Time running out on holiday mailing, shipping, delivery arriving by Christmas

21 December, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Salvatore Jensen

Have you finished sending out all of your holiday gifts?

He said while they try to process packages as quickly as possible, customers should be prepared to wait.

This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service.

At the U.S Post office Wednesday December 20th is the deadline for shipping packages by Priority Mail. "It's for New Year's", said David Hamilton, customer. Just this week, they expect to handle more than 3 billion cards, letters and packages.

Priority shipping is the only way to guarantee those items will arrive on time.

With Christmas right around the corner, many people are making a last-minute dash to the post office to ensure presents will make it under the tree on time.




"There's still a bit of leeway with it but if you want to be absolutely sure, get them in today", said Anna McHugh from An Post.

"The good news is that they still have a few more days to shop and send their gifts off, as US carriers are offering guaranteed Christmas delivery through this week", she said.

Overall, retailers are wrapping their arms around e-commerce fulfillment but "are still struggling", said Alex Vlasto, vice president of marketing at StellaService.

Research firm StellaService says December 19 is the most popular cutoff date for retailers, two days earlier than past year.

Amazon is offering same-day evening deliveries on December 24 in Greater London and 13 other cities on orders made as late as noon, although it has warned availability is limited.

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