SAN DIEGO, December 8, 2013 – With Thanksgiving falling late in the month, there is a shortened time period for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means there is also a shortened time period for shipping your gifts so they arrive by December 25.
The United States Postal Service estimates a 12 percent increase in shipping this holiday season over 2012. It also predicts the single busiest mailing day of the year will be Monday, December 16, with six million customers visiting the nation’s post offices across the country. Be smart and be prepared so you can avoid these lines.
To ensure your treasures arrive in time, know the key holiday shipping deadlines. Communities has listed all key holiday shipping deadlines below for the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx. Visit the websites of these services to learn more about specific holiday packing and shipping instructions.
The more you’re willing to pay, the longer you have to get your act together and get your presents bought, wrapped, packed and shipped. International shipping and military mail deadlines come up quickly.
Take advantage of online tools to pay and print shipping labels at home, then schedule a pickup or make a quick drop off at a non-peak time.
Consider shipping and making dropoffs via a UPS Store near you. You can ship via UPS or the U.S. Postal Service at these storefronts. If you are shipping via FedEx, drop off your package at a FedEx-Kinko’s location outside of regular business hours to avoid waiting in line. Most are open until 11 p.m. on weeknights, 9 p.m. on weekends. Limited locations are open 24 hours.
Monday, December 9, 2013
USPS First-Class Mail International Service to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Africa, Central and South America
USPS Priority Mail Service and First-Class Mail Service to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340, and 962-966
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
USPS Priority Mail International Service to Mexico
Thursday, December 12, 2013
USPS Priority Mail International Service to Canada, Europe, Middle East
Friday, December 13, 2013
FedEx International Ground® to Canada
Saturday, December 14, 2013
USPS Standard Post™ Service
USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East
Monday, December 16
USPS Priority Mail Express International Service to Canada, Middle East
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Asia / Pacific Rim, Australia / New Zealand
Tuesday, December 17
FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground®
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Africa
USPS Priority Mail Express Military Service to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340, 962-966
Wednesday, December 18
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service To Central and South America, Europe, Mexico
FedEx International Economy® To Mexico, Puerto Rico
Thursday, December 19
USPS Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship
FedEx Express Saver (Domestic)
USPS Global Express Guaranteed Service to Canada
FedEx International Economy® to Canada
Friday, December 20
USPS First-Class Mail Service
FedEx® International Next Flight, FedEx International Priority® and FedEx International First® 4 to Mexico and Puerto Rico
UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 24
Saturday, December 21
USPS Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship
USPS Priority Mail® Service
FedEx 2Day® A.M., FedEx 2Day®
FedEx International First® and FedEx International Priority® to Canada
UPS 2nd Day Air packages for regular Saturday pickup customers of air and international shipments only, or if prearranged by Friday, December 20.
All locations of The UPS Store® will be open for dropoff. This is the last day to ship UPS 2nd Day Air packages in time for Christmas.
Monday, December 23
USPS Priority Mail Express™ Service
FedEx First Overnight®
FedEx Priority Overnight®
FedEx Standard Overnight®
FedEx®International Next Flight to Canada and Mexico
UPS Next Day Air
UPS normal pickup and delivery service (no Christmas Day delivery). Pickup service available for air and international shipments for Tuesday, December 24 ONLY if prearranged today
Tuesday, December 24
UPS normal delivery of air, international and ground shipments
UPS on-call pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available to all customers for air and international shipments. No UPS Ground, UPS Standard or 3 Day Select pickups until Thursday, December 26
Wednesday, December 25
No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available for urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit upsexpresscritical.com
Curious how much emergency Christmas Day delivery would cost you? I priced sending a two pound package from San Diego to Washington D.C. via UPS Express Critical. The cheapest estimate, delivering the package within 20 hours, was $292.49. So don’t procrastinate or it will cost you.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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