Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2013
The holidays will be here before we know it. For many, this means rushing to get holiday cards and gifts purchased and mailed on time. The best way for you and your customers to avoid the dreaded time crunch is to plan ahead. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of holiday shipping dates for our partners to help bring you comfort and joy this holiday season.
Requesting Changes and Cancellations
Our partner labs have the best turnaround times in the industry while maintaining consistent print quality. They work extra hard to keep up this reputation during the holiday season – often printing, packaging, and shipping an order the same day it is placed. This means that any request for changes needs to be sent within minutes of placing an order or it might not be caught in time.
Having Order Approval enabled in your price list (this is a Premium and Premium Business feature) allows you to review orders and make changes before the orders are sent for printing, but it also delays sending the orders to the lab. Orders are not submitted for printing until you approve them. With this in mind, be sure to approve all orders as quickly as possible.
A Tip for Peace of Mind
During the holiday season, USPS is not as dependable, and there may be times when packages cannot be tracked due to the increased shipping volumes. Encourage your clients to select a carrier that offers tracking, such as FedEx.
For your convenience, we have gathered a list of recommended deadline dates and tips for each of our integrated vendors. Please keep in mind that your orders must be placed and approved before the cutoff dates in order to be delivered in time for the holiday. If an order is being shipped overseas or to a destination further away from the lab, it is a good idea to add an additional 5-10 days for delivery.
Mpix, a division of Miller’s Professional Imaging, delivers professional quality prints using only the best materials and packaging. MpixPro offers a variety of high-end products such as photo books, canvas gallery wraps, metal prints, and calendars. MpixPro is only available to Premium Business subscribers. To add an elegant touch to your client’s holiday order, we recommend choosing Mpix Pro’s Boutique Packaging shipping method. Miller’s Professional Imaging is a print lab leader and presents and sells products online with an amazing storefront.
Based in the UK, OVI offers a number of traditional and non-traditional gifts and products. From acrylic “ice” prints to magnetic prints and even jigsaw puzzles there’s something for everyone on your list.
Photobox’s state of the art labs in London and Paris deliver high quality prints and photo products throughout Europe and around the world. Photobox is also an extremely eco-friendly company and is always looking for greener ways to do business.
fotoflōt products are an elegant way to display photos without frames. Your clients are sure to be impressed by the innovative magnetic mounting system, which allows you to avoid glare and enables you to swap photos in seconds.
Imagine Your Photos offers a wide range of unique photo products from mouse pads and coasters to mugs, shirts, and magnets. IYP uses the latest imaging and transfer technologies on a variety of surfaces. IYP’s unique photo products make great holiday gifts.
If you plan on mailing greeting cards or sending thank you cards to clients, personalize them with custom postage stamps from PictureItpostage. You can have your brand, portrait, or any other image placed on a US postage stamp in many denominations. The high-quality stamps are printed large and add a special touch to any piece of mail.
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