National Spotlight: UPS, Amazon give tips for holiday shipping deadlines

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Looking to get your last-minute gifts delivered before the holidays? Don’t wait much longer than this week, unless perhaps you have Amazon Prime.

The online retail giant announced it is expanding Prime delivery to 8,000 cities and towns from 5,000 previously and for some Prime members in a handful of cities, including Miami, Manhattan and Denver, with purchases of $35 or more. That means Amazon will deliver gifts up until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 24, writes Alessandra Malito on marketwatch.com

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For Amazon  Prime-less customers, orders with free shipping must be placed by Dec. 15. The last day to place an order with standard (paid) shipping is Dec. 18. The deadline for Amazon Prime orders is Dec. 22.

The United States Postal Service suggests all orders with retail ground shipping be placed by Dec. 14. First class mail should be ordered by Dec. 19, priority mail by Dec. 20 and priority express by Dec. 2

 UPS  says the last day to get its 3-Day Select service is Dec. 18. Two-day air service is available for deliveries ordered by Dec. 21, but they must be labeled for Saturday delivery (which is not available to all ZIP codes). Saturday delivery fees are $16 per package.
FedEx  ground shipping will not be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 23, the company says, but other services, such as FedEx Express, will be delivered on that Saturday for a $16 delivery fee per package if Saturday service is selected (this includes First Overnight, Priority Overnight and 2Day services). Orders should be placed by Dec. 15.

United Parcel Service  last week warned shoppers of delivery delays after a bottleneck of Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders. The company said it rented more delivery trucks and has employees clocking extra hours to push out deliveries in a timely manner.

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