The holiday season brings with it some of the year’s most pleasant opportunities for celebration: snow days, if you’re lucky, and time off to spend with friends and family. This is also the time most businesses make most of their sales. From trinkets to lavish gifts, shoppers are in the mood to buy gifts. Online retailers face the annual challenge of delivering goods in time for the holidays. As part of our 2015 holiday guide, we’re helping you succeed this season with shipping deadlines from 3 of the top US carriers.
The mad dash for holiday gifts generally happens during and after Black Friday. With so many great deals, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to save. If you’re guaranteeing delivery by the holidays-- Christmas to be exact--it’s important to note the shipping cutoff dates. Packages shipped after these dates will unfortunately--and to the disappointment of your customers--arrive after the holidays.
When you’re marketing your sales and delivery guarantees, be sure to consider the amount of time it will take for you to process the increased number of orders. Consider enlisting additional help or simply factor in more processing time.
Shipping Speeds and Deadlines
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Regardless of which shipping provider you select, there’s always a chance your package will be delayed. From snowstorms to misplaced packages, it’s unavoidable and can happen to anyone. Take matters into your own hands by shipping as early as you can. This way you’ll still have time to expedite another package to your customer should any unforeseen problems arise.
If you really can’t get your products shipped early you’ll be relying on your carrier’s promise to delivery the packages on time. In the event your package isn’t delivered on time, you can file a claim to get a refund on your shiping. To automate this process, consider adding 71 lbs’ shipping refunds module to your shop - it’s free to install and you will only be billed for 50% of the claims they win.
Ship early. The only thing certain about international shipping is that nothing is certain! Each country has a own unique process, be it for deliveries to US embassies and military bases or residences. Every international package must pass customs, regardless of who is moving it. Missing paperwork, outstanding taxes and fees, flags for full inspections or even misplaced packages can cause delays even your shipping carrier can’t anticipate.
After the package has successfully passed customs, it is either passed to a local shipping carrier or the local offices of your domestic carrier. If it gets passed along to a local carrier, keep in mind that you may not receive additional tracking information.
Planning your shipping strategy plays a key role in your holiday success. Keep customers happy by giving them plenty of time to shop for gifts and receive them in time for the holidays. For a detailed description of each carrier’s shipping schedule, please refer to their holiday schedules listed below:
For additional tips and advice on maximizing your shop’s sales, operations and more this holiday season, download our free 2015 Holiday Guide.