Shipping Tips & Solutions

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines in the US


by Jules

On 2019 M11 20

by Jules

It's that time of year again. The holidays are around the corner and you're busy prepping your online store for the rush of last-minute shopping. You've got your pop-up campaigns ready, your email promotions are ready to go, and you've got your inventory management under control so all those orders you'll be receiving are primed to ship.

But, did you know almost 40% of holiday shipping happens in the four weeks leading up to Black Friday? Or that 52% of Christmas shipments go out the week of Black Friday and in the first two weeks of December?

As holiday sales start coming through, be sure your store is prepared to make everyone's holiday dreams come true by offering shipping solutions that ensure delivery by Christmas - even for the most last-minute gift givers.

How to Deliver During a Seasonal Rush

Every business dreams of breakthrough shopping and sales during peak season, but in reality, keeping up with all those orders requires a lot of work to be done. Those gifts don't ship themselves, after all. The key to growing your sales during the holidays is preparation.

Thankfully, we're here to help with a shipping checklist that you can check off to create a memorable delivery experience during the holiday rush - and the rest of the year. Here's are our top five shipping tips to ensure your eCommerce business has a very jolly holiday season.

  • Map out your shipping policy well in advance
  • Find the right couriers for your business
  • Purchase all the necessary product packaging and supplies
  • Display shipping rates and information on your store
  • Deliver a smooth post-purchase experience, including seamless tracking and communication

2019 Holiday Delivery Deadlines

Want to deliver a Christmas miracle for your customers? Then find a way to make sure their purchases are delivered in time for the holidays. Even if all your normal shipping rates and methods are setup on your site, it's crucial to let your customers know the absolute last day they can purchase their gifts in order to get them by Christmas.

USPS Holiday Shipping Cutoffs in the US

Service Holiday Ship By Date
USPS Retail Ground December 14, 2019
USPS First Class Mail December 20, 2019
USPS Priority Mail December 21, 2019
USPS Priority Mail Express December 23, 2019

For USPS's international shipping deadlines, click here.

Fedex Holiday Shipping Cutoffs in the US

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Fedex Smart Post December 9, 2019
Fedex Ground Delivery December 16, 2019
Fedex Home Delivery December 16, 2019
Fedex Express Saver December 19, 2019
Fedex 2Day Services December 20, 2019
Fedex Overnight Services December 23, 2019

For Fedex's international shipping deadlines, click here.

UPS Holiday Shipping Cutoffs in the US

Service Holiday Ship By Date
UPS Ground December 13, 2019
UPS 3 Day Select December 19, 2019
UPS 2nd Day Air Service December 20, 2019
UPS Next Day Air Service December 23, 2019

For UPS's international shipping deadlines, click here.

Amazon Holiday Shipping Cutoffs in the US

Service Holiday Ship By Date
Amazon Standard Shipping December 17, 2019
Amazon Prime Free Two-Day Shipping December 21, 2019
Amazon Prime Free One-Day Shipping December 23, 2019
Amazon Prime Free Same-Day Delivery December 24, 2019
Amazon Free 2 Hour Delivery with Prime Now December 24, 2019

2019 Domestic and International Holiday Delivery Deadlines

Now that you're aware of all the holiday shipping cutoff dates, we've also put together a handy holiday shipping deadlines infographic that shows you what services are available and how to schedule your own shipping cutoff dates for domestic shipments and international orders.

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Recommended send-by dates to deliver packages in time for the holidays.

Happy shipping, and happy holidays!

Originally posted in September 2017. Updated on November 20, 2019 to reflect current 2019 Holiday Shipment Deadlines for USPS, FedEx, and UPS.