The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s a good idea to plan ahead for shipping gifts or items to family or for receiving ordered gifts before Christmas for your friends and family in Myrtle Beach. Planning ahead helps you make sure items get where you need them on time and avoid increased fees from shipping carriers as the holidays get closer.
Shipping Deadlines for Major Carriers
The three most common carriers have already released their deadlines for holiday shipping. It’s important to remember that the holiday shipping volume can affect the delivery times for your shipments. So the earlier you ship, the better off you are in ensuring that your packages arrive before the ‘Big Day’.
Let’s take a look at those deadlines for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx and UPS. Ship by the dates below to ensure your item arrives on time:
December 15, 2017: Standard Mail Parcel Post
December 20, 2017: First Class Mail and Priority Mail
December 23, 2017: Priority Express Mail and Packages
December 12, 2017: Smart Post Shipments
December 17, 2017: Ground Delivery and Home Delivery
December 20, 2017: Express Save Shipments
December 22, 2017: 2-Day and 2-Day Morning Shipments
December 23, 2017: Shipments using Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight
December 25, 2017: Same Day Shipments
December 18, 2017: 3-Day Select Shipments
December 22, 2017: 2nd Day Air Shipments
December 23, 2017: Next Day Air Shipments
Reminder: Many shipping companies increase fees during the frantic shipping rush leading up to Christmas, and the closer to the holiday, the greater the increases. For example, UPS will begin adding surcharges to shipments as early as November 19, 2017. FedEx and USPS haven’t yet released their price increase info as of this writing. To avoid surcharges and higher shipping fees, plan ahead to get your out-of-area packages mailed out as early as possible.
Holiday Shipping Tips
With so many packages crisscrossing the country and even overseas, there are some tips to keep in mind during the holiday shipping season.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute! Not only will you be navigating shipping deadlines and dealing with increased costs, but you’ll also deal with more people and longer lines, depending on shipping method.
2. Pack box contents tightly. With so many items being shipped this time of year, packages are more likely to get jostled around more in the hustle and bustle of moving more shipments in such a short time frame. Be extra careful with breakables and be sure to wrap them in paper or foam cushion sheets first, then follow with a wrapping of bubble wrap. Use styrofoam inserts, crumpled paper and other fillers to ensure all items in the package are secure and don’t shift around inside the box. Shifting during shipment can cause breakage and damage to fragile items.
3. Pack with weather and the season in mind. The weather may be great where you live but if your package is going to Montana or Ohio, the weather may not be so good when the package arrives. Securely tape your package on both top and bottom (be sure to tape over corners where damage often happens). Also, just in case the address information on the package gets wet or damaged, include an extra address label with both the destination address and return address inside the box right on top before you tape it up.
You spend time and thought choosing just the right gifts for your loved ones. Follow our holiday tips and keep shipping deadlines in mind to ensure your gift arrives in perfect condition and on time. ShipOnSite is always here to help!