According to a Fairfax study of online Christmas shopping habits, Aussie shoppers have already started gift-planning, with 71% of all presents to be bought online during the 6 week lead up to Christmas Day. Importantly, 41% will be purchased in early December, with 9% leaving it the very last minute. Worried yet?
Don’t ruin Christmas. Be sure to set expectations early and inform your customers of your key cut-off dates.
Disclaimer: These cut-off dates are based on Shippit’s approved carrier cut-offs and historical delivery data. These dates do not account for your pick & pack times or booking delays.
Recommended Cut-Off Dates
Please see below for key parcel collection dates. We split the country by East Coast (SYD, ACT, BNE, MEL), West Coast (PER) and Everywhere Else (ADL, DRW, TAS):
East Coast to East Coast: 18th December, 2017
East Coast to West Coast: 14th December, 2017
West Coast to West Coast: 18th December, 2017
West Cost to East Coast: 15th December, 2017
Everywhere else: 12th December, 2017
Exceptions where delivery cut-offs can be extended:
Same City Deliveries: 20th December, 2017
3-Hour / Timeslot Same Day Deliveries: 23rd December, 2017
Christmas Trading Hours
Please note that Shippit and it’s approved carrier partners (Couriers Please, Fastway, TNT, DHL & Bonds Express) will be trading as follows:
24th December 2017: Closed
27 / 28 / 29 December 2017: Limited Pickups & Deliveries
1st January 2017: Closed
Demand is forecast to be significant this season. Resolutions, collections and re-deliveries will be challenging. We recommend you apply Authority to Leave on parcels where you can as this reduces delivery issues. Automate this via your Carrier Settings panel.
To have your best holiday season yet, find out how you can use the last mile to boost Christmas Revenue, and how you can benefit by offering same-day delivery.