WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec 18, 2013/ — If you’re ordering online for your Christmas gifts, better make it now. Eight in 10 retailers will end their free standard shipping promotion before December 20th, says Shop.org.
According to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 84.2 percent of retailers say their standard shipping deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery will expire prior to Friday, December 20.
Free standard shipping offers will follow suit, as nearly three-quarters (74.2%) of retailers who already have or will offer a free standard shipping promotion say their promotion will expire on or before December 20th.
For those waiting until the last minute, one-third (33.3%) of companies that will offer a free or upgraded expedited shipping promotion say their customers will have until Saturday, December 21st to take advantage of the offer. Nearly two in five (19.4%) retailers will let their customers take advantage of that offer through Sunday, December 22nd, and 16.7 percent will go as late as Monday, December 23rd.
Families and friends with gifts to ship across the country should also take note: 73.5 percent of retailers will offer express two-day shipping as late as Saturday, December 21st for a guaranteed Christmas delivery, and another 26.5 percent will let procrastinators ship as late as Sunday, December 22nd. Nearly half (47.2%), however, say they are comfortable offering express one-day or overnight shipping as late as Monday, December 23rd for a guaranteed Christmas delivery.