous new looks with us by Tweeting us @HelloSlice or dropping us a pic on Facebook – we’d love to see!

 

 

The Guide to Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day is being called the Black Friday of the summer – minus the lines! Haven’t heard of Prime day? Maximize your chances of getting a great deal, by taking a look at our Prime day guide.

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Prime day is one-day sale that takes place on July 15th on Amazon. The sales will cover electronics, movies, toys, video games and much more. Amazon has a huge selection of merchandise; we’re willing to bet that there is something for everyone. As the name suggest this event will be exclusive to Amazon Prime users. Prime is a Amazon service that provides users free shipping, access to Amazon music & video and other exclusives. There is an annual fee for this service but don’t let that stop you from reaping the rewards from Prime day.

Sign up for Amazon Prime

Want to participate in Prime day without having to pay the annual fee? you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime – sign up quickly for Amazon Prime here. You’ll get free 2 day shipping, not all items may apply, but you should be able to get most of your purchases by Friday. Now you’re all set to participate in the biggest online summer sale of the year, let’s see how you can get the best possible deals.

Fill out your wishlist

Start by adding items to your wishlist, this will be an easy way to monitor the items you’re interested in. We also recommend filling your wishlist with items you need, instead of your wants. This might be easier said than done, but take a minute to ask yourself “how much do I need this?” That will keep your priorities in line but remember there will be plenty of temptations. If you do have any buyer’s remorse, remember you have up to 30 days to return and get full refund from Amazon.

Where to look and when to shop

Prime day will start at 12am PST (3 am EST) and will end at 11:59 pm PST on the 15th. After you’ve double checked your wishlist for any great deals, you’ll want to check the Amazon front page for any flash sales. Be prepared for a mayhem of deals and there might be some sifting you need to do to find the golden deals. If you don’t have time for that, use sites like Slickdeals and Fatwallet to help you find those golden deals. Check these sites once in the morning, sometime around noon and again later in the day, to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Some deals might only be valuable for a short time or because of a limited stock, checking in frequently gives you the greatest chance of finding a stellar deal.

Deal sites will also help you keep your feelers out for competitive deals. Walmart has also announced they’ll be doing their own sale extravaganza on the same day – Target will be joining by having their Black Friday in July, this week. Other retailers are likely to follow suite, so keep in mind that the best deal might not be at Amazon. Be the smart shopper we know you to be and always double check for a better price.

Track with Slice

In anticipation of the big day, don’t forget to link your Amazon account in Slice. Slice will help you track all the madness, so you aren’t having to go back and forth through your Amazon account. Remember your Amazon linking is only available on the Slice mobile app, so be sure to download the app if you haven’t already!

Declare Your Independence from Stress this Fourth of July

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Nothing screams, “It’s Summer!” like the Fourth of July, but like a surreptitious firecracker, it tends to always catch us off-guard, and makes us a little anxious. I mean, who has their summer entertaining game completely on point yet?

You’re not alone, and always, your true-blue friends at Slice have put together a cheat sheet to make your holiday sparkle, whether you’re the planner or guest. Ready to declare your independence from a lackluster Fourth of July?

Get your outfit ready  Even if you don’t typically subscribe to the holiday dress-up craze, this is the one day to be a part of the pack. And, believe it or not, there are some not-so-terrible ways to show off your patriotic pride in red, white and blue:

Start here at Lulus. They have tons of apparel, from wedges to bags to dresses. Plus, new users get 10% off. How could you go wrong? Speaking of dresses, I’m definitely going to be rocking a maxi look. Comfy and cute? Yes, please

Bring (or put out) the right food (and/or drink) – Here at the Slice offices, we love to play with our food… especially when it comes to holidays. Well, luckily enough for you, your trusty blogger is always in charge of the activity, and I’m gifting you with my tried and true options.

As esoteric and snobby as I can be with my dinner parties, all that goes out the window for July 4th and I inevitably end up looking on the Food Network holiday page. You know you want to peek! Promise, it’ll be our little secret.

If you’re tasked with bringing dessert, the smarties at Babble have come up with the cutest cake for the day and the recipe is here. Easy and cheap, you’ll be hearing how creative you are throughout the party. And who doesn’t like a little praise?

Sick of drinking beer at every barbeque? Me too. Party planners, listen up. Tell your attendees to bring the beer and make your own festive cocktail (or five). Any of these options will be sure to get the party started.

