you guys can make a UPS account on the website, and for any shipment that requires signature you can opt to release it, authorizing driver to leave at the door. or you can hand-write a note and leave some milk and cookies, same result. and you can have FedEx do same or hold at nearest fedex store ...
Yeah UPS mychoice is pretty helpful. Fedex is the biggest joke in history. I've gotten multiple packages that were supposed to be delivered Friday but turned into delivery exceptions the moment the clock hit 5 (house was near end of route). The rate was probably 15-20%, and we got Fedex packages pretty regularly. When contacting CS, they'd come up with all types of excuses but no way you can't find the address that many times. Best was when driver said address didn't exist. Driver's don't really get in trouble if it's a ground delivery so no incentive to work. Almost always do ship to store now, so you know it'll arrive day of vs risking some lazy ass ending his day early.
I've seen plenty of CPs and GATs in Boston, without really looking for them or paying attention either.
My university straddles "artsy" and "depressed" subsets of Boston, so unless I'm going to the Pru (which I really don't get to do more than a few times a semester) then it's very unlikely I'll see anyone dressed in expensive clothes (save, of course, for other students who might happen to wear the occasional upscale versions of J. Crew-type stuff).