Holiday shipping deadlines for UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service have been announced
The three major mail carriers, UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service, have released their recommended shipping dates for the holidays.
Industry experts have warned consumers to shop early after widespread supply chain problems, but shipping deadlines remain fairly constant with those of previous years.
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The U.S. Postal Service advises people using its ground service to send items by Dec. 25 within the lower 48 states. Those using First-Class Mail and Priority Mail have until Dec. 17 and 18, respectively, one day earlier than last year. Priority Mail Express has a recommended delivery date of Dec. 23, but that date hasnt changed.
UPS is a global shipping firm that specializes in UPS shipping.
UPS advises sending packages within the United States by Dec. 21 if using UPS 3 Day Select or as late as Dec 23 IF sent by UPS Next Day Air the same dates as last year. Ground shipping deadlines vary depending on the packages route, and UPS advises checking its website for estimated shipping times.
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FedEx, on the other hand, advised sending packages no later than Dec. 15 if using Fedex Ground and Dec 22 unless using FederalEx 2-Day. The deadline for FedExs Same Day service is Dec. 24, one day earlier than last year.
Many retailers warned of shipping delays last holiday season as holiday shoppers did even more of their holiday shopping online than usual. The Postal Service, in particular, struggled to deliver packages on time due to COVID-19's record holiday volume and staffing shortages.
All three package carriers are gearing up for another surge this year. UPS and the U.S. Postal Service have stated they intend to hire 100,000 and 40,000 seasonal employees, respectively. FedEx plans to hire 90,000 workers, up from 70,000 last year, according to the company.
Many of those jobs are still open.
The Postal Service is still seeking for more than 300 city carrier assistants and more as many as 1,000 seasonal workers in the Chicago area, according to Elizabeth Najduch, spokesperson for the Post.
UPS, which said last month that it planned to hire 5,000 people in the Chicago area, still has about 4,500 openings, according to spokesperson Dan McMackin. Thats not unusual for this early in the season, and the carrier is "on track" to meet its hiring target, he added.