As the coronavirus pandemic has caused more people to shop online and require delivery services to receive their items, the pressure on retailers and carriers to deliver those holiday gifts on time has increased exponentially.
In order to avoid excessive networks (which can lead to delays in delivery), retailers have advanced holiday sales several months in advance, increased recruitment efforts, and expanded curbside pick-up options.
Online shopping spree may cause delays in holiday deliveries
As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States increases and the upcoming cold weather prevents people from entering stores, the pressure on the transportation network may be even greater in the coming weeks.
However, FedEx, UPS and U.S. Postal Service are doing their best to help shoppers get through the busy shopping season by providing suggested delivery dates (expected delivery before December 25).
The following are the shipping deadlines for the 2020 holiday season that carriers should note:
- FedEx SmartPost: December 9
- FedEx Home Delivery: December 15
- FedEx Ground Freight: December 15
- FedEx Express Saver: December 21
- FedEx 2 days: December 22
- FedEx Overtime: December 23
- FedEx Standard overnight: December 23
- FedEx Priority Overnight: December 23
- First night of FedEx: December 23
- FedEx SameDay: December 25
- FedEx SameDay city priority: December 25
- FedEx SameDay city direct sales: December 25
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For packages arriving before December 24
- UPS Ground: December 15
- UPS 3 Day Selection: December 21
- UPS next day flight: December 22
- UPS next day flight: December 23
United States Postal Service
- USPS Retail Base: December 15
- First class mail: December 18
- Priority Mail: December 19
- Priority Mail Express: December 23
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