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Avoid Shipageddon this Holiday Shipping Season

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

holiday-shipping-stats-7-millionThe 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 Shipageddonholiday-shipping-stats-77

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.

Executive Advertising Customized Holiday Gifts

Executive Advertising Customized Holiday Gifts

Executive Advertising Branded Holiday Gifts

Holiday Parties are Out, WFH Swag Bags are In

It is no surprise that with a record number of employees working from home this year, most of us will also be spending our holidays at home. For many businesses, 2020 has brought a major shift to staff working remotely, zoom meetings (with the occasional dog, cat or baby cameo), and even turning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) into, not only essential, but fashionable accessories.

As we enter the 4th quarter of this year, that is no exception – businesses must adapt to the way holidays are celebrated. Have you thought about how your business is spreading cheer to your employees during the holidays this year? That may mean planning a virtual corporate gathering, hosting an outdoor socially distanced event – or shipping a holiday swag bag straight to their home office!

What is a holiday swag bag?

We like to call it a party in a box – it can also be described as a collection of curated promotional products or employee appreciation gifts that are personalized with your company’s logo.

These are not just branded holiday gifts for employees, this is a totally new experience for your work from home staff – a surprise swag bag they get to unwrap at the end of the year.

The best part is, to build your own remote employee swag kit, all you really have to do is choose the items – the rest can be taken care of by your promotional products vendor; from the printing and assembly, to even drop shipping each package directly to your employee’s doorstep.

Follow these 5 steps to create your ultimate holiday swag bag:

  1. Sdownload the swag bag checklistet a budget.
    • Decide how much you are willing to dedicate per employee and stick to it. Remember this amount will cover the swag bag itself, the promos inside, art set-up charges, tax, and shipping. At Executive Advertising, our set-up fees are always free! That means more dollars in your budget to spend on your employees. An average starting point for a holiday swag bag is $30-40 per person.
  2. Determine the number of items.
    • Too few items, and your employees will be left feeling underwhelmed and underappreciated. Too many items, and your budget may start to spread too thin. Our recommendation is putting between 4-6 items inside your custom holiday appreciation kits.
  3. Choose your bag.
    • How do you want your items to be packaged? We suggest a zippered tote bag or sporty drawstring backpack. Another option is a custom gift box with die cut foam, however, be aware these may increase both your budget and production time.
  4. Select your items.
  5. Place your order and send in your logo.
    • Contact us for a quote or to place your order. You should also receive an art proof with your logo on each item before it heads to production. As the cherry on top, you can tell your employees “Happy Holidays!” by sending an insert card to be included in each kit.
  6. BONUS STEP for the lazy gift giver.
    • Forget about distributing the swag bags yourself — for a flat fee per box, we will drop ship your custom kits directly to each of your employees.

Show your staff that you are grateful for their loyalty and hard work this year by sending these employee appreciation gifts. You will not only end the year on a positive note with these swag bags, but will also be gearing up your WFH team to start out 2021 stronger than ever.

Head to Executive Advertising now to pick out the items for your customized holiday kits, and we will do the rest of the work! Don’t forget to download the holiday swag bag checklist to help build your perfect kit.