2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to finalize your shipping calendar — if you haven’t already. Shipping may not be the first thing you want to think about, but 96% of customers factor shipping into their online shopping purchase decisions. What’s even more shocking is 88% of customers say negative shipping experiences make them less likely to purchase from that merchant in the future. When it comes to perfecting your shipping strategy, timing is key. Particularly for the high percentage of holiday customers who wait until the last 10 days to buy gifts. Luckily, ShipStation has compiled the shipping deadlines you need to remember for the holidays.

USPS HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES IN THE US

Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Retail Ground™ Saturday, December 14th
First Class Mail® Friday, December 20th
Priority Mail® Saturday, December 21st
Priority Mail Express® Monday, December 23rd

FEDEX HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES IN THE US

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx SmartPost® Monday, December 9th
FedEx Ground® Monday, December 16th
Home Delivery® Monday, December 16th
Express Saver® Thursday, December 19th
2Day® Services Friday, December 20th
Overnight® Services Monday, December 23rd

UPS HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES IN THE US

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Ground® Friday, December 13th
3 Day Select® Thursday, December 19th
2nd Day Air® Services Friday, December 20th
Next Day Air® Services Monday, December 23rd

The infographic below with all of the dates on one timeline.

Now that you have the cutoff dates, you can build your own shipping timeline to get products to customers on time. Providing a good experience can make the difference between a repeat customer or someone going to a brick-and-mortar competitor. 

Blog post by James Messer at ShipStation.