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Going, going, gone...shipping deadlines for holiday delivery

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Christmas is fast approaching and with each passing day, your choices on how to ship your gifts become more limited.  With E-commerce hitting an all-time high this year, more stress is being put on shipping companies to meet the Christmas deadline. 

“I will order online with a lot of our local stores and then I will have it shipped wherever I need it,” said Fairhope resident, Jeanna Pilot.

Pilot isn’t alone.  Forecasters expect there to be more than one trillion dollars in holiday sales between the months of November and January in 2017 with E-commerce accounting for a tenth of it.  

“Starting last year and this year I do a lot more buying online because you can find more things it seems like that can fit your needs so you can Google anything and find it so I probably do more,” said Denise Calcaterra.  

An increase in digital sales of around 20 percent this holiday season is putting a strain on shipping services.  Those services have been advising customers to ship sooner than later if they want their package to arrive on time.  

According to Consumer Reports, Monday, December 18 is the last day for standard shipping from major online retailers, Wednesday, December 20 for express shipping and Thursday, December 21 for overnight.  Amazon is offering two-day Shipping with a delivery deadline of Friday, December 22.

The US Postal Service has a deadline of Tuesday, December 19 for First Class, Wednesday for Priority and Friday for Priority Express.

Not everyone will be feeling the pressure of meeting the deadlines.  Calcaterra said she does ship a few packages off early, but doesn’t worry if something doesn’t make it.

“Well, I would if I was an on time person, but I’m not so I probably ship late,” she said.

Market analysts are predicting an increase in retail sales to also be up four and a half percent this year.  That’s being attributed to families having more disposable income and a boost in consumer confidence.

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