Shipping to P.O. Boxes: Is it a No? Or Is it a Go?

Shippo Snippets: Shipping to a P.O. box presents a range of benefits and drawbacks for merchants and consumers alike P.O. boxes can often be managed online USPS’s MTC SA service can provide P.O. box users with an actual street address From convenience to cost, carrier specifications, security, pri...

How to Send a Prepaid Return Shipping Label via USPS

According to a UPS report, 34 percent of customers want to see a prepaid return shipping label in the box.  Putting the shipping label in the box makes it much easier for customers to return the item, since they don’t have to figure out how to create a shipping label in order to mail back…

Brand Matters: How You Can Stand Out and Beat the Competition

So you have an e-commerce business. You’re passionate about your product, excited to get it to your customers and grow your business. But, like so many merchants in 2020, you’re wary of intense competition. Almost anything a consumer could possibly want is available at the tap of a finge...

Using Packaging to Boost Your Brand and Gain a Competitive Advantage

Shippo Snippets: Keeping your brand packaging design consistent with your marketing efforts will help your customers become familiar with your product so they can easily identify it in the future Ultimately, your customer should be able to “read” your shipping packaging at just a mere glance The...
All Things Shipping | December 13, 2017

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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


  • 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 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.

Get Started Today for Free

Everything you need for professional-grade shipping + deep discounts from top carriers.
Sign Up Free