Below is our holiday cutoff schedule for shipments, as well as our operations. Our teams start peak preparation in Q1 to extend the receiving and shipping dates out as far as possible to set you up for your best holiday season ever!
While there is no guarantee for delivery by or on a particular day, the below guidance has been provided by our carriers for domestic delivery by Christmas.
Note: Orders must be imported by 12:00 pm local time on the dates listed below:
US domestic carrier cutoffs for our most commonly used domestic Ship Options:
UPS Surepost and FedEx SmartPost
USPS Priority Mail
USPS First Class
US domestic carrier cutoffs for our most commonly used domestic Ship Options:
Orders must be imported by 12:00 pm local time on the dates listed below:
US to International
UK to International
Australia to International
Poland to International
UK and Ireland Domestic
Inventory receiving cutoff
November 17 is the last day your inventory can arrive to ensure fulfillment for Black Friday (existing merchants).
December 6 is the last day your inventory can arrive at our fulfillment centers to ensure delivery to customers by Christmas via Standard Ground processing. Based on our standard turnaround times, it can take up to 3 business days for your inventory to be completely received and stored once it arrives.
Without a Warehouse Receiving Order (WRO) filled out accurately and included in each package, we are unable to process your inventory and it will be moved to a status of on hold and incur daily Unidentified Receiving Order (URO) fees.
Kitting and VAS cutoff
To plan labor and resources accordingly, we will require advance notice to conduct kitting and VAS orders from November 18 through the 26th of December. The last day to submit a new kitting or VAS request to be considered for Christmas is November 18.
Please request a work order for kitting here with the desired date and details (volume, SKUs, etc.) to schedule the project. Any kitting requests that come in after Black Friday (November 25) will likely not be considered but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
B2B order cutoff
Commencing November 1, we may require additional processing time to complete B2B orders. We recommend submitting your orders as early as possible as we may extend SLA up to 2 days to handle the increased volumes.
The last day to schedule a donation order is November 18.
Internal inventory transfer order cutoff
The last day to submit an internal inventory transfer order for expected arrival to the destination FC before Christmas is November 7. Please note carrier capacity during this time is highly constrained during this period and we recommend submitting your Internal Inventory Transfers as early as possible.
Sharing your holiday forecast with ShipBob
ShipBob uses forecasting data to scale up our workforce so we can ensure your orders are fulfilled on time. To do so, we rely on you telling us when we can expect to fulfill an order volume that is greater than your typical volume.
If you project a large increase in orders from November 1 - December 26, please fill out the Promotional/Bulk Upload Details form at least two weeks in advance so our fulfillment centers can staff during this busy time of the year.
ShipBob SLA extensions
Our facilities will hire hundreds of associates to meet the increased demand of the peak season, however, we expect to receive more orders than can physically be processed within our standard SLAs. As such, we will add extensions to our SLAs (in business days), which will go into effect starting on Black Friday (November 25) and remain in effect until December 6).
The SLA extension applies to standard fulfillment for outbound B2C shipments, B2B orders, and kitting. The outbound fulfillment extension does not apply to expedited orders. All Expedited, Overnight, Amazon, Walmart, and ShipBob 2-Day orders will continue to be prioritized and fulfilled the same day as long as the order is imported pre-noon local time.
Please note: This temporary SLA extension does not impact any of our 2022 holiday shipping cutoffs listed above.
Sending inventory this holiday season
We are expecting there to be continued delays across ports with greater amounts of containers being transported. We strongly recommend you order inventory from your manufacturer much earlier for the remainder of the year. Please read the info below on how to send inventory to ShipBob in advance of the holidays.
ShipBob’s fulfillment center scheduling appointment tool
We require that you create an OpenDock account to manage appointments easily and to schedule an appointment for any inventory drop-offs or outbound pickups. Note: We reserve the right to refuse deliveries if no appointment is scheduled. For an explanation on how to create, cancel, and edit appointments, please refer to this Help Center article.
As a reminder, individuals are NOT allowed to drop off inventory in personal vehicles at any of our fulfillment centers. Please use a carrier of your choice and remind them to make an appointment.
ShipBob holiday schedule
Our ShipBob fulfillment centers will observe the holidays below and be CLOSED on the following dates:
Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 24
Christmas: Sunday, December 25
New Year's Day: Sunday, January 1
Boxing Day: Monday, December 26 and December 27 (Canada and UK only)
St. Stephen's Day: Monday, December 26 and December 27 ( Ireland only)
2nd Day of Christmas, Monday, December 26 and December 27 (Poland only)
ShipBob’s Merchant Care team will be mostly off on both Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31) with limited phone support on those days (chat and email will be available).
Our fulfillment centers will close early on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31).
The last full day of normal carrier operations before the Christmas holiday will be December 23. Normal operations will resume on December 27.
The last full day of normal carrier operations before the New Year holiday will be December 30. Normal operations will resume on January 3.
As a reminder, our carriers do NOT scan packages at our facilities upon pickup. However, ShipBob has internal processes to monitor package status to ensure carrier pickup.
During the holidays, our carriers experience an increase in volume that can cause a delay in tracking scans and updates, especially USPS Media Mail. We highly encourage our clients to consider alternatives to USPS Media Mail during the holiday season as it is a subsidized service and therefore takes the lowest priority in the USPS network. When the network is very busy, you may see transit delays in excess of 3 weeks with the Media Mail service.
Because lost or damaged packages can happen while in our carriers' hands, we have an insurance policy that will reimburse you up to $100 of the retail value when you fill out this form, email email@example.com, and provide the proper documentation based on the claim type.
Setting tariffs for international shipping
If you ship internationally, you must add tariff codes at the product-level to improve deliverability and prevent issues at customs. If this information is missing, international orders will be put on-hold and not fulfilled until resolved.
You can update your products individually or in bulk. We highly recommend that you update all customs-related fields for each of your products to avoid international orders getting held up, including:
Tariff Code (valid HS code is 6-10 digits, not including periods)
Value (cannot be 0])
Weight (Basic Product Information panel)
Learn how to add tariff codes via the Customs Information Panel of the Product Details page here.
Preparing for returns
For each inventory item, you can set a default action for returned items: we can restock, quarantine, dispose, or inspect a return. If you need to add inspection steps to products, there will be an additional per-touch fee. If you have more complex return steps you would like us to complete upon arrival, please reach out to your Merchant Success Manager or our Merchant Care team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about our returns process here.
Adding gift notes to orders
New from last holiday season, ShipBob now lets you add gift notes to order (including for your customers to do at checkout when giving gifts). Learn more here.
Getting in touch with ShipBob
We remain committed to providing fast response times this season. While we do offer phone support, the best way to get in touch with us is by logging into your dashboard and selecting the Chat option or submitting an email ticket to email@example.com.
To file a claim for lost or damaged orders, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. All tickets are responded to in the order in which they are received. Our average turnaround time is one business day or less.
Our regular support hours are currently 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CST Monday-Friday, but as of October 1, we will be expanding our chat and email support hours to 6:00 am - 6:00 pm CST, 7 days a week to better serve our merchants. Our phone support will remain from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm CST Monday-Friday at (312) 313-1104. We can still be reached outside of these times by emailing email@example.com.
Please check back often. You can always view any important carrier updates or delays here.
For any questions, please contact your Merchant Success Manager or ShipBob’s Merchant Care team.
Here's to a successful and happy holiday season! We wish you and yours all the best!
The ShipBob Team