Shipping tips for holiday packages

Nicholas Lerma
FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2012 file photo, Nicholas Lerma gets packages ready for shipping at the Amazon.com 1.2 million square foot fulfillment center in Phoenix. Amazon.com is getting into the holiday spirit, adding booze to its one-hour delivery service in Manhattan. Until now, it was only Seattle that could imbibe within an hour via Amazon, but the company would not say Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 if it was expanding that convenience elsewhere. The beer, wine and spirits delivered in Manhattan will come from the food market Eataly. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — We’re only two days away from the busiest shipping day of the year.

If you don’t want to pay extra for shipping there is now less than a week to get your packages shipped.

According to U-P-S your packages need to be sent by Friday December 18th if you want them to make it in time for Christmas. Another thing that could affect your package making it on time is the Black Friday rush.

Retailers like Target broke online sales records on Cyber Monday. That rush could turn into delays in shipping.

If that does happen.could mean packages don’t make it to consumers on time and retailers have to refund orders or offer other compensation like they did in 2013.

The busiest shipping day of the year is Monday December 14th, and if you are expecting a delivery be aware that there are people who have been caught, even here in western Massachusetts, trying to take packages off people front doorsteps.

There are however steps you can take to keep your deliveries safe.

You can add a signature confirmation when you place the order, it comes with an extra fee but could be worth it. Some companies offer text alert services so you know when your package is at the door.

You can also have the packages delivered to your local mail facility… FedEx, UPS and the US postal service all provide this service– but also with a fee.

Lastly Premium package control is a service which allows you to reschedule deliveries if you miss it.  If your delivery does get stolen be sure to file a police report right away, some credit card Companies have theft protection policies to cover the cost of your item.

But in order for packages to even get delivered on time for Christmas, they must shipped out by Tuesday.

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