Santa Claus has it easy. With a workshop full of elves making and wrapping presents, and magic reindeer to fly him around the world, he doesn’t have to worry whether or not little children will wake up to presents under the tree. Online retailers, however, aren’t so lucky. Not only do you have to make and stock your products, you have to deal with the hassle of getting them to customers during the busiest shipping time of the year.
With 44% of Americans shopping online last year, and more than 40% of them waiting to start their holiday shopping until December1, eCommerce businesses have unique challenges during the holiday rush. If you don’t have your own elves and reindeer, here are three things that you can you do to prepare for the holiday season and make sure that your customers get their orders on time.
The holiday season is well under way! Is your eCommerce business ready for the high volume, shipping deadlines, and demanding shipping requests and services? We’ve compiled these 5 handy tips to help you through the holiday rush.
1. Mark important shipping service dates
Make sure you know when FedEx, UPS and USPS are open for service. Here are their shipping calendar for November and December 2013:
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