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December 3, 2020

Your 2020 Holiday Packing & Shipping Guide

The holidays can be a hectic time. Shipping gifts to your far-away loved ones can feel like just one more stressful task this season, but PostNet is here to make it easier for you. We’re bringing you our best tips to help take the hassle out of holiday shipping in 2020!


Avoiding Delays

Shipping carriers have been operating at peak capacity (volume usually only seen around the holidays) since March this year. The pandemic has driven many people to ship items or shop online in order to stay home and avoid exposure. Now that the holidays are coming up, there’s a peak on top of a peak — amounting to an estimated additional 7 million packages per DAY! Shipping carriers have already begun to experience problems and delays.

So how can you ensure on-time delivery of your packages? The best advice we can offer is to ship EARLY. Shipping carriers have also suspended the guarantees that they usually offer around on-time delivery. Your local PostNet center can make recommendations to give you the best shot at avoiding delayed deliveries this holiday season.


Fool-Proof Packing Tips

If you’re shipping a thoughtful gift, especially something fragile or not easily replaceable, don’t just toss it in a box and leave it to chance. Especially given the unusually high package volume this year, shipping carriers are focused on moving packages as quickly and efficiently as possible — which means that you shouldn’t count on your box being “handled with care.”

Reusing an old box or packing materials, or using nonstandard packing materials like clothing, newspaper, or plastic bags to cushion your items, will increase the chances that the contents of your package will be damaged in transit. Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like having a thoughtfully chosen gift show up in pieces!

Letting an expert pack your gift for you with new materials is the best way to ensure that your item will reach its destination in perfect shape — or that you will get reimbursed if loss or damage does occur (claims can be denied if the shipment was improperly packed). PostNet packing experts are trained to pack according to shipping carrier guidelines, and can provide all the materials you need.


When to Ship

PostNet works with all major shipping carriers in order to provide our customers with options and flexibility. When you bring your gift to ship, we can walk you through your choices and help you select the right option based on your budget and timing needs. 

This year, shipping carriers are recommending the below dates to get your gifts delivered by Christmas Day.* However, we strongly suggest shipping as early as possible to avoid delays due to this year’s extra busy shipping season.

  • 12/8: USPS Military Priority Mail
  • 12/14: UPS / FedEx / USPS Ground 
  • 12/18: UPS 3-Day Select, FedEx Express Saver & USPS Priority Mail
  • 12/21: FedEx / UPS 2-Day
  • 12/23: FedEx / UPS Next Day

Also, keep in mind that the faster a gift needs to reach its destination, the more the service will cost. Ground shipping services are the least expensive, but they take longer. In 2020, shipping as early as possible will provide peace of mind while also saving you money! If you must ship closer to the holidays, choosing an air shipping service is the best way to get your package there on time.

Hanukkah begins December 10 in 2020, and Kwanzaa begins December 26. Be sure to adjust the above dates accordingly to get gifts delivered in time for these holidays.


Ready to get your packages on their merry way? We’re here to help! Find your nearest PostNet center and stop by today.


*Dates are for estimated delivery before 12/25/20. Delivery date not guaranteed and may vary depending on origin, destination and other conditions including unexpectedly high volume. Please note that carriers have cancelled delivery and service guarantees this year.


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