Britain’s favorite retailers have announced their final online ordering dates for Christmas. Buyers who order up to the last minute could be in for a nasty surprise, warns home delivery specialist ParcelHero.
Shops that only process orders on weekdays pushed back their deadlines this year to allow for a Sunday Christmas.
ParcelHero has just relaunched its ever-popular Christmas deadline tool for retailers. It lists fifty of the latest online order dates for Christmas from Britain’s favorite stores. ParcelHero warns that not only are some dates earlier this year, but after a few months for retailers some of our favorite brands have now completely disappeared from the list.
ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: “Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which poses a problem for all those retailers whose default delivery options are based on working days. This means many stores like Very, Superdry and Liberty have pushed their standard options back by at least a day compared to 2021.
John Lewis also notes that standard orders placed from December 21st will not arrive at their destination until January 4th (although next day service for smaller items should be in time for orders placed on December 23rd). December or earlier).
“However, not only standard orders are affected. Some retailers are also more cautious about end date options for their fastest services. For example, Harrods has moved its final order date from December 23 last year to December 21 this year, and Littlewoods/Very has moved its fastest service by one day to December 22.
“That makes a lot of sense as there could be a Christmas supply chaos this year. Traditional postal services could be hit by strikes if an ongoing dispute is not resolved in the coming weeks. Additionally, some delivery organizations and distribution centers are struggling with seasonal labor shortages as the pool of available labor has fallen significantly post-Brexit.
“For these reasons, we strongly advise shoppers not to place their reliance on retailers’ final order deadlines. Last year, some companies, including fashion store Joules, abandoned their fastest next-day delivery options for good. This can happen when Christmas delivery schedules get in touch with reality. This year we’ve eliminated Joules from our list, along with former faithful Made.com. Joules has announced it is going into administration and Made has already entered administration.
“ASOS, which is hugely popular with young online shoppers, also ended its Express Next Day services just before Christmas last year. Student allowance website Save the Student recommended December 22nd as the last day to order ASOS, and we’re currently sticking to that date. ASOS has already indicated that the next day’s evening service will exclude Christmas Day.
“Despite the issues some retailers are facing, some are sticking to their Christmas Eve order dates. It’s worth noting that some of these options are only in certain postcode areas – usually around London.
- Amazon: December 24
- Argos: December 24th
- Net-a-Porter: December 24 (certain zip codes only)
- Selfridges: December 24th (London only)
- Zara: December 24th (London only)
“Click & Collect services may also be available up to and including Christmas Eve. However, keep in mind that the turmoil that has hit retail over the last few years means that the “buy now – collect in store” option you have traditionally used may no longer be possible. Although brands like Debenhams and Topshop are still on our list, these businesses have mostly moved online amid extensive store closures. Alternate pickup locations may be available at lockers and parcel pickup locations.
“Given the current strain on delivery services, we won’t be surprised to see retailers switch to earlier final order dates ahead of Christmas. That’s why our constantly updated holiday deadlines tool is so useful in keeping shoppers up to date with final order dates from all their favorite retailers.”