2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines For the US

October 2, 2019

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Your shipping strategy gets put to the ultimate test in the final leg of the holiday rush. In fact, Shopify reports that 40% of customers are still shopping within the final 10 days of the season. Guaranteeing these gifts arrive in time is the deciding factor between someone shopping online with you or visiting a brick and mortar. Offering express services for last-minute shoppers ensures all packages will arrive on time. 

Here are your deadlines for USPS, UPS, and FedEx:

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

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

For USPS’s international shipping deadlines, head here

FedEx Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US

 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 in the US

 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

See the full 2019 year-end holiday schedule.

The 2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines Infographic

With the shipping cutoff dates above, we also put together a handy timeline graphic that shows you what services are available.

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If you use our holiday shipping deadlines infographic to start your holiday prep now, you’ll have plenty of time to calculate your own shipping cut off dates. And once you know your shipping schedule, you can start optimizing your shipping workflow to handle increased order volume. Plus, you’ll have more time to decide on which shipping promotions are best for your business and your customers.

When to Switch to Expedited Shipping

As the shipping deadlines approach, you need to be aware of which express shipping options work best. Furthermore, you’ll need to ship parcels out more quickly to compete with larger companies like Amazon.

Make sure that your customers know that the final stretch before the holidays may require them to upgrade their shipping service.

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