Although FedEx can deliver packages on Saturdays and Sundays, schedules, fees and timings vary depending on what service you use.

As an eCommerce business owner, you probably receive a lot of demands from your customers. Particularly, around the type of shipping and delivery experience they want from you.

To them, the ‘dream’ is shipping that’s convenient, speedy, affordable and dependable. Oh, and available 7 days a week on top of everything else.

You can thank the likes of Amazon and Walmart for influencing this expectation with their next-day and one-day shipping options. However, unlike these companies, most online sellers don’t have in-house delivery services available at their fingertips and don’t have the cash on hand to build out their own networks.

Yes, it’s true you could still do it with your own delivery truck, staff and processes, at least locally. But for many, offering Saturday and Sunday delivery efficiently means outsourcing this service via a courier company. 

FedEx is one of the most commonly used services available for weekend delivery.

As of January 2020, online sellers can now offer delivery to residential customers every day of the week via FedEx Ground service. And yes, this includes Sundays, which were previously reserved only for the peak holiday shopping season.  

So how do you know if FedEx is the right weekend delivery provider for your business? And what FedEx service to use, since schedules, fees and timings vary? That’s where this blog post will help. 

We’ll break down all the different FedEx services that offer weekend delivery so you have an easier time comparing everything that’s available to you. 

Why Should I use FedEx for Weekend Delivery?

FedEx is one of the biggest couriers in the world, with its weekend delivery service covering a majority of the continental U.S. Their Sunday service (via FedEx Home Delivery) specifically reaches over 7,700 cities and towns across the country and has no additional fees attached to it. With weekend delivery, your customers also no longer have to wait until Monday to receive their package, which also means you can maximize inventory turnover. 

Breakdown of FedEx Carrier Services that Offer Weekend Delivery 

FedEx offers weekend delivery, but the schedule and costs differ depending on what courier service you use. Here’s an overview of each of these services.

FedEx Home Delivery®

FedEx Home Delivery® delivers packages every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday, for most residential customers in the U.S. This service now comes standard for merchants who use FedEx Home Delivery® for residential shipments. It is also frequently faster than other services, with some shipments delivering 1-2 days sooner. FedEx is also available to pick up packages on Saturday and Sunday if you qualify as an eligible shipper. 

For more information, visit: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/7-day-delivery.html

Delivery Time1-5 business days within the contiguous U.S.; 3-7 business days to and from Alaska and Hawaii
Service DaysMonday-Sunday between 9 a.m and 8 p.m. at no additional cost
Delivery AreaAvailable in all 50 U.S. states
Package size & weightUp to 150 lbs., 108” in length, 165” in length plus girth (L+2W+2H)
RestrictionsCannot deliver to P.O. boxes. No hazardous materials delivery, except ORM-D and Limited Quantity

Additional FedEx Home Delivery services include:

  • Date Certain Home Delivery® – Delivers packages to residential addresses Monday-Saturday, excluding holidays. The selected date cannot be before the standard delivery date and must be within 14 days from the pickup date. 
  • Evening Home Delivery® This is a great option if a recipient is not available during the day and wants a package between 5 and 9 p.m. on the scheduled day.
  • Appointment Home Delivery® – Service is ideal for anyone who wants to arrange delivery on a specific date and by a scheduled time.

FedEx Overnight Shipping

By using Overnight Shipping services from FedEx, packages are delivered Monday through Friday with Saturday delivery available in many areas at an additional charge. This overnight service is used primarily for customers that need something to arrive to them by the next business day. 

Delivery TimeNext day delivery with times varying depending on what service you use (see below for details)
Service DaysMonday-Friday, with Saturday pickup available at an additional cost
Delivery AreaAvailable in all 50 U.S. states
Package size & weightUp to 150 lbs., 119” in length, 165” in length plus girth (L+2W+2H)
RestrictionsDeliveries to and from select zip codes in Alaska and Hawaii may differ from stated delivery times in the contiguous U.S. 

FedEx Overnight shipping delivery times:

  • FedEx First Overnight®: Next business day delivery by 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. in most areas. Extended areas, depending on their destination zip code, will receive delivery by 10:00 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. 
  • FedEx Priority Overnight®: Next business day delivery by 10:30 a.m. to most U.S. addresses. Rural or remote areas get delivery by noon, 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. Saturday delivery occurs by noon, 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight®: Next business day delivery by 3 p.m. to most U.S addresses. Rural areas by 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m to residences. 

FedEx 2Day® Delivery

FedEx 2Day® services deliver packages Monday through Friday with Saturday pickup available in many areas at an additional charge. This service provides nationwide delivery in 2 or 3 days with a money-back guarantee to customers.

Delivery TimeSecond-business-day delivery with times varying depending on what service you use (see below for details)
Service DaysMonday-Friday, with Saturday pickup available at an additional cost
Delivery AreaAvailable in all 50 U.S. states; FedEx 2Day A.M. is not available in Hawaii; FedEx Express Saver is not available in Alaska and Hawaii
Package size & weightUp to 150 lbs., 119” in length, 165” in length plus girth (L+2W+2H)
RestrictionsDeliveries to and from select zip codes in Alaska and Hawaii may differ from stated delivery times in the contiguous U.S. 

FedEx 2Day shipping delivery times:

  • 2Day® A.M.: Second business day delivery by 10:30 a.m. in most U.S. addresses. Rural areas receive delivery by noon.
  • 2Day®: Two day delivery in most areas by 4:30 p.m. and by 8:00 p.m. to residences.
  • Express Saver®: Delivery to businesses by 4:30 p.m. and to residences by 8:00 p.m. in 3 business days. 

