Shipping Your Gifts With Confidence

After the perfect storm of last-minute orders and inclement weather that complicated holiday shipping for retailers last year, many stores are prepping for Black Friday 2014 by buffing up their operations. But will it be enough to handle the increased number of shoppers fulfilling their gift lists online?

In anticipation of Black Friday 2014, even UPS is going to be open on the day after Thanksgiving (November 28) with pickup and delivery services offered. Many individual online retailers are expanding their fulfillment centers, and eBay has expanded it's use of smaller regional shipping partners to help with the burden of managing 75 retailers' e-commerce operations.

One of our most popular postings each year is the Walmart Black Friday ad, and the corporation started working with carriers to plan for shipping requirements more than seven months ago, according to this article from The Wall Street Journal.

Online shopping giant Amazon.com is also stepping up it's game and has added more fulfillment centers and created a new category of warehouses it calls "sortation centers". All of this preparation is certainly warranted considering the number of upset customers who didn't receive their gifts until after the 2013 holiday. Last-minute shoppers be warned: start your Black Friday planning early this year!

October 6, 2014
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