Friday is free shipping day; deadlines loom for holiday shipping

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Friday marks free shipping day in the United States! It’s one of the last chances for retailers to make sure your gifts arrive in time for the Christmas holiday.

Some 1,000 retailers are expected to participate, including Amazon, which is offering free standard shipping until Tuesday.

Americans are expected to spend $123-billion shopping online this Holiday Season.

With those packages comes delivery problems, though, including doorstep thefts.

But not all issues are devious – sometimes it’s just a mix-up in the mail. Other times, it can be hard to find where a package is supposed to go.

Delivery companies say they see nearly double the number of packages during the holidays.

Adding extra seasonal workers means some may need extra training.

They want you to report any problems by calling the shipping companies or using their website chat tools.


Dec. 17 is the last day to ship via FedEx ground and FedEx Home Delivery.

Dec. 21 is the deadline for sending something using FedEx’s standard overnight, priority overnight and first overnight services.

As for UPS, Dec. 18 is the last day to ship UPS 3-day sect for delivery by Christmas Eve.

At the post office, Dec. 14 is the last day to send package retail ground.

Dec. 20 is the last day to send packages by priority mail and also first class mail.

If you want free standard shipping from Amazon, Dec. 14 is the last day to order.

For two-day shipping on Amazon, Dec. 22 is the last day to order. offers a full rundown of all the deadlines and you can always check the websites of individual shippers as well.

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