Do not wait the last minute ! This week is the last chance to get Christmas presents on time – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With a holiday shopping season marked by shortages and supply chain constraints, waiting until the last minute to buy or send a gift this year may be too late.
It’s the last weekend for shopping and packages always arrive on time for Christmas using standard shipping methods.
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Tuesday 14 Decembere, is the last average day to order from most online retailers and packages always arrive on time.
Wednesday 15 Decembere is the deadline at FedEx and the US Post Office to use Standard Ground Shipping.
UPS tells customers to check its website for ground shipping times, but says Dec. 21st this is when you will need to start using the airline options to get packages on time.
Even that may not be a guarantee this year, according to Nathan Hutson, a professor at the University of North Texas who studies ports, freight and logistics. When there were reinforcements at the ports, a shortage of trucks and full warehouses, air cargo began to be used more frequently.
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âA lot of the cargo is carried in the bellies of planes, and so any time you see shortages, flight cancellations, that also has an impact,â he said. “Or just the fact that there still aren’t that many planes coming and going.”
Polls show buyers are expecting and perhaps even anticipating delays this year. Deloitte Insights found that 63% of North Texas shoppers started shopping at the start of this year.
The USPS said it began planning for the season in early 2021, after seeing an almost 50% increase in packages sent in 2020.
This preparation may be enough to offset the crisis of a last-minute rush, but Hutson says it has been difficult for consumers to adjust their behavior, unsure of all supply and price changes.
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“Everything indicates that this is not a total disaster,” he said. “It’ll just be the Christmas rush, and the Christmas-related shortages that always happen will just be more noticeable than they would be in a normal year.”