2018 Holiday Shipping Schedules. Do You Have ALL Your Ducks In A Row?

Why Do I Need To Know Holiday Shipping Deadlines?
For online sellers, getting orders out on time is crucial for a successful holiday season. Last-minute shoppers will expect ways to make a purchase days before December 25 and still get it on time. If you want to guarantee delivery by Christmas, you need to know which carrier services to use.

It’s important to tell your customers the last days to order if they need it by Christmas. So, we’ve compiled all the 2018 holiday shipping deadlines for the major carriers in the US.

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

USPS HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES TO THE US
Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Retail Ground Friday, December 14
First Class Mail Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail Thursday, December 20
Priority Mail Express Saturday, December 22

FEDEX HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES TO THE US
Service Shipping Cutoff Date
SmartPost Services Monday, December 10
Ground Friday, December 14
Home Delivery Monday, December 17
Express Saver Wednesday, December 19
2Day  Services Thursday, December 20
Overnight Services Friday, December 21

UPS HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES TO THE US
Service Shipping Cutoff Date
Ground Friday, December 14
3 Day Select Tuesday, December 18
2nd Day Air Services Thursday, December 20
Next Day Air Services Saturday, December 22

HOW DO I USE THESE CUTOFF DATES FOR MY BUSINESS?
Take these shipping cutoff dates and figure out the order-by dates for your customers. Consider the expected processing time you’ll need during this busy peak season. You might still be able to pull off a same-day turnaround, or you might need a few days before the deadline date. Use these dates as your building block for what you want to offer at checkout.