December is practically half-over, meaning the holidays are officially in full swing. They're in such full swing that, despite preparations for a busy gift-giving season, UPS and FedEx are both swamped with their holiday loads. Per a Wall Street Journal report (paywall), the two companies "are straining to keep up with holiday shipping volumes that have blown past expectations." Both companies planned for a busier holiday season than usual, extending delivery windows, hiring or relocating additional seasonal hands to offset the labor, and dialing back promises that they could deliver on time.
Per The Journal, many customers have experienced delays of a day or two.
This means it's more important than ever to place your orders now (last week, really). Some of the most important shipping deadlines hit this week, so it's time to get a jump on things. Here's a guide with those deadlines for shipping with FedEx, UPS, and USPS, so your presents arrive just in time to stick under the Christmas tree.
For those ordering online, here a few other useful deadlines for specific retailers to keep in mind. And remember, plan ahead -- don't be like that guy from that Hey Arnold! Christmas special.