2016 Holiday Shipping Schedule

Just so you have the schedule handy we thought we would provide you with an “All Inclusive List of Days that the shippers are closed for the 2016 Holiday Shopping Season. This way you can provide the same on your websites for the convenience of your holiday customers.

Along with providing this to your holiday shoppers, it is now a great time to revisit your return policies and make sure they are clear and easy to understand to any holiday shoppers that come to your site. This is sometimes a great incentive to have that person make a purchase. This way they know your policies and what they need to do in case they need to make a return. Be sure to have all the details spelled out, do not make them look for any fine print.

During the next few weeks, we will continue to post helpful tips on how you can make your holiday eCommerce season for 2016 a success.

UPS 2016 Holiday Schedule
In the United States, UPS observes the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day – November 24, 2016*
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2016**
Christmas – December 25, 2016*
Christmas (Observed) – December 26*
New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2016**
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2017*
New Year’s Day – (Observed) – January 2, 2017*
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FEDX Holiday Shipping Schedule
Thurs. Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day Closed
Sat. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Modified Service
Sun. Dec. 25 Christmas Day Closed
Mon. Dec. 26 Day After Christmas Day Closed
Sat. Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Modified Service
Sun. Jan. 1, 2017 New Year’s Day Closed
Mon. Jan. 2, 2017 Day After New Year’s Day Closed
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An important detail to note about postal holidays in 2016 is that seven of the ten days that the U.S. Post Office holidays are closed are on Mondays. If you don’t get your campaign or packages mailed by the preceding Friday, you’ll have to wait at least three days to get it in the mail. These dates are essential for marketers, and bulk mail campaigns should be planned to avoid them where possible.
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Here are the days that the USPS will be closed in 2016:
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 26 Christmas Day
Please note that, as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the USPS is closed on Monday, December 26.
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During postal holidays, the whole mail system can get backed up, and in addition to the day lost for the holiday, there’s a very good chance that an additional day or two can be lost as the USPS gets back up to speed. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to avoid scheduling time-sensitive mailing projects to drop the day before a USPS holiday.

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