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2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

As the holidays creep closer and closer, it’s important to ensure you finalize your shipping schedule. In a perfect world, customers would order gifts with plenty of time to be packed and delivered, but the truth is that 40% of customers are still shopping in the final 10 days of the season, as reported by Shopify. This means you have a very narrow margin of error to get products into your customers’ hands before time runs out. Luckily, our friends at ShipStation have compiled shipping deadlines of the major carriers in the US to ensure you ace shipping this holiday season.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Retail Ground™ Saturday, December 14th
First Class Mail® Friday, December 20th
Priority Mail® Saturday, December 21st
Priority Mail Express® Monday, December 23rd

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines


Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx SmartPost® Monday, December 9th
FedEx Ground® Monday, December 16th
Home Delivery® Monday, December 16th
Express Saver® Thursday, December 19th
2Day® Services Friday, December 20th
Overnight® Services Monday, December 23rd


UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines


Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Ground® Friday, December 13th
3 Day Select® Thursday, December 19th
2nd Day Air® Services Friday, December 20th
Next Day Air® Services Monday, December 23rd

ShipStation has also put together an infographic with all of the important dates on one timeline to help you keep them straight. We recommend printing it out and hanging it in your warehouse or order processing areas so you don’t miss any of the deadlines.

 Download the infographic here.

Make sure you are a holiday hero and not a grinch by utilizing these shipping cut-off dates to get all of your orders to customers in time for the holidays. Once you know the carrier deadlines, you can determine your own cut-off dates for processing and shipping out orders. You can also use these dates to create marketing initiatives around shipping, like having a countdown on your website.

About The Author

Chris Labatt-Simon

Chris is the Executive Vice President of Operations and Finance at SureDone, and was formerly the Vice President of Customer Success. Chris's role continues to be customer focused. As he says, "My job is to put a smile on our customers' faces." In addition to managing customer support, customer service, customer success and onboarding, Chris also finds time to find ways to turn chaos into order and to manage the financial and legal aspects of SureDone.

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