Don’t Leave Online Orders to Christmas Eve – Looming Freight Crisis Expected

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The Hamper Emporium is Australia's first gift website to post the cutoff date for deliveries and its a full 6 days before Christmas. With many online retailers not posting Xmas cutoff dates its expected many Xmas presents will be delivered after boxing day!

Consumers are being warned not to leave their online Christmas gift hamper shopping to the last minute. This year Christmas day falls on a Tuesday so all online purchases would need to be delivered by Friday 21 December to ensure a joyous occasion.

A number of online retailer websites last year did not advertise their cut-off date for delivery and with the past few Christmases falling over the weekend, a number of consumers were disappointed and upset that they did not receive their orders until after Christmas.

If retailers guarantee delivery within two business days, and products are offered on the weekend or the Monday preceding Christmas day, then buyers should not accept these sales. Shoppers contend that there should be a clear cut-off date alerting buyers to the absolute last minute they can make purchases and be assured they will be delivered on time.

The Hamper Emporium is amongst the first of Australia’s online retailers to provide the cut-off date desired by consumers for xmas. The latest date for xmas deliveries posted on the website is the 19th of December, a full 6 days prior to Christmas! Chief Logistic Operator Emily McWaters warns customers to be wary of any online store’s xmas deliveries in the leadup to Christmas with the best solution to place order early in December.

“Australia is a large and sparsely populated country, and in the week prior to Christmas the parcel network moves more than three times its normal volumes. At the Hamper Emporium, we urge customers to request early December delivery or avoid any disappointment by meeting the cut-off date as specified on our website.” Ms McWaters advises.

With only five weeks left until Christmas, it remains to be seen if more online retailers will follow suit.

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