Tips for Holiday Shipping + Deadlines for USPS, UPS & FedEx

Holiday Shopping means important shipping deadlines that need to be carefully managed. Make sure you’re ‘buttoned-up’ on your shipping practices for the holidays. Here are a few tips for holiday shipping, along with deadlines and helpful links from USPS, UPS & FedEx.

Tips for Shipping

  • Learn the shipping deadlines for your carrier of choice. Get familiar with the shipping deadlines for your carrier of choice, and figure out your personal cut-off date – the last day when you can comfortably ship to customers without having to increase the cost for the shopper.
  • Update your Product Pages with clear Shipping Info. Once you know the cut-off date, update your OpenSky product pages with clear shipping and delivery information for shoppers. Over-communicating this info is a good thing – it will give shoppers confidence when making a purchase – especially as we get closer to the shipping deadlines.  Including clear shipping info could be the difference in closing a sale.
  • Keep a close eye on your inventory. Sometimes managing inventory during the holidays can be tricky. If you sell in a variety of places, make sure you’re keeping a close eye on your inventory numbers so you don’t sell out too soon, or or even worse, sell more than you have on hand. This could create all sorts of customer service and fulfillment complications for your holiday shoppers and will leave you scrambling to get orders to customers and put out fires until the last minute.

USPS logo

Domestic Mail Class / Product Cut-off for Delivery
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 21
Standard Post™ Service Dec. 14

Helpful Links:

Click here to access USPS’s Shipping Tool – figure out the cost and days it takes to ship to customers across the US.

UPS logo

U.S. Domestic Service Cut-off for Delivery by December 24*
UPS Ground Dec. 16-23 (varies by origin and destination)
UPS 3 Day Select® Dec. 19
UPS 2nd Day Air® Dec. 20 or
Dec. 21 (with confirmed pick up)
UPS Next Day Air®/UPS Next Day Air Saver® Dec. 23

*Some shipments to and from certain locations may require additional time in transit

Helpful Links:

Click here to use UPS’s Shipping Tool – figure out the cost and days it takes to ship to customers across the US.

Download this UPS Holiday Shipping Guide to make sure shipping dates are nearby throughout the holidays.

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U.S. Domestic Service Cut-off for Delivery
FedEx Ground® Dec. 17
FedEx Express Saver® Dec. 19
FedEx 2Day® Dec. 21
FedEx Overnight® (Standard, Priority & First) Dec. 23

Helpful Links:

Click here to use FedEx’s Shipping Tool – figure out the cost and days it takes to ship to customers across the US. 

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