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2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Wed 13 Dec 2017
By Shippo

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The holidays are just around the corner meaning the busiest season of the year is rapidly approaching. Online shopping has become the go-to option for customers to skip the crowds which makes shipping and logistics harder than ever.

What complicates matters is that Christmas falls on a Monday this year and many carriers don’t deliver over the weekend. That means orders need to go out earlier than usual to reach their destinations on time.

Make sure you don’t miss the important holiday deadlines so that your customers can get their gifts in time! Check out below for some of the deadlines that major US carriers recommend.

Holiday Deadlines for Domestic US Carriers

USPS

  • USPS First class Mail: December 19
  • USPS Priority Mail: December 20
  • USPS Priority Mail Express: December 22

FedEx

  • FedEx Home Delivery: December 18
  • FedEx Express Saver: December 19
  • FedEx 2-Day: December 20
  • FedEx Standard Overnight: December 21
  • FedEx SameDay: December 25

UPS

  • UPS 3 Day Select: December 18
  • UPS 2nd Day Air: December 20
  • UPS Next Day Air: December 22

Shipping is a great tool to drive sales, increase average orders and increase revenue. And more importantly, over 30% of merchandise bought online is returned so don’t forget about offering return shipping as a way to drive more customer conversions. Only 17% of businesses offer free return shipping, so use this as a way to stand out. Use scan-based return labels in Shippo which are free to print and include them right in the package to make purchases easy.

We’re excited to work with you this holiday season!


Shippo is a multi-carrier API and web app that helps retailers, marketplaces and platforms connect to a global network of carriers. Businesses use Shippo to get real-time rates, print labels, automate international paperwork, track packages and facilitate returns. Shippo provides the tools to help businesses succeed through shipping.
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