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FEDEX Protocol

(Or: How to increase the likelihood that your FEDEX packages
reach their intended destination in a timely fashion)

While this list seems pedantic, so far it only incorporates actual bad experiences of the Snyder group, the Stanford group, and the Rosetta group.

1. One week before, e-mail the intended recipient to check they will be in lab.

o Stanford:,
o Research Genetics:

2. Double check the address. Room number, street address and phone number are very important.

o Mark Macera, Research Genetics, 2130 S. Memorial Parkway,
Huntsville, AL 35801, (205) 533-4363.

o Jim Zhou, Yeast Genetic Stock Center, ATCC
10801 Universtiy Blvd., Manassas, VA 20110-2209, (703) 365-2761

o Grace Yen / Angela Chu, Stanford U. Biochemistry Dept , 300 Pasteur Drive, Beckman Center, B400, Stanford, CA 94304-5307, (650) 723-7310.

o Dr. Peter Koetter, EUROSCARF, Institute for Microbiology, Biozentrum N250, R. 106, Marie-Curie-Str. 9, D-60439 Frankfurt, Germany
Tel.+49 69 798 29529. FAX +49 69 798 29527.
Customs label: Yeast strains for scientific research only, samples without commercial value. Non radioactive, non biohazardous, non pathogenic.

3. Get diamond shaped 'DRY ICE' stickers from FedEx (call the FedEx office
and have them delivered to you). Put them on two sides of the box and
label the box as to the weight of dry ice that it contains, in kilograms. This is essential for all air shipments. Unmarked boxes have been stopped, without notification of the sender!

4. Packages containing dry ice and going abroad also require three copies of a shipping invoice listing the shipper, recipient, and describing the value and contents of the package.

5. Only FedEx on Mondays or Tuesdays. This way you'll have the rest of the week to deal with problems, should they arise.

6. Get the FedEx tracking number and e-mail it to the recipient the same
day. Remind recipient to e-mail you as soon as they get the package.

7. Call FedEx the next day to confirm delivery.

8. If you do not hear from the recipient by two days after sending, call them.