2017 Holiday Shipping Schedule, A Handy Guide.

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 2017 Holiday Shopping Season. Along with the time frame for expected delivery in time for Christmas Arrival.

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 2017 a success.

UPS 2017 Holiday Schedule
In the United States, UPS observes the following holidays:
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2016**
Christmas – December 25, 2016*
Shipping Deadlines for Delivery in time for Christmas:
Dec 18 – Deadline for 3 Day Select shipments.
Dec 22 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.
Dec 23 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments.
New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2017**
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018*
New Year’s Day – (Observed) – January 2, 2017*
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FEDX Holiday Shipping Schedule
FedEx Christmas Shipping Deadlines
Dec 12 – Deadline for Smart Post shipments.
Dec 17 – Deadline for Home Delivery and Ground Delivery shipments.
Dec 20 – Deadline for Express Save shipments.
Dec 22 – Deadline for 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
Dec 23 – Deadline for Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight shipments.
Dec 25 – Deadline for Same-Day shipments.
Sat. Dec. 23rd. Freight is Closed
Sun. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Closed
Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Day Closed
Tues. Dec. 26 Home Delivery Closed
Sun. Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Closed
Mon. Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day Closed
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An important detail to note about postal holidays in 2017 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, especially for marketers that are pushing an incentive-based product, and bulk mail campaigns should be planned to avoid them where possible.

Here are the days that the USPS will be closed in 2017:

Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day Closed
USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Dec 15 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (Mail) shipments.
Dec 20 – Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments.
Dec 23 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.
Monday, December 25 (Closed) Christmas Day

********A WORD TO THE WISE********************************
During postal holidays, the whole mail system can get backed up due to weather or issues with power and or road closings.  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 carriers get 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.

The above information is made available from Black Arrow Marketing