Smart Business Holiday Shipping Tips for This Short Season

Here's how to get your packages where they need to go on time during this short holiday season.

Thanksgiving falls on November 28 this year, which means the season for holiday shipping is shorter than usual. In the weeks between turkey dinners and New Year’s toasts, more than 900 million packages will be processed and delivered.


Get your company’s packages out the door on time — or even early — with a little planning and the right resources. These tips can help.


Know your options

Package preparation can be a do-it-yourself project with your own boxes, tape, filler and elbow grease. Or, you can get help this year by bringing your business items to a shipping partner that will pack and ship them for you. To make sure your company’s bundles arrive on time and without damage, choose a partner with standard and express shipping options and guaranteed safe delivery.


Prep ahead of time

Streamline the shipping process with a few proactive steps:

  • Check deadlines. Save money and make sure your gifts arrive on time by investigating cut off dates for shipping. For example, the last day for UPS ground shipping with a guaranteed Christmas delivery is December 13th. 
  • Look up rates. Go online to calculate shipping costs, and get a head start on your labels to reduce your wait at the shipping counter. 
  • Review your supply needs. Buy shipping supplies early, and don't forget to test drive the new Flex & Seal Shipping Roll from Scotch™. It conforms to the shape of your package and seals without tape.


Choose the right partner

The holiday season brings good cheer — and late nights and long hours for many businesses. To get packages out the door on time, look for a shipping partner with extended holiday hours for after-work shipping and weekend service when you might find shorter wait times. It’s an added bonus if they sell packing materials to fill last-minute needs. Be sure to ask about holiday specials on shipping and supplies.


Stay updated
Sign up for email or text alerts that notify you when your business packages are delivered so you can rest easy knowing that your shipments arrived. These alerts also flag delivery issues so you can get shipping back on track if the unexpected happens. Use your unique package tracking numbers to check on packages anywhere along their journey and to confirm anticipated delivery days and times.


Visit your local Staples location for help with all your business holiday shipping needs.