The short answer would be yes, you should certainly expect some shipping delays. We’ve already seen from earlier this year that during a pandemic people’s shopping habits tend to stay heavily online. According to elitedaily.com, UPS and FedEX are both working now to prevent even more shipping delays come Black Friday. Officials say it’s important for us to understand that many of the delays have to do with the safety of those handling our orders.
Some strategies to avoid long shipping delays would include: ordering in bulk, sticking to mandatory items in your order, only buying from a few locations, and of course ordering early! Contactless delivery options are of course available too. If you plan on shipping any gifts to loved ones, doing so early may determine if they make it in time for Christmas. Finally shopping at local businesses helps everyone. Not only have they been affected most by the pandemic but, they are also more likely to get you your delivery on time.