Shipping experts have A message for consumers heading into the holiday season: Don’t wait for your packages to be mailed.
“From a sheer volume perspective, we’re looking forward to a record-breaking holiday season,” says Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express of America. Typically, peak shipping takes place from Black Friday to Christmas Eve, but according to Mercury, “we’ll call the peak season from June of this year.”
The COVID-19 epidemic means that people around the world have lived at home and Online shopping in greater numbers. To meet demand, shipping companies have added workers, exploring new automation and expanded facilities and hours.
“You have a network that is doing its best for record-level volume,” Greg Zirgus, executive vice president and president of Global E-Commerce, Pitney Bowes, a firm that provides shipping equipment and services. Companies recently in Pitney Bowes’ and Morning Consulting BOXpoll, with 63% of those polled being able to maintain customer confidence, said they believed retailers would follow delivery dates Huh.
However, carriers can only deliver packages on time if they are shipped on time. Avoid heartbreak on Christmas morning by knowing your shipping options and getting the item in the mail.
Shipping Deadline for Major Carriers
Consumers who need to mail holiday packages can choose from several shipping companies. In most cases, both standard and prompt delivery services are available.
“Procrastination is going to be expensive,” said retail and consumer products Natalie Kotlar of financial firm BDO USA. Expect many carriers to pay at least three times for faster service. In addition, there is also a possibility that early services may also be delayed. “The volume of the mail (of course) is going to affect everyone,” Kotler says.
Despite competition from shipping companies, the United States Postal Service package remains a popular choice for delivery. According to the 2020 Postal Facts Companion, in 2019 it delivered 6.2 billion packages. “The post office is a very reliable and reliable (shipping) partner,” Zergus says.
To ensure the package until Christmas, USPS Recommendation Mailing by the following dates, depending on the service used:
- USPS Retail Ground Service: 15 December.
- First Class Mail Service: 18 December.
- Priority Mail Service: 19 December.
- Priority Mail Express Service: 23 December.
If you are shipping from contiguous states to Alaska, first class mail must be sent by December 18, priority mail by December 19 and priority mail express by December 21. Packages from Hawaii must be mailed by 15 December. First class and priority mail services, while Priority Mail Express can be sent late for December 21 until Christmas delivery.
While Priority Mail Express gives consumers extra days to receive gifts in the mail, it comes at a cost. Retail ground service starts at $ 7.50, but Priority Mail Express Has a starting rate of $ 26.35.
Delivery company FedEx offers more than a dozen shipping options, which can take up to seven days to arrive within the United States from ground delivery that is available in all 50 states.
- FedEx Ground / Home Delivery: 15 December.
- FedEx Express Saver: December 21
- FedEx 2D: 22 December.
- FedEx Overnight: December 23.
- FedEx Semade: 25 December.
With USPS, you will pay a premium for using an accelerated service. Sending a 1 pound package from New York City to Los Angeles is currently $ 11.66 for FedEx home delivery. But if you want the package delivered by 8 am tomorrow, FedEx First Overnight delivery will cost $ 120.28. If delivery can wait 12 hours, the price drops to $ 80.70 for FedEx Standard Overnight.
United Parcel Service, known for its signature boxy brown trucks, is another popular shipping carrier. The company will not make any regular delivery on Christmas day, so you want to follow Following deadline To ensure package by 24 December.
- UPS Ground: 15 December.
- UPS Select 3 days: 21 December.
- UPS 2nd Day Air: 22 December.
- UPS Next Day Air: December 23.
Shipping rates depend on the size of the selected package, destination, and service. Ground rates for a small package shipped within the contiguous 48 states start at $ 10.75 for UPS ground service and go up to $ 31 for UPS 31L Air. For shipments to Alaska and Hawaii, rates are $ 32.65 for ground service or $ 35.50 for 2 for a smaller package.nd Day air in metro areas or $ 42.15 and $ 66.70 for addresses in remote areas, respectively.
Although able to ship packages domestically, DHL Express specializes in door-to-door international delivery to and from the US. The company’s quick express service can deliver to 220 countries and territories with packages arriving within 24 to 72 hours depending on the destination. , According to Mercury.
To ensure timely international delivery for Christmas, do not ship packages via DHL Express before December 18. To handle the influx of mail, the company has added 3,000 jobs to its workforce this year, extending delivery days on Saturdays and Sundays and increased access points, including pop-up retail locations at the mall, where consumers can easily send packages Can.
Pricing for DHL express delivery depends on the destination.
Shipping Deadline for Major Retailers
Some customers are not as concerned about sending packages as they are about receiving them at holiday time. To avoid the worry of wondering whether your gifts will arrive on time, Kotlyar suggests using the option to buy online and pick up in stores, if available.
Walmart shoppers have access to free shipping for online orders of at least $ 35. Purchases below that amount incur a shipping fee of $ 5.99. Depending on the item and your location, a shipment can be made using one of the following methods:
- Standard delivery for 3 to 5 days.
- Two Day Shipping.
- NextDay is available in qualifying ZIP code.
If you plan to use the two-day shipping option, keep in mind that the service is only available in 48 contiguous states, and shipments arrive within two business days, not calendar days. Also, there is a 2 o’clock cut-off based on the recipient’s zip code. This means that purchases made on Friday at 5 pm will not come until next Wednesday.
This year customers purchasing holiday gifts from Target.com should plan on a standard shipping time of three to five days. While the retailer normally offers two-day shipping, that service is currently “due to nationwide shipping delays”, according to the company’s website.
Shipping is free for paying customers with Target RedCard or for eligible purchases of at least $ 35.
the home Depot
At least $ 45 purchases are eligible for free standard shipping from Home Depot. Customers should allow parcel ground delivery three to five business days, in addition to order processing time, according to the company’s website.
Many products are also eligible for two-day shipping, “although may be delayed due to high demand and inventory availability.” Customers should check their account for order status and expected delivery date. Free curbside or store pick is also an option at Home Depot.
With its own fleet of delivery trucks, online retailer Amazon is uniquely positioned to ensure timely packages this holiday season. The company offers the following distribution options in the contiguous United States.
- Standard delivery in 4 to 5 business days.
- Two Day Shipping.
- One Day Shipping.
One-day shipping may be limited to certain areas, and both one- and two-day shipping reflects trading days, not calendar days. Expect purchases for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii, three to seven days for standard shipping, two to five days for expedited shipping, and one to four days for priority shipping.
“Of course, Amazon has taken it into their own hands with their (delivery service).” However, it is still wise to implement the orders as soon as possible.
Depending on their location, Macy’s customers can shop late December 24 and still receive items in time for Christmas. The department store has the following recommended shipping deadlines:
- Standard and Premium Shipping: 18 December.
- Express Shipping: December 18 18 AM EST.
- Same day delivery (select regions only): December 24 at 10 am local time.
- In-store or curbside pickup: December 24 at 3 pm local time.
Premium shipping costs $ 10, while express delivery is a $ 15 upgrade. Purchases must be made by December 14 for standard shipping to Alaska and Hawaii, or by December 15 for express shipping to destinations in those states.
With other retailers, Macy’s is no guarantee, and deliveries may be delayed by adverse weather, natural disasters or other events. This is another reason to listen to all shipping experts who talk quickly about shopping and sending holiday gifts in 2020 to avoid another disappointment.