FedEx SameDay® City

With FedEx SameDay® City services, packages are delivered across town or across the country within hours of pickup, including Saturday and Sunday.

Delivery TimeSame-day delivery within hours of pickup, depending on distance
Service DaysMonday to Sunday. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; FedEx SameDay City Standard and FedEx SameDay City Economy has reduced service days (see below for more information)
Delivery AreaAvailable within select U.S. metro areas and zip codes in each market

FedEx SameDay® shipping delivery times:

  • FedEx SameDay City Direct: Direct delivery is available with no additional service-related stops. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • FedEx SameDay City Priority: Packages arrive within hours of pickup, depending on the distance. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • FedEx SameDay City Standard: Service is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Packages arrive within 4 hours of pickup for deliveries within 45 miles.
  • FedEx SameDay City Economy: Service is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for businesses and until 8:00 p.m. for residences. 

FedEx SmartPost®

Through FedEx SmartPost® services, packages are delivered to customers Monday through Saturday, with weekend delivery having no surcharge attached to it. This is a cost-efficient delivery option for low-weight residential shipments. Costs are lower because USPS provides the last leg of delivery directly to a customer’s door.

Delivery Time2-7 business days, depending on distance; longer if outside the contiguous 48 states
Service DaysMonday to Saturday
Delivery Area100% U.S. coverage, including Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and all US territories. Delivery to P.O. Boxes, military APO, FPO and DPO destinations are also covered. 
Package size & weightUp to 70 lbs., 130” in length, 165” in length plus girth 
RestrictionsPackages originating outside the contiguous US are not picked up; Collect on delivery, money-back guarantee, declared value, signature proof of delivery, evening or appointment delivery and hazardous materials service is not available via FedEx SmartPost 
FormsCN 22 clearance declaration form is required by USPS to shipments to Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, US territories and military APO, FPO and DPO destinations 

FedEx Hold at Location

While not a residential delivery service, FedEx Hold at Location allows your customers to pick up packages at a time, date and place that works for them. Through alternate pickup options like this, your customers can collect their packages on the weekends if it fits their schedule best. 

On top of this convenience, this service doesn’t cost you a penny which means you can save money on shipping. Since FedEx Hold at Location counts as a commercial delivery, it’s cheaper than residential delivery because you don’t have to pay expensive last-mile fees (which can add up quickly).

Delivery Time1-5 business days, depending on distance (if using a Hold at FedEx Location with FedEx Ground shipping); longer if outside the contiguous 48 states
Service DaysMonday through Friday using ground shipping; Saturday delivery available via express services 
Delivery AreaPickup available via 14,000+ retail locations, including local grocery stores and pharmacies 
RestrictionsPackages must be picked up within 5 business days from delivery

FedEx Hold at Location is also available with weekend delivery using following express shipping services:

  • Priority Overnight® – Pickup by 9 or 9:30 a.m. the next business day  (Monday-Friday) with Saturday delivery also available. 
  • Standard Overnight® – Pickup by noon the next business day (Monday-Friday) with Saturday delivery available. 
  • 2Day® A.M. – Pickup by 0 or 9:30 a.m. on the scheduled day of delivery (Monday-Friday) with Saturday delivery available. 
  • 2Day® – Pickup by noon on the scheduled day of delivery (Monday-Friday) with Saturday delivery available. 

How much does FedEx Saturday Delivery Cost?

The services that charge for Saturday delivery are FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight® and FedEx 2Day®. All of these services charge a flat fee of $16 per package. 

Additional delivery methods such as FedEx SameDay City, FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Home Delivery charge by a per-pound rate basis. The amount you get invoiced also depends on which service level you use (priority, standard, etc). 

For up-to-date information on shipping rates, check out this guide to FedEx Standard list rates for 2020. 

How do I offer 7-day delivery with FedEx?

We’ve gone over six key FedEx services that offer weekend delivery for small package shipments. Now what? 

Well, it’s up to you to decide which FedEx options fit your business requirements and the type of customer experience you want to deliver. It’s okay if more specialized services like same-day delivery or alternate pick up don’t make sense for you operationally or because of what you sell. Even offering just one service that provides weekend delivery can improve your conversions.

Once you’ve narrowed down which services you want to provide, you will also need to decide when you actually want to offer these options at checkout. 

From a user experience perspective, showing too many delivery options (especially ones using the same courier name) can be confusing. At the end of the day, your customer probably doesn’t know the difference and just wants to see personalized options. Then they can decide what works based on how much you charge for shipping and the day or time delivery happens.

This checkout customization piece is what shipping software like ShipperHQ is built for. 

How ShipperHQ and FedEx work together

ShipperHQ is the only checkout-focused solution in the world that can help you offer 7-day delivery via all the services listed above.

And on top of this, ShipperHQ takes into account your unique business operations, such as cut-off times, blackout production and dispatch dates and lead times, when offering up delivery date information at checkout. 

In ShipperHQ, you can also configure shipping rules for various checkout scenarios you receive. You can take into account where your customer is located, what they are buying, where your products are being shipped out of, plus the quantity, price or weight of a product. Through greater customization, you can craft a shipping strategy that actually aligns with real-world requirements and your individual business goals. 

Once you have a FedEx account and have chosen which services you want to provide, all you have to do is input these FedEx credentials into ShipperHQ to get connected. That’s how easy it can be to offer weekend delivery at checkout.

Whether or not you choose to work with software like ShipperHQ, the most important thing to remember here is that your customer’s expectations are only becoming more demanding. They want a checkout experience tailored to their needs and one that mirrors what your competitors and other big brands are doing, including Saturday and Sunday delivery. 

Want to offer 7-day delivery via FedEx? Reach out to our team and we can discuss all your options.