A friendly PSA to all you consultants out there - don't trust FedEx or UPS's "guaranteed" delivery times. We recently had to turn away 3 proposals that arrived via FedEx about an hour past the RFP acceptance deadline even though the packages were "guaranteed" to arrive on time. Our local procurement laws do not allow us to accept late packages (esp. when the majority arrived before the deadline) no matter what the cause of delay. FedEx accepted the blame and refunded the senders their costs but it doesn't make up for the lost chance. Frustrating for us because we wanted as many proposals as possible and frustrating for the consultant because they just lost out on the possibility of a $350k contract.