Holiday package delivery deadlines

- Here we are now two weeks away from Christmas. Still plenty of time to shop, but delivery deadlines are near.

Let's start with UPS. Many of you have complained in recent weeks that your packages through UPS have been arriving late. Well, UPS delivers for Amazon and Walmart. And, boy, did they get behind from this year's Cyber Monday sales. The shipping giant says it's catching up.  

Here are the UPS holiday shipping deadlines for you.  
    Dec. 18 - three-day shipments.
    Dec. 20 - two-day delivery.
    Dec. 22 - Next Day
 *Note this doesn't accommodate all zip codes, so check first.

OK, let's take a look at FedEx.  
     Dec. 15 - ground shipments
     Dec. 18 - home delivery 
     Dec. 19 - Express Saver.
     Dec. 20 - two-day shipments
     Dec. 21 - Next Day
*Now some packages will be delivered on the 23rd, but there is a $16 fee per package. Check with FedEx for details.

And finally, there's the US Post Office.
I know many of the neighborhood online threads have revealed complaints for months about "no (mail) delivery," mail delivered to the "wrong address" and no "carrier assigned." That's unsettling with holiday mail delivery upon us.

When pressed about this, the Post Office communications department wrote to us:

“The Postal Service is committed to making safe, timely and accurate deliveries. We are prepared to deliver the more than 15 billion pieces of mail expected nationwide during the holiday season, our busiest time of the year. As we do every year, we recently have hired seasonal workers and we are flexing our network in the early mornings, evenings and Sundays as warranted to ensure timely deliveries. Customer feedback is important to us and helps us to quickly rectify service issues if they may arise. In fact, the earlier customers notify us of possible issues, the sooner we can resolve them. To share general concerns, complaints or compliments, customers can call our toll-free number at 800-ASK-USPS (275-8777) at any time.”

So the reason for the concerns is still unclear, but here are the deadlines for the US Post Office.
    Dec. 14 - retail ground.
    Dec. 16 - First Class packages.
    Dec. 19 - First Class mail.
    Dec. 20 - Priority Mail 
    Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express.

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