Holiday shipping could face major delays for Christmas
Don't wait to mail those gifts, do it now
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In a hectic holiday season plagued by a pandemic, health measures, social distancing, and working from home when we can, sometimes mailing holiday gifts might be the last thing we think about, but that could lead to presents missing on Christmas Day.
With so many packages being mailed due to an increase in online shopping, the COVID vaccine being shipped, and staffing shortages related to COVID, the pace is unprecedented and we might not get the delivery times we are used to having.
“Right now delays are about 1 or 2 days, expect that to increase this next week, this is the biggest shipping week of the entire year,”
Bailey Foken, with UPS in Lincon said. “So delays might bump up between 2 or 3 days but as long as people are on top of it and timely this week, we should be fine getting their stuff in time for Christmas.”
The UPS at 40th and Old Cheney said they have had record numbers since the pandemic started back in March and adding the holiday season, it’s only getting busier.
The United States Postal Service has this notice at the top of their website:
ALERT: USPS IS EXPERIENCING UNPRECEDENTED PACKAGE INCREASES AND LIMITED EMPLOYEE AVAILABILITY DUE TO THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND REMAIN COMMITTED TO DELIVERING THE HOLIDAYS TO YOU.
Here are the USPS shipping deadlines:
USPS Retail Ground® Service Dec. 15
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 18
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 19
Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 23
And FedEx sends a similar warning on its website:
Record high volumes of e-commerce orders, COVID 19 closures, and weather events may cause delivery delays. Before finalizing your shipment, please confirm that your recipient can receive your package and see our latest service alert updates.
Here is the FedEx deadline calendar:
FedEx Home Delivery®3 Tuesday, December 15
FedEx Ground®1,3 Tuesday, December 15
FedEx Express Saver® Monday, December 21
FedEx 3Day® Freight Monday, December 21
FedEx 2Day® Tuesday, December 22
FedEx 2Day® A.M. Tuesday, December 22
FedEx 2Day® Freight Tuesday, December 22
FedEx 1Day® Freight Wednesday, December 23
FedEx Extra Hours® Wednesday, December 23
FedEx Standard Overnight® Wednesday, December 23
FedEx Priority Overnight® Wednesday, December 23
FedEx First Overnight® Wednesday, December 23
FedEx SameDay®2 Friday, December 25
FedEx SameDay® City Priority2 Friday, December 25
FedEx SameDay® City Direct2 Friday, December 25
UPS has suspended it’s Service Guarantee since March.
UPS® Ground: Check ups.com/ctc for details.
December 21 UPS 3 Day Select®
December 22 UPS 2nd Day Air®
December 23 UPS Next Day Air®
Even major retailers have on their websites and apps have a clear deadline on the last day to get regular shipping for Christmas and many of those are either December 13 or 14th.
A reminder, 2-day shipping means after the product leaves the warehouse, not from the day you order it. It still can take days for the item(s) to leave the warehouse.