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With just under a month to go many will be in the full swing of Christmas shopping, whether its done in the local town/city or online. While internet shopping has certainly taken off, waiting for your items to arrive can be a long and laborious process, especially if you miss the delivery! To help clear up some confusion today’s blog defines the different types of delivery options available, alongside some alternative solutions to waiting in for the delivery man.
Types Of Delivery
Offered by almost all internet retailers and private sellers, Standard Delivery is typically free or is available for a small charge. As this is the ‘standard’ service your items are normally dispatched (collected together and sent by the business) between 3 and 5 working days (Monday – Friday), meaning it can take up to a week for them to arrive.
Depending on the size/type of items, Standard Delivery parcels are normally sent via the Royal Mail or a courier service.
Next Day Delivery
Again, offered by most online stores, Next Day Delivery aims to get your items to you by the next working day. Available if you order by a certain time (normally midday, 3pm, 6pm or 9pm), retailers will send your parcel out as soon as possible, arriving the next day or following day (depending on their chosen courier).
Available for a small charge, Next Day Delivery is ideal for those items you need in a hurry.
Specified Day Delivery
Similar to Next Day, Specified Day Delivery allows you to choose your own delivery day, perfect for those with busy schedules. Order by a certain time (same as Next Day) and at the checkout simply select your chosen day. The retailer will then dispatch your items in enough time ready for them to be delivered on the day.
Available for a small charge, Specified Day Delivery is great if you know you’re going to be away or out for most of the week, allowing you to arrange your time around the delivery.
A popular service with many, Saturday Delivery is ideal for those who’re busy or away from home for most of the week. Order your items by a certain time (normally Wednesday/Thursday afternoons) and the retailer will dispatch the parcel in enough time for it to be delivered the following Saturday.
Available for a small charge and typically delivered by courier, Saturday Deliverys aren’t offered by all retailers, so check before making your final purchase.
Buying from outside of the UK? Then your parcels will arrive by International Delivery. Depending on where you’re buying from, International Delivery can take anywhere up to a month, sometimes longer, so get your orders in soon!
Normally at this time of year the Royal Mail and other courier delivery services will advise that if you want to purchase items from abroad that you give yourself enough time for it to arrive by Christmas, with cut-off times around the middle of December. Find out more here.
If you think you’re going to be out or away when your items are due to arrive why not opt for a Click & Collect service? Offered by many stores and online retailers, your parcel will be sent to a local shop (e.g. your closest Debenhams, John Lewis, Boots etc.), with you sent a notification by e-mail or text message to let you know it’s arrived. You can then collect the items in your own time, any day of the week (depending on opening hours).
Missed the delivery? Most services will allow you to rearrange the delivery time to suit you, or you can visit the depot and collect it yourself.
Find out more about Royal Mail’s Christmas delivery options here.