Beware of last order dates for Christmas

Christmas season is here and everyone will be trying to pack in as much shopping, wrapping and sending as possible.

We here at Rock Solid Deliveries will be busy with many same day courier items, and we never close (handy to know!) Do you know however that final order dates for many big-name retailers are going to be earlier this year? In 2018 many retailers went right down to the wire with last orders as late as Christmas Eve. However this year, we have seen evidence that this will not be the case and many businesses will have cut-off dates around 20/21st December.

 

The last few years have seen final order dates move closer and closer to Christmas Day itself, but this year there appears to be a complete reversal in this. The problem with having dates so late while guaranteeing delivery for Christmas is that the retailers literally have to deliver! There is nothing worse for their business image than having delivery problems the day before Christmas and meaning that presents do not arrive for being opened on 25th December. Retailers have figured that if they bring last order dates forward, any problems can be taken account of meaning that this dreaded scenario can be avoided. Of course, the trade-off for them is that they will miss out on some of the ‘last minute market’ but this is really a risk that some organisations do not want to run. Clearly though there will always be some retailers that will still offer guaranteed delivery right until the end, so you need to look around at final delivery dates so you can see what time you have on your hands.

 

Our advice is to get ordering and finished Christmas shopping as early as possible. This avoids any potential problems or complications closer to Christmas. You can then focus on wrapping the items and sending them onwards for delivery if they are going further afield.  At this point, there is where Rock Solid Deliveries can become very useful to you. As Christmas approaches and time gets short, same day delivery can become a very important and vital service. We never close so are always available for those last minute shipments!

Why not talk to us about your requirements and see how we can ensure your parcels or gifts arrive in-time for their recipients?

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