Important dates + deadlines in Q4

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To guide partners to a profitable Q4, we've created an important dates calendar filled with insider tips, tricks, notable holidays and shipping deadlines.   

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Key retail events

  • Singles' Day: Largest e-commerce shopping day in the world to celebrate China’s observation of being “single and proud.” Great way to reach Chinese consumers
  • Black Friday to Cyber Monday: Retailers celebrate the official start of the US holiday shopping season by offering special promotions and discounts
  • Small Business Saturday: Consumers are encouraged to shop small and local during the holiday season
  • Giving Tuesday: Holiday season kickoff event; consumers “give back” and donate to an organization/charity
  • Green Monday: “Cyber Monday” of December; best online sales day of the month
  • Free Shipping Day: Large and small online merchants offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve

Important shipping dates 

FedEx:

  • Dec 11: Deadline for FedEx SmartPost shipments
  • Dec 15: Deadline for FedEx Ground shipments
  • Dec 18: Deadline for FedEx Home Delivery shipments
  • Dec 19: Deadline for FedEx Express Saver shipments
  • Dec 20: Deadline for FedEx 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments
  • Dec 21: Deadline for FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments
  • Dec 25: Deadline for all FedEx SameDay shipments

UPS:

  • Dec 17: Deadline for UPS 3 Day Select shipments (delivery on Dec 21)
  • Dec 20: Deadline for UPS 2nd Day Air shipments (delivery on Dec 24)
  • Dec 21: Deadline for UPS Next Day Air shipments. (delivery on Dec 24) *Note that these packages must be processed and labeled for Saturday delivery, which is not available in all ZIP codes*
  • Dec 24: Pickup available for only Air and International Air packages if prearranged by Thursday, Dec 20
  • Dec 25: No pickup or delivery service, UPS Express Critical services available

USPS:

  • Dec 15: Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (Mail) shipments
  • Dec 20: Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments
  • Dec 23: Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments

Amazon:

  • Dec 15: Free shipping option deadline
  • Dec 18: Standard shipping option deadline
  • Dec 22: Two-day shipping deadline
  • Dec 23: One-day shipping deadline *In select cities*
  • Dec 24: Same-day delivery *9:30 am local time in select cities*
  • Dec 24: Two-hour delivery *9:45 p.m. local time or earlier in select cities. Free and exclusive for Prime members via Prime Now*

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