With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, it is crucial to ensure your customers get their orders on time. Although it may happen more often than we like to admit, there is nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to ship out a gift and having to face the task of ensuring the order makes it to its destination in time. To keep your holidays bright and to relieve some of the stress, we have put together a quick summary of the shipping cut-off dates for some of the major carriers. You will find it extremely helpful to stay on top of current cut-off dates for all carriers you plan to use. Below you can find the 2016 holiday shipping dates and news.
With eCommerce making a rapid increase, it’s important to stay on top of the new deadlines this Holiday Season. The UPS year-end holiday schedule starts in November and makes its way to the end of December. You can download and print the schedule from the site to ensure easy access. Here is a summary for the most frequently used UPS services.
|UPS Ground||Contact UPS||Dependent on origin and destination|
|UPS 3 Day Select||December 19th||US Domestic shipments only|
|UPS 2nd Day Air||December 21st||US Domestic shipments only, some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii|
|UPS Next Day Air||December 22nd||US Domestic shipments only, some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii|
* Between Nov. 21st 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 is anticipating a record-breaking peak holiday shipping season this year, and has gone as far as hiring an additional 500 employees to cover the rush. They have advised that you take note of Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, which makes losing track of shipping deadlines even more detrimental. Luckily, they offer FedEx SameDay which is available every day of the year. FedEx also offers 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. 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.
|FedEx Home Delivery & FedEx Ground||Contact FedEx||US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico|
|FedEx First Overnight||December 23rd||US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico|
|FedEx 2 Day||December 23rd||US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico|
|FedEx Priority Overnight||December 23rd||US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico|
|FedEx SameDay||December 25th||US Domestic shipments only, excludes Puerto Rico|
Although USPS encourages holiday shoppers to ship as early as possible, they have gone ahead and provided a list of shipping deadlines just in case you are faced with last minute shopping. They have provided the mail-by-dates for all their domestic and international services. Below you will find a quick summary of some of their services.
|Standard Post||December 15th||US Domestic shipments only|
|First Class Mail||December 20th||US Domestic shipments only|
|Priority Mail||December 21st||US Domestic shipments only|
|Priority Mail Express||December 23rd||US Domestic shipments only|
As we hope you find this helpful to your holiday shipping, our summaries should only serve as an outline for you shipping management this season. We have provided information for some of the major carriers, but you should keep up to date with restrictions and options from other carrier you wish to use as well. You can find helpful information by visiting the carrier’s website or you can contact your carrier representative with specific questions.