The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has quite literally changed everything in our normal day to day routine—we’re communicating through zoom calls, socializing virtually or at least a distance, working mostly from home, and shopping exclusively online or by the occasional curbside pickup.
The Only Guarantee in 2020, is That There Are No Guarantees
The holiday season is no different – you can count on changes happening here too. Expect extra hustle and bustle this time of year, particularly when you are mailing or waiting for a package. With major logistics companies and carriers like UPS, FedEx and USPS already shipping at near capacity, no delivery timeframe is guaranteed. Now, factor in holiday shipping.
Because of increased delivery volume and staffing shortages due to COVID, the major carriers have suspended any delivery guarantees. UPS stopped its service guarantee in March, and this is still in effect. FedEx put a halt to its money-back guarantee for their services until further notice. The United States Postal Service extended their Priority Mail and First-Class commitments by an extra day back in April. And it’s reported that up to 7 million packages a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas could face possible delay during this holiday shipping period.
Don’t Get Your Holiday Shipping Caught in Shipageddon
According to a holiday research survey by Accenture, 77% of shoppers still want purchases delivered directly to their homes. Most consumers have been understanding when it comes to product availability and transit times over the past 7 months, but patience is starting to diminish. Supply chains are now racing to ensure they can meet the holiday demand during this peak season.
As a consumer, to avoid the inevitable Shipageddon, the answer is simple: SHOP NOW! But seriously, don’t wait until the eleventh hour to order your employees their branded holiday promos or pick out custom Executive Gifts for your customers.
Shop Now, So We Can Ship Early
Let’s work together to ensure your customized promotional gifts arrive before the end of the year! As you do your part to order now (or early as possible), we will do everything we can to get your logo’d gifts shipped out ASAP. Executive Advertising is helping to mitigate this holiday shipping situation by working with our supply chain and have created a list of customized products that, although we cannot promise transit times, we are offering expanding ground shipping services for: Customized Gifts with Expanded Holiday Shipping Services for 2020.