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Holiday Shipping Dates 2020 for Ecommerce

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Holiday Shipping Dates 2020 for Ecommerce

published on 22.10.2020 in Blog by

eFulfillment Service shares shipping carrier deadlines for the last date parcels can be shipped, in order to arrive by Christmas, December 25, 2020. The ecommerce fulfillment team reminds consumers and internet retailers that these deadlines aren’t “order-by” dates and these dates don’t allow time for order processing at fulfillment centers, especially during the peak shopping days from Thanksgiving through the Christmas holiday.

“Shoppers should shop earlier this year than any previous year,” recommends Linda Sorna, eFulfillment Service Client Care Manager. “We expect high-volumes and complications from COVID-19 will affect shipping services this year. We’re encouraging our clients to communicate with their customers to expect longer shipping times and to order as early as possible.”

Please remember that you should add at least two (2) additional business days to these dates for the required order processing time.

USPS - DOMESTICShipping Date
First Class MailDecember 15th, 2020
Priority MailDecember 17th, 2020
Priority Mail ExpressDecember 21st, 2020
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-92via Priority MailDecember 9th, 2020
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093via Priority MailDecember 9th, 2020
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098via Priority MailDecember 9th, 2020
APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340via Priority MailDecember 9th, 2020
APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966via Priority MailDecember 9th, 2020
DHL – DOMESTICShipping Date
DHL EXPEDITED MAXDecember 14th
DHL PARCEL ZONAL EXPEDITEDDecember 10th
DHL PARCEL PLUS EXPEDITEDDecember 10th
DHL PARCEL ZONAL GROUNDDecember 7th
FEDEX – DOMESTICShipping Date
FedEx GroundDecember 15th
FedEx Home DeliveryDecember 15th
FedEx Express SaverDecember 21st
FedEx 2-DayDecember 22nd
FedEx SmartPostDecember 4th
FedEx Standard OvernightDecember 23rd
USPS – INTERNATIONALShipping Date
Priority Mail Int'l
Shipping Date
First Class Int'l
Shipping Date
Priority Mail Express Int'l
Priority Mail Int'lFirst Class Int'lPriority Mail Express Int'l
AfricaNovember 30thNovember 23rdDecember 7th
Asia/Pacific RomDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
Australia/New ZealandDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
CanadaDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
CaribbeanDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
Central/South AmericaNovember 30thNovember 23rdDecember 7th
MexicoDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
EuropeDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
Middle EastDecember 7thNovember 23rdDecember 14th
DHL - INTERNATIONALShipping Date
DHL Parcel International Standard
Shipping Date
DHL Packet International
African CountriesNovember 19thNovember 16th
AustraliaNovember 25thNovember 25th
BrazilNovember 2ndNovember 6th
CanadaDecember 1stDecember 1st
ChinaNovember 27thDecember 3rd
Eastern EuropeNovember 30thNovember 30th
FranceDecember 7thDecember 3rd
GermanyDecember 9thDecember 9th
Hong KongNovember 27thDecember 2nd
IndiaNovember 27thNovember 20th
IsraelNovember 25thDecember 1st
JapanDecember 8thDecember 7th
MexicoNovember 12thNovember 19th
New ZealandNovember 30thNovember 19th
Rest of AsiaNovember 30thNovember 27th
Rest of Latin AmericaNovember 13thNovember 18th
RussiaNovember 19thNovember 20th
ThailandNovember 27thNovember 30th
United KingdomDecember 10thDecember 10th
Western EuropeDecember 4thDecember 3rd
FEDEX – INTERNATIONALShipping Date
FedEx International Economy
Shipping Date
FedEx International Priority
Puerto RicoDecember 10thDecember 16th
CanadaDecember 10thDecember 16th
MexicoDecember 10thDecember 16th
Other DestinationsDecember 7thDecember 14th

The ecommerce holiday season unofficially kicked off in mid-October with Amazon’s Prime Day sales promotion, and it did so with a bigger focus on its marketplace sellers, or small businesses, versus its own products. Digital Commerce 360’s early analysis shows that these smaller businesses accounted for a larger percentage of Amazon’s overall sales as compared to previous Prime Day performance. Popular categories included online orders for home goods (especially bedding products), electronics, nutrition and crafts. Because of the higher performance of these smaller businesses during the Prime Day promotion, eFulfillment Service ecommerce fulfillment experts are expecting increases in FBA Prep services, as those online businesses replenish inventories sold on Prime Day. eFulfillment Service clients from startups to more seasoned internet retailers are all expecting higher online volumes, especially in categories supporting hobbies, comfort at home and health.

For the last several months, high volumes have impacted ecommerce retailers selling on Amazon and Walmart to internet artisans selling on Etsy, eBay and their own websites powered by Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento and other shopping carts. Shippers have had to increase resources to manage the higher online order volumes coming out of fulfillment centers, as consumers shopped more from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shippers and fulfillment centers alike dealt with workforce challenges, both recruiting to meet the higher workload and replace absent teammates who fell ill, needed to be quarantined or take care of children home from school. eFulfillment Service has seen internet order volumes 20% to 40% higher since March 2020, and expects the holiday season to follow those trends.

“We hire additional staff for the holiday season every year,” says Merry Hawley, eFulfillment Service’s Human Resources Manager. “This year we’re adding more staff than in a typical holiday season, and bringing them on earlier.”

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Holiday Shipping Dates 2020 for Ecommerce
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For internet retailers and ecommerce businesses, here's expert advice from a top multi-channel fulfillment center about shipping timelines for the 2020 holiday season.
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eFulfillment Service

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