Shipping During the Holiday Season

Author: Ashley Overton  |  October 7, 2015

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As the holiday season is coming near, shipping becomes more of a priority for merchants and their customers. With the craze of holiday shopping comes the stress of meeting shipping deadlines. Changes to holiday shipping calendars have been made for this year’s holiday season, so it will be extremely helpful to stay on top of current cut-off dates for all carriers you plan to use. Below you can find the 2015 holiday shipping dates and news.

UPS

Changes around time in transit have been put in place to this year’s UPS Holiday schedule. It is important to stay updated on these new deadlines to ensure that you are receiving accurate time in transit responses and are shipping in a timely manner. Ship by dates have been posted by UPS, here is a summery of some upcoming cut off dates.

Service Ship By Notes
UPS Ground Contact UPS Dependent on origin and destination
UPS 3 Day Select December 18th US Domestic shipments only
UPS 2nd Day Air December 22st US Domestic shipments only, some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii
UPS Next Day Air December 23rd US Domestic shipments only, some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii

* Between Nov. 23 and Dec 30th, a limited number of UPS Ground and UPS Standard packages that have transit times of three or more days and specific origins and destinations will require an additional day in transit. Contact UPS for more information.

FedEx

FedEx offeres a Get Rates and Transit Times application to their customers so they can easily find the FedEx delivery option that will get their shipment to its destination in time. You should also note that FedEx SameDay is available every day of the year for your most urgent shipments. But, if you are looking to avoid the rush, we have listed the last days to ship your packages so they arrive on or before December 25th below.

Service Ship By Notes
FedEx Home Delivery & FedEx Ground December 16th US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico
FedEx Express Saver December 21st US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico
FedEx 2 Day December 22nd US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico
FedEx Standard Overnight December 23rd US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico
FedEx SameDay December 25th US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico

USPS

USPS encourages holiday shoppers to ship early, but we all know that that is easier said than done. So, the Postal Service also helps its customers with last minute shipping by providing the mail-by dates that will get your shipment where it needs to be by December 25th.

Service Ship By Notes
Standard Post December 15th US Domestic shipments only
First Class Mail December 19th US Domestic shipments only
Priority Mail December 21st US Domestic shipments only
Priority Mail Express December 23rd US Domestic shipments only

Although we have provided cut off dates for some of the major carriers, it is also important to keep up to date with restrictions and options from other carriers you wish to use by visiting their website or speaking with your carrier representative for more information.