The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most chaotic time of the year for e-commerce businesses hoping for the gift of a successful holiday season. One way to keep customers happy during this busy season is to have a firm grasp on holiday shipping deadlines. Make sure your customers are well aware of your holiday shipping deadlines so they don’t wait until it’s too late to order those holiday gifts.
With this in mind, here are the United States Postal Service 2017 holiday shipping deadlines.
Review these USPS cutoffs and be sure to give yourself a little flexibility to account for order processing. Once you’ve determined holiday cutoffs that best work for your business, post these holiday shipping deadlines on your website somewhere the information is easy to find so it’s crystal clear when customers need to finish their shopping in order to ensure everyone on their list has a happy holiday.
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If you’re re-evaluating your shipping strategy and comparing 2017 shipping rates as you ramp up for the holidays, be sure to keep USPS in mind if you want to save time and money. Here are a few reasons why USPS should be a part of your shipping strategy.
Priority Mail is oftentimes the most affordable shipping option for e-commerce businesses. Featuring delivery to most domestic locations in just one to three days, Priority Mail offers speed and affordability. Learn all about Priority Mail here. Want something even faster for customers seeking expedited shipping? Priority Mail Express provides regular and overnight delivery to most U.S. addresses, with delivery between one and two days. Domestic orders shipped by the Dec. 22 cutoff will arrive by Dec. 25.
Does your business ship more than 50,000 small, heavy packages a year? You’ll want to take a look at USPS Cubic Pricing via Priority Mail for additional savings. Learn more about cubic pricing, and determine if you qualify, here.
Private carriers regularly tack on surcharges for residential, rural and Saturday deliveries, but not USPS. It’s also worth noting that UPS recently announced new peak surcharges that are applicable during certain periods in November in December.
FedEx and UPS both charge dimensional weight pricing for ground shipments, so be sure to rate shop if you’re shipping larger, lightweight items—there’s a good chance you’ll spend less to ship when using USPS. Our Dimensional Weight Calculator makes it easy to see how DIM weight pricing can affect your business and compare costs between shipping carriers.
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