Holiday Shipping Deadlines Loom for Some, Extended by Others

December 13, 2018


With less than two weeks to go before Santa Claus comes to town, holiday shipping deadlines are looming. USA Today compiled a useful list of dates for all to be mindful of including the following: U.S. Postal Service

  • 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments
  • 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) through Priority Mail Express
  • 20: First Class
  • 20: Priority Mail
  • 22: Priority Mail Express
FedEx
  • 17: Ground and home delivery
  • 19: Express Saver
  • 20: Two-day options
  • 21: Overnight options
  • 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority
United Parcel Service
  • 18: UPS 3 Day Select
  • 20: 2nd Day Air
  • 21: Next Day Air
Not to be left out, Amazon announced today that it will extend its holiday free shipping promotion (no minimum purchase) to December 18 and will expands Prime  one-day shipping (or faster) to 10,000 cities. Additional Amazon shipping dates to keep in mind are:
  • 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members
  • 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members in eligible areas
  • 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
While Amazon continues to partner with FedEx, UPS and USPS for last mile deliveries, it also is expanding its own last mile capabilities. Today’s announcement may be partially a result of their enhancements. As part of its own capabilities, the e-commerce giant utilizes a combination of crowd-sourced delivery services, Amazon Flex, and its Delivery Service Partners program which was announced earlier this year. In addition, Amazon’s network is made up of well over 100 fulfillment facilities and sortation facilities and its air network. In recent days, Amazon Air has expanded its operations in such locations as Miami and Rockford IL and recently announced Fort Worth’s Alliance airport as a regional hub that will include sortation capabilities and infrastructure to handle multiple flights daily. Amazon will be in good company at the airport as FedEx Express operates from this location and UPS at nearby Dallas airport. As Amazon continues to build out its own logistics capabilities, a viable option to the ‘Big 2’ is emerging.  With the growth of e-commerce, the volume of packages continues to skyrocket. All small package providers have made improvements to networks and automation investments to handle the volume, but with additional competition emerging, a great holiday present for everyone would be reasonable rates for shipping. In the meantime, make sure to get all your orders in to meet the holiday shipping deadlines!

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines Loom for Some, Extended by Others

December 13, 2018


With less than two weeks to go before Santa Claus comes to town, holiday shipping deadlines are looming. USA Today compiled a useful list of dates for all to be mindful of including the following: U.S. Postal Service

  • 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments
  • 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) through Priority Mail Express
  • 20: First Class
  • 20: Priority Mail
  • 22: Priority Mail Express
FedEx
  • 17: Ground and home delivery
  • 19: Express Saver
  • 20: Two-day options
  • 21: Overnight options
  • 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority
United Parcel Service
  • 18: UPS 3 Day Select
  • 20: 2nd Day Air
  • 21: Next Day Air
Not to be left out, Amazon announced today that it will extend its holiday free shipping promotion (no minimum purchase) to December 18 and will expands Prime  one-day shipping (or faster) to 10,000 cities. Additional Amazon shipping dates to keep in mind are:
  • 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members
  • 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members in eligible areas
  • 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
While Amazon continues to partner with FedEx, UPS and USPS for last mile deliveries, it also is expanding its own last mile capabilities. Today’s announcement may be partially a result of their enhancements. As part of its own capabilities, the e-commerce giant utilizes a combination of crowd-sourced delivery services, Amazon Flex, and its Delivery Service Partners program which was announced earlier this year. In addition, Amazon’s network is made up of well over 100 fulfillment facilities and sortation facilities and its air network. In recent days, Amazon Air has expanded its operations in such locations as Miami and Rockford IL and recently announced Fort Worth’s Alliance airport as a regional hub that will include sortation capabilities and infrastructure to handle multiple flights daily. Amazon will be in good company at the airport as FedEx Express operates from this location and UPS at nearby Dallas airport. As Amazon continues to build out its own logistics capabilities, a viable option to the ‘Big 2’ is emerging.  With the growth of e-commerce, the volume of packages continues to skyrocket. All small package providers have made improvements to networks and automation investments to handle the volume, but with additional competition emerging, a great holiday present for everyone would be reasonable rates for shipping. In the meantime, make sure to get all your orders in to meet the holiday shipping deadlines!

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