Guaranteed Christmas delivery deadlines are approaching

December 18, 2013|Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella

Consumers who want guaranteed Christmas delivery on their online purchases better act fast.

Most retailers -- 84.2 percent -- say guaranteed delivery for the holiday will end before Dec. 20, according to Shop.org's eHoliday survey, completed by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

And nearly three quarters of online sellers plan to end free shipping promotions on or before Dec. 20th.

"With Christmas falling on a Wednesday this year, we expect to see numerous offers from retailers for expedited and express shipping as we head into the final stretch and potentially biggest weekend of the holiday season," said Vicki Cantrell, executive director of Shop.org.

If you must procrastinate, don't worry. A third of companies are giving shoppers until Dec. 21 to jump on free or upgraded expedited shipping promotions. And nearly one fifth of the online stores surveyed will give customers shipping deals through Dec. 22.

For long distance shippers, nearly three quarters of retailers will have express two-day service up to Dec. 21 for Christmas delivery, while more than a quarter will allow shipping through Dec. 22 for a holiday arrival.

"Free shipping deals always help get last minute shoppers in gear,” Pam Goodfellow, Prosper's consumer insights director, said in a statement.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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