Have the festivities ready – Though this one’s more for the host, if you’re merely going to a party, take note and ask what you can bring.

We all know The Fourth would be incomplete without the fireworks. If you’re in a major city, chances are there will be major shows all around, which is awesome. If not, either watch the NBC July 4th Spectacular at 8 PM, or use your own, if your state allows for it. Not sure if you’re allowed? This is all you need to know, courtesy of Gizmodo. For you lucky ones, get your pyrotechnics here.

In terms of decorations, go as nuts as you want. As with every other holiday, Party City is a great (and cheap) place to start. They have EVERYTHING you could ever think of.

Haven’t found the right food, drink, outfit or decoration after reading this? No worries – our Pinterest page is FULL of more ideas. And be sure to take lots and lots of pictures… we’d love to see all your patriotic fun! Shoot us a Tweet or Facebook to @Helloslice!

 

Guide to package tracking

There is nothing quite like receiving a package at your doorstep. We all get the Christmas morning excitement when our long-awaited delivery finally makes it to us. But before you can shout “Hallelujah!”, you’re probably getting a little obsessive-compulsive about checking the delivery status.

We’ve heard tons of stories of what shoppers do to stalk track their packages. Everything from refreshing the shipping page every ten minutes to creating detailed spreadsheets so they don’t lose sight of a single delivery. Whatever it is, we’re all guilty of being a tad overbearing as we wait not-so-patiently. Here are a few great ways Slice can help you track your packages, save you time and keep you from becoming an overbearing package tracker.

Automatic package tracking

As you might already be well aware, Slice can automatically track your packages from multiple carriers including UPS, Fedex, UPS, DHL, Ontrac, Lasership and more. By using your shipping emails, Slice can automatically add your tracking numbers and track your packages, so you don’t have to dig through your emails and meticulously refresh the tracking page.
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On the Slice mobile app, you can get updates via push notifications. Mac users can also get desktop notifications, and you can download Slice in the Chrome web store. You can easily access all the information you need about your package and delivery. This way you’re getting only the information you need when you need it.

Manually adding tracking numbers

Not all packages come with an email that gives the tracking number and shipment details. Mom’s care package is as important as anything that comes from Amazon (actually, maybe more important). Most delivery services provide a tracking number on the receipt, which you can manually enter into the Slice app.

 

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If you’re sending packages out or returning a package, you can use the Slice barcode scanner to quickly add your tracking number into your Slice account. When manually adding a tracking number, you’ll notice a scan button that will bring up a barcode scanner. Place the barcode of your package slip into the window and you’ll hear a snap when Slice picks up the tracking number. Works with most of the carriers we support, try it with your Fedex, UPS, USPS and DHL shipments.
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On the mobile app, use the + button in the bottom corner and you’ll see an option to manually enter your tracking number. You can also do the same on the Slice web app under the shipments tab. It’s also great for tracking numbers Slice might have missed, like tracking numbers sent from eBay sellers or anything else that might be flying under the radar.

 

Share a shipment

Part of the joy of buying a gift for someone is watching them open it. Although you might be miles or even oceans apart, it’s can be impossible to see their eyes light up or let them know to expect something without ruining the surprise. Sharing shipments lets you and your recipient build that anticipation together. What’s great about sharing the shipment is that they can know when the package is coming but they have no idea what’s inside.

 

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On the Slice iOS app, you can share a shipment by tapping on the 3 bubble icon of the shipment window. Select “share shipment,” then type in the recipient’s email. You will be given  the option to select a gift icon and leave a short message. On the Slice web app, you’ll find the share shipment link under the Shipments tab. The recipient doesn’t need to be using the Slice app to receive a shared shipment, they’ll get an email from Slice – downloading the Slice app couldn’t hurt, though.

 

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IFTTT Recipes

The more hardcore trackers might be left wanting more. Maybe you’re not ready to give up your spreadsheets or you’re aching for more features. Then you’ll be happy to know Slice is integrated with IFTTT (If this, then that) which allows almost infinite possibilities. You can start by using pre-made recipes or make your own.

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Recipes work by providing an if statement (if I receive a tracking number) and a then statement (then add delivery date to Google calendar). You can add them to your to-do list or have it send you a text message upon arrival. Slice and IFTTT allow you tons of flexibility and customization, so you can track your packages any way that suits you. Check out all Slice recipes!