It’s important to know about these days and what potential delays you may encounter. With various hindrances to the USPS & UPS (including covid-19 and the upcoming holidays) it becomes even more important to plan ahead to ensure that the gifts you send to your contacts arrive at an appropriate time.

Important things to review and setup in your Postal account include (but is not limited to):

  • Add Funds (we suggest to enable Auto Reload to avoid Processing Errors due to Insufficient Balance - please understand the consequences of this action)
  • Set a Budget (or disable it to avoid Processing Errors due to Insufficient Budget - please understand the consequences of this action)
  • Approve Marketplace items in Postal for you and your team(s) to send
  • Setup up Campaigns, Playbooks and Triggers - have a strategy for each

USPS Holiday Schedule

Columbus Day: Monday, October 12th, 2020

USPS locations will be closed with no delivery service on this federal holiday. It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Friday, October 9th.

• USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Thursday, October 8th

• Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Wednesday, October 7th

• First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Wednesday, October 7th

• USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 2nd

• USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 2nd

Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

USPS locations will be closed with no delivery service on this federal holiday. It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Monday, November 9th.

• USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by November 8th

• Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 6th

• First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 6th

• USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 30th

• USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, October 30th

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26th, 2020

One of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Thanksgiving is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November. USPS stores countrywide will be closed with no delivery.

It’s recommended that shipments arrive by Monday, November 23rd. It’s important to check with your local branch to learn the USPS holiday hours. The estimated USPS holiday shipping deadline for Thanksgiving is as follows:

• USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Saturday, November 21st

• Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 20th

• First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Friday, November 20th

• USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, November 13th

• USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, November 13th

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020

Friday, November 27th and Monday, December 1st

Two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday arrives right after Thanksgiving with Cyber Monday the next Monday. eCommerce merchants experience high volumes of orders during this weekend rush due to the numerous sales and deals offered across the industry.

In most situations, sales are extended the whole week with heightened shipping volumes all through; unlike other holidays, this is considered one of the busiest times for shipping couriers.

To help fulfill shipping volumes, USPS maintains its normal operations for both ground and air services. Since customers may make purchases on Black Friday or during cyber Monday, you shouldn’t be worried about deliveries as the courier will ship in the course of the week. Be sure to check the USPS holiday hours at your local branch during this busy season.

Christmas Day: Friday, December 25th, 2020

On Christmas, USPS stores countrywide will be closed with no delivery. However, due to huge volumes of shipping in the lead up to Christmas, some USPS offices will remain the two previous Sundays to handle the volume of shipments. It’s best to check with your local branch for the USPS holiday hours.

This should provide ample time for eCommerce stores to make their shipments in time for Christmas. The estimated USPS holiday shipping deadline for Christmas is as follows:

• USPS Priority Mail Express: Next day, ship by Tuesday, December 22nd

• Priority Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Monday, December 21st

• First-class Mail: 1-3 days, ship by Monday, December 21st

• USPS media mail: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, December 16th

• USPS retail ground: 2 to 8 days, ship by Friday, December 16th

Additionally, given the uncertainty of the continued COVID19 pandemic, there could be future disruptions.

UPS Holiday Schedule

Columbus Day: Monday, October 12

Although Columbus Day is officially a holiday, the UPS schedule shows that the courier will maintain normal operations for the day. This means all ground, air, and freight will ship as normal and UPS store locations will be open. So, you don’t need to offer specific shipping cutoff dates for this holiday, since your shipments will be handled normally.

Veteran’s Day: Wednesday, November 11

Since this holiday is about recognizing America’s veterans for their service to their country, it’s not what’s considered a statutory holiday. So, once again, UPS will operate its courier services as usual, and its stores will operate with their normal hours.

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26

According to the 2020 UPS holiday schedule, Thanksgiving is a major holiday, so the company won’t offer any delivery or pickup services on this day. Most UPS store locations will be closed, and all UPS ground, freight, and air services will be suspended for the day. The only exception, once again, is UPS Express Critical, which you can use to send emergency shipments. If you intend to ship around Thanksgiving, these are the deadlines you should keep in mind:

UPS Ground Shipping: November 20

UPS Next Day Air: November 25

UPS 2nd Day Air: November 23

UPS 3 Day Select: November 20

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020

Friday, November 27th and Monday, December 1st

Black Friday is always the day immediately after Thanksgiving; this is swiftly followed by Cyber Monday, which is the following Monday. In both cases, retailers see a massive surge in online shopping due to the incredible deals that are available on these days. Sometimes, the sales are extended for a full week, which means that shipping volumes are huge for several days. It’s considered one of the busiest times on the holiday schedule.

To assist with this, on Black Friday, the courier will maintain normal operations for ground and air services, and keep stores open; however, its freight services will be temporarily suspended for the day. But, for Cyber Monday (and the rest of the week), you can expect to use the full complement of services. Since purchases on your store will be made on Black Friday or Cyber Monday and not before the holiday itself, you shouldn’t need to worry about shipping cutoffs for this weekend.

Christmas: Thursday, December 24 - Friday, December 25

The UPS holiday schedule for 2020 shows that on Christmas Eve, the courier will operate almost as normal. Parcel delivery will operate normally, but pickup for air shipments must be scheduled before December 18. Freight services will be closed, and UPS stores will operate with modified hours. Christmas Day is another major holiday so the courier will not offer any pickup or delivery services on this day; additionally, all UPS stores will be closed and no freight services will be offered. Of course, UPS Express Critical shipments will still be accepted. Your Christmas cutoff dates for UPS should be:

UPS Ground Shipping: December 16

UPS Next Day Air: December 18

UPS 2nd Day Air: December 18

UPS 3 Day Select: December 19

New Year’s: Thursday, December 31, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021

On New Year’s Eve, UPS will operate with a slightly modified service. Deliveries will only be available for air services; for pickups, air services must be scheduled by December 18. No freight will be operating, and UPS store locations will have shorter hours. On New Year’s Day, no services will be available, except, again, UPS Critical Express. If you need an order to arrive before New Year’s, these are the shipping deadlines you should use:

UPS Ground Shipping: December 18

UPS Next Day Air: December 18

UPS 2nd Day Air: December 18

UPS 3 Day Select: December 18

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