2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines that Retailers Must Know [Free Downloadable Schedule]4 min read

You’re probably rushing around frantically trying to get everything ready in time for the holiday season rush. Well, you and every other eCommerce retailer in the country. One of the vital areas you need to plan out in advance is shipping. Get that sorted out, and you’ll avoid a major headache later. As most of you will be using FedEx and UPS to ship out your packages to customers, we’ve put together the consolidated holiday schedules for both carriers to make things easier for you. A printable copy of the table is available for easy reference, so you can take a copy of it, and you’ll be all set. Happy shipping!

UPS Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving

November 21– Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Nov. 23. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Nov. 26

November 22– UPS holiday. Only Express Critical service available

November 24– UPS OnCall Pickup service available for UPS Air and International Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground packages available in select metro area ZIP codes.

Christmas

December 21– UPS pickup and delivery service. Last day to ship UPS Next Day Air packages for Dec. 24 delivery. UPS Next Day Air service may also be available for delivery on Dec. 22

December 22– UPS On-Call Pickup service available for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground packages available in many metro area ZIP codes.

December 23– No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available.

December 24– UPS delivery service. Pickup service available only for Air and international Air packages if prearranged by Dec. 20. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes are available for Air and international Air packages.

December 25– No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available.

New year’s

December 27– Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Dec. 28. UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Dec. 31

December 28– Normal pickup and delivery service. UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Dec. 31

December 29– UPS On-Call Pickup service available for UPS Air and international Air packages. Pickup and delivery of UPS Ground packages will be available in many metro area ZIP codes.

December 31– Pickup service available only for Air and international Air packages if prearranged by Dec. 27. UPS On-Call Pickup service and UPS Drop Boxes available for Air and international Air packages.

January 1– No UPS pickup or delivery service. UPS Express Critical service is available.

UPS Holiday Schedule

 

FedEx Holiday Calendar

Thanksgiving

November 21– FedEx Office will close by 6 p.m.  FedEx Money-Back Guarantee for FedEx Express shipments suspended for shipments delivered within 90 minutes of the published delivery commitment time.

November 22– Per Money-Back Guarantee, shipments scheduled for delivery on a holiday will be delivered the next business day. Only FedEx custom critical available.

November 23– Early on-call pickups and drop box closings in some areas for FedEx Express. FedEx Freight unavailable.

Christmas

December 18– FedEx Express shipments delivered by the end of the day on published delivery commitment dates between December 18 and 24 are not eligible for the FedEx Money-Back Guarantee.

December 22– Saturday dropoffs are available at various convenient locations. FedEx SmartPost will make deliveries, but not pickups. FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight unavailable.

December 23– FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, and FedEx Freight unavailable.

December 24– FedEx Express stations on-call pickups, and drop boxes will be closed in some areas. FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Freight unavailable.

December 25– FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight, FedEx Office, and FedEx Trade Networks unavailable. Only FedEx custom critical available.

New year’s

December 29– FedEx Ground, FedEx SmartPost, and FedEx Freight unavailable.

December 30– FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, and FedEx Freight unavailable.

December 31– FedEx Express stations, on-call pickups, and drop boxes will close early in some areas. FedEx Home Delivery unavailable. FedEx Freight will be open with only prearranged pickup and delivery shipments being made.

January 1– FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight, FedEx Office, and FedEx Trade Networks unavailable. Only custom critical available.

FedEx Holiday Schedule 2018

 

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