Tags: holiday | shipping | deadlines | christmas

Holiday Shipping Deadlines Set as Christmas Approaches

Image: Holiday Shipping Deadlines Set as Christmas Approaches

Shipping deadlines draw near to get packages to their destinations in time for the holidays. (Screengrab via Twitter)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 01:07 PM

Holiday shipping deadlines start arriving this week, with Amazon promising that it could still deliver the presents for ultra-late Christmas shoppers in nearly 30 select metro cities if they order by 9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Those late shoppers must be Amazon Prime customers living in a shortlist of major metro areas like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the Denver Post noted. For most package handlers, though, it is best to get those packages sent sooner than later.

"I definitely think it's convenient for consumers," Peter Gold, marketing director for Shop.com, a branch of the National Retail Federation, told the Denver Post. "But do they want it? I think if you ask them in advance, most will say they don’t intend to buy gifts at 9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve."

If one plans on using the U.S. Postal Service, its deadline for domestic retail ground packages to reach their destinations on time for Christmas is Thursday, according to the service's website. First class mail must be sent by Dec. 20, Priority Mail by Dec. 21 and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 23.

Many international dates have already passed, leaving pricier Priority Mail and Global Express services as the only options to deliver packages on time.

FedEx said on its website that FedFex First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx 2Day can all make deliveries on Christmas Eve, but those will come with an extra $16 Saturday delivery charged added to its regular charges.

FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will not deliver on Christmas Eve, the company's website said. Packages using those services must be sent off by Friday to get there before Christmas, according to the FedEx website. Packages using FedEx Express save can be sent by Dec. 20. Packages using FedEx 2Day and 2Day A.M. will need to be sent by Dec. 21.

Customers using FedEx Standard, Priority Overnight and First Overnight must send their pages by Dec. 23, the company noted.

For UPS, users can send packages using regular delivery by Dec. 19 for customers to receive the packages by Dec. 23. If users wait until Dec. 20, they will need to use its UPS 3-Day Select service. Dec. 21 is the last day to use UPS 2nd Day Air to get packages delivered before Christmas, while UPS Next Day delivery will still be available Dec. 22.

Customers can still take advantage of Amazon's free shipping by getting packages off by Friday and with standard shipping charges for before-Christmas deliveries by Dec. 19 in the continental United States. Two-Day shipping is available until Dec. 22 and one-day shipping to Dec. 23, according to Amazon's website.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Holiday shipping deadlines start arriving this week, with Amazon promising that it could still deliver the presents for ultra-late Christmas shoppers in nearly 30 select metro cities if they order by 9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
holiday, shipping, deadlines, christmas
443
2016-07-14
Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 01:07 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved