Holiday Shipping Deadlines to Reduce Your Seasonal Stress
The holiday season will be here in the blink of an eye—don’t get caught stressing over getting your 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 you prepare and enjoy a less stressful season.
*Please note that not all labs are available at all plan levels.
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.
Enabling Order Approval in your price list 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 review and approve all orders as quickly as possible.
A Tip for Peace of Mind
During the holiday season, USPS is not as dependable, and some packages cannot be tracked. Encourage your clients to select a carrier 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.
Pikto is the premier Canadian lab. It sources the best papers, inks, and printers to meet every photographer's high expectations. Pikto offers a wide variety of products, including photo books, prints, canvas wraps, mounting and framing.
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. To add an elegant touch to your clients’ holiday orders, we recommend choosing MpixPro’s Boutique Packaging shipping method (available for Premium Business and Advanced users only).
ivoke™ makes innovative, personalized products from your digital images ranging from high end, custom aluminum panels and iPhone cases to basics like mugs, mouse pads, and coasters.
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.
*These are the Christmas Day cutoffs. All other holidays are normal delivery.
PictureItPostage is perfect for mailing greeting cards or sending thank you cards to clients. These custom postage stamps are printed large and add a personal touch to any piece of mail. You can have your brand, portrait, or any other image placed on a US postage stamp in many denominations.
fotoflot 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.
*No fotoflot production will take place between Christmas and New Year. Orders received from December 21 through January 12 will ship on January 14. All other functions (such as customer service) will be available in that time.
One Vision Imaging, based in the UK, 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 has state-of-the-art labs in London and Paris that 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.
*Both labs will be closed from midday on December 24 and will reopen for business on January 6, 2016.
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According to the mpix chart, "specific products" have different shipping deadlines. That's an incredibly vague description of, well... nothing actually. What are "specific products"? Are we to assume that means everything other than prints and frames? Who writes this stuff?
What about flat greeting cards? How long do they take to ship once you place an order? Specifically with Mpix.
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