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   Vol. 18 No. 77
Monday December 9, 2019
In 2019 Will The Grinch Wear Brown?
UPS, Will The Grinch Wear Brown

  In case you had not noticed, in the U.S. Thanksgiving came a little late this year so right now UPS & Fed Ex & USPS are playing catch up as the holiday rush comes hot and heavy.
So folks that traditionally leave it to the last minute might discover a Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) delivery may be their only option.

The Perfect Storm

  Last time this shortened shopping season occurred was in 2013, when these services were redlined by demand and bad weather with the end zone result—a public relations nightmare for express delivery.
  But in the past couple of years, UPS has added a half-dozen new sorting facilities in the U.S., and FedEx new handling equipment, and USPS new scanners.

Shoppers & Shippers Get A Move On

  But with six less shopping days until Christmas, and each service expecting about 30 million parcels a day at the height of the rush before Christmas, word up is that shoppers and shippers better move fast.
  UPS said it has been sending emails and social media alerts to customers.
  USPS said the postal service launched a direct mail campaign just before Thanksgiving to 100 million homes.
  That mailing by the way is regular SOP every year by USPS, but with an expected doubling of online buying in 2019, the upcoming crush could be considerable

Here Are Some Deadlines
U.S. Postal Service
Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments
Dec. 18: Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail
Dec. 19: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 20: First Class
Dec. 21: Priority Mail; Also deadline for Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland through Priority Mail Express
Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express
Dec. 9: SmartPost
Dec. 16: Ground and home delivery
Dec. 19: Express Saver
Dec. 20: Two-day options
Dec. 23: Overnight options
Dec. 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority
  United Parcel Service
Dec. 13: Last day to ship some UPS Ground packages
Dec. 19: UPS 3 Day Select
Dec. 20: 2nd Day Air
Dec. 23: Next Day Air
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