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Potential nor’easter threatens to exacerbate shipping delays, warn USPS and retailers

The U.S. Postal Service and retail giant Target are warning of potential shipping delays from a nor’easter due to hit this week, on top of record package volume and lower-than-usual staffing levels due to Covid-19.



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More than 47 million people are under some sort of winter storm watch or warning as heavy snow is expected to blanket parts of the Northeast this week.

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The severe weather, which began Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, is forecast to produce not only significant snow in the Northeast, but also freezing rain and ice across portions of central Virginia and North Carolina.

The storm comes as the nation enters what is traditionally one of the busiest weeks for shipping holiday gifts. Buyers have ramped up their online shopping during the pandemic this year, straining logistics systems that have also had to take additional precautions to protect essential

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These 60 retailers set holiday shipping deadlines

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — This year, shipping is an issue that most shoppers will face due to less holiday celebrations, and more people mailing gifts to their loved ones.

According to a survey performed by Offers.com last month, the majority of shoppers are either shipping gifts or considering shipping gifts this year.

To help consumers plan ahead and keep costs down, Offers.com created a comprehensive guide to holiday shipping deadlines.

Offers.com released the following shipping deadlines for FedEx, UPS, USPS for major retailers:

Abercrombie & Fitch

Free shipping requirements: Offers vary for free shipping

Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 4 (per a banner on Abercrombie’s homepage).

Expedited shipping deadline: Dec. 22 by 12 p.m. EST (next-day shipping for $22). However, Abercrombie has a disclaimer saying delays may be “beyond our control.”

Allen Edmonds

Free shipping requirements: $100 or more

Free/Standard shipping deadline: Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. CST

Expedited shipping deadline:

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Retailers facing shipping crunch

NEW YORK — A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays.

The earlier-than-usual deadlines were announced as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a logjam for shipping companies as well as delivery delays. For some retailers, like H&M and Lego, the deadlines have passed.

Jason Goldberg, chief commerce strategy officer at Publicis Communications, part of Publicis Groupe SA, estimates that a majority of retailers have pushed up deadlines by at least a day or two, and about a quarter by at least a week. Meanwhile, behemoths like Walmart, Target and Best Buy haven’t had to make big changes because they’ve already transformed their stores into shipping hubs for online orders. That makes them less

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Early Shipping Deadlines Could Help Walmart, Target, and Other Retailers This Holiday

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The long Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend might not have been as critical—or as successful—for retailers this year. But Keybanc Capital Markets is still upbeat about the holiday season as a whole, and is getting more optimistic on some retailers ahead of early shipping deadlines.

Analyst Edward Yruma took a look at omnichannel retailers Friday, writing that data indicates that traffic could inflect next week—a week earlier than during normal years. That’s because shipping backlogs will push up delivery deadlines for Christmas.

In this environment, retailers like

Walmart

(WMT),

Target

(TGT), and

Nordstrom

(JWN) are well positioned, given their curbside and in-store pickup capabilities, he says. In addition, Nordstrom, along with Farfetch (FTCH) and

Etsy

(ETSY), should benefit from higher luxury e-commerce spending. He raised his Nordstrom price target to $35 from $30, his Etsy target to $180 from $160, and

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Retailers urge shoppers to buy early amid shipping crunch

NEW YORK (AP) — A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays.

The earlier-than-usual deadlines come as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a logjam for shipping companies as well as delivery delays. For some retailers, like H&M and Lego, the deadlines have passed.

Jason Goldberg, chief commerce strategy officer at Publicis Communications, part of Publicis Groupe SA, estimates that a majority of retailers have pushed up deadlines by at least a day or two, and about a quarter by at least a week. Meanwhile, behemoths like Walmart, Target and Best Buy haven’t had to make big changes because they’ve already transformed their stores into shipping hubs for online orders. That makes them less

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Better order those gifts now. Retailers are warning of shipping delays as millions shop online. Here’s what to know

This isn’t the year to procrastinate on your online holiday shopping.



a van parked on a city street: With'' Christmas Creep'' pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier, stretching the limits of already-strained shipping networks, FedEx and United Parcel Service are girding for their biggest test yet in the e-commerce era.


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With” Christmas Creep” pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier, stretching the limits of already-strained shipping networks, FedEx and United Parcel Service are girding for their biggest test yet in the e-commerce era.

Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online.

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Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx say they have been handling package volumes usually seen during the height of the holidays all year as people shop online to avoid trips to stores during the pandemic.

Now that the holidays have arrived, online sales are still growing. Consumers spent a record $10.8 billion on Cyber Monday, up 15.1% compared with last year, even after earlier-than-usual deals shifted some sales to before Thanksgiving, according to Adobe Analytics.

People choosing not to

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Retailers warn of shipping delays during holiday season

This isn’t the year to procrastinate on your online holiday shopping.

Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online.

Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx say that for most of 2020 they have been handling package volumes usually seen during the height of the holidays as people shop online to avoid trips to stores during the pandemic.

People choosing not to travel during the pandemic are also expected to ship more gifts to loved ones. Here’s what to know to make sure gifts arrive on time.

Stretching delivery capacity

Retailers and shipping companies have been preparing for extra packages. UPS and FedEx said they are hiring 100,000 and 70,000 seasonal workers respectively, and both say they are doing more weekend deliveries.

Still, the industry’s capacity could be short by up to 7 million packages a

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