With Christmas 2018 now only a week away, it’s crucial that you’re aware of the delivery and collection schedules for your couriers.
Because it not only enables you to inform your customers of the cut-off dates for pre-Christmas delivery, but more importantly it ensures that you’re dispatching their orders on time.
So, what are the last posting dates for Christmas delivery?
To answer this, we’ve put together a handy guide detailing the last posting dates for guaranteed Christmas delivery, along with other relevant information you should be aware of during the peak festive period.
Royal Mail UK Service
As a Royal Mail user, you should be aware that the very latest you will be able to dispatch your orders for guaranteed Christmas delivery will be Saturday 22nd December, with the Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed service.
This cut-off date will be as early as Tuesday 18th December for 2nd class options, Thursday 20th December for 1st class and Friday 21st December for Royal Mail’s Tracked 24 service.
For more information, along with international shipping deadlines, have a read of this.
If you’re using Parcelforce, you will need to dispatch your parcels by no later than Friday 21st December for next-day delivery services (including express9, express10, expressAM, expressPM and express24) and by Thursday 20th September for two-day services (express48 and express48 large).
For domestic deliveries by DHL, you will need to dispatch your products by no later than Friday 21st December.
For guaranteed Christmas 2018 delivery to European destinations, you will need to ship by Thursday 20th December.
For USA, Canada and Mexico the deadline is 19th December and for Rest of World it is Tuesday 18th.
Take a look at DHL’s website for more information about their last posting dates for Christmas 2018 delivery.
If you are sending parcels within the UK, the last posting date for Yodel is Friday 21st December.
Below, you will find the Christmas 2018 delivery and collection schedule for UKMail.
Keep in mind that when using this service, the latest possible date for dispatch for Christmas delivery is Friday 21st December, using their next-day delivery service.
MyHermes recommend that you allow the 3-5 working days for courier collected parcels, and 2-4 working days for ParcelShop drop-offs. You can read more about their Christmas 2018 delivery schedule here.
As you can see from the image below, there will be no MyHermes courier collections or ParcelShop collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day, and no ParcelShop Collection on Sunday 23rd December.
Below, you can also see the Christmas 2018 customer support opening hours.
For MyHermes’ international deliveries, have a read of this.
So, there we have it
The last posting dates for Christmas 2018.
Securing the best delivery rates, not only at Christmas but all year round, should be a key consideration for your business. After all, the cost of delivery can impact customer satisfaction and even your bottom line.
With this in mind, it's important that you are using the best and most cost-effective courier service(s) for your business, based on your requirements. Take a look at this courier comparison to find out the cheapest rates for your business.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for inspiration on how best to capitalise on the potential influx in sales this Christmas, why not take a look at our tips and best practices here.