Deadline to Ship Holiday Packages Approaches as Consumers Face Empty Shelves

December 8, 2021


Athletic Shoes in Demand but in Short Supply

Deadlines are fast approaching to ensure packages end up under the Christmas tree on time. While same-day delivery options will likely be available through Christmas Eve by some delivery providers, certain items, such as popular Nike and Converse shoes, may not be available.

“Demand for classics and basketball footwear remains incredibly strong and in short supply across the market,” Michael E. Longo, CEO of Hibbett Sportswear, told analysts during the company’s Q3 earnings on December 3.

Executives from the retailer Tilly’s also echoed the need for more shoes during its earnings call on December 3, “If we could get more Nike and Converse, we’d take every bit of it we could get, we just can’t get it.”

Almost half of Nike’s footwear is made in Vietnam, which is just now recovering from several months of government-mandated business shut-downs due to COVID-19. Matthew Friend, Nike CFO, told analysts in September that “lost weeks of production combined with longer transit times will lead to short-term inventory shortages in the marketplace for the next few quarters.”

For the car enthusiast on someone's Christmas lists, consumers may also find shortages of other goods this holiday season, such as cars, parts, and accessories. Inventories were down almost 21% year-over-year in September, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau. Semiconductor and parts shortages are hampering the industry’s recovery.

It's Not All Bad News

Clothing inventories have greatly improved, up 2.6% year-over-year in September and up 2.4% from August. However, sales have been even stronger, particularly as consumers return to stores. According to the US Census Bureau, year-to-date through October, clothing and clothing accessory stores sales are up 53.6% year-over-year from the same period in 2020.

The best advice for consumers this holiday season is to shop early for the best selection. However, get a gift card if you still have your heart set on the latest Nike shoes. According to a survey from branded prepaid card service Blackhawk Network, US consumers expect to spend 41% of their holiday gifting budget on gift cards.

Despite lackluster sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, this holiday season is expected to be a strong one. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday retail sales during November and December could now grow as much as 11.5% over the same period in 2020. This exceeds the NRF’s first forecast in October that holiday sales would be up between 8.5% and 10.5%.

Deadlines to ensure packages reach the Christmas tree begin tomorrow, December 9.


Cut-off dates from FedEx, UPS and USPS

Fed Ex is suggesting people ship by these dates for Christmas delivery:

  • December 9: Ground & Freight Economy
  • December 15: Ground & Home Delivery
  • December 21: Express Saver
  • December 22: 2Day & 2Day-AM
  • December 23: Overnight services
  • December 24: Same-day services

UPS is suggesting people ship by these dates for Christmas delivery:

UPS Ground Shipping check ups.com/ctc for details

  • December 21: 3-Day Select
  • December 22: 2nd Day Air services
  • December 23: Next-day Air services

USPS advises people to ship before the cut-off dates.

  • December 13 - First Class Mail
  • December 18 - Priority Mail
  • December 23 - Priority Mail Express

Happy shopping!

 


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Spend Management Experts has united with Transportation Insight to become North America’s #1 provider of small parcel management and optimization services.  Our team of best-in-class analysts employs cost modeling techniques to help clients optimize their supply chain spend, reducing costs by 20% or more.  Our approach is non-invasive to daily supply chain operations as we employ unparalleled market intelligence and proprietary cost modeling technology, targeting hidden costs and identifying savings opportunities. After establishing the success criteria, SME leverages proven project plans, data warehousing, and milestone documents to ensure an optimized and implementable solution. We build strong business cases based on your data to negotiate better terms, pricing, and service for our clients. We deliver your competitive edge.

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Deadline to Ship Holiday Packages Approaches as Consumers Face Empty Shelves

December 8, 2021


Athletic Shoes in Demand but in Short Supply

Deadlines are fast approaching to ensure packages end up under the Christmas tree on time. While same-day delivery options will likely be available through Christmas Eve by some delivery providers, certain items, such as popular Nike and Converse shoes, may not be available. “Demand for classics and basketball footwear remains incredibly strong and in short supply across the market,” Michael E. Longo, CEO of Hibbett Sportswear, told analysts during the company’s Q3 earnings on December 3. Executives from the retailer Tilly’s also echoed the need for more shoes during its earnings call on December 3, “If we could get more Nike and Converse, we’d take every bit of it we could get, we just can’t get it.” Almost half of Nike’s footwear is made in Vietnam, which is just now recovering from several months of government-mandated business shut-downs due to COVID-19. Matthew Friend, Nike CFO, told analysts in September that “lost weeks of production combined with longer transit times will lead to short-term inventory shortages in the marketplace for the next few quarters.” For the car enthusiast on someone's Christmas lists, consumers may also find shortages of other goods this holiday season, such as cars, parts, and accessories. Inventories were down almost 21% year-over-year in September, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau. Semiconductor and parts shortages are hampering the industry’s recovery.

It's Not All Bad News

Clothing inventories have greatly improved, up 2.6% year-over-year in September and up 2.4% from August. However, sales have been even stronger, particularly as consumers return to stores. According to the US Census Bureau, year-to-date through October, clothing and clothing accessory stores sales are up 53.6% year-over-year from the same period in 2020. The best advice for consumers this holiday season is to shop early for the best selection. However, get a gift card if you still have your heart set on the latest Nike shoes. According to a survey from branded prepaid card service Blackhawk Network, US consumers expect to spend 41% of their holiday gifting budget on gift cards. Despite lackluster sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, this holiday season is expected to be a strong one. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday retail sales during November and December could now grow as much as 11.5% over the same period in 2020. This exceeds the NRF’s first forecast in October that holiday sales would be up between 8.5% and 10.5%.

Deadlines to ensure packages reach the Christmas tree begin tomorrow, December 9.


Cut-off dates from FedEx, UPS and USPS

Fed Ex is suggesting people ship by these dates for Christmas delivery:
  • December 9: Ground & Freight Economy
  • December 15: Ground & Home Delivery
  • December 21: Express Saver
  • December 22: 2Day & 2Day-AM
  • December 23: Overnight services
  • December 24: Same-day services
UPS is suggesting people ship by these dates for Christmas delivery: UPS Ground Shipping check ups.com/ctc for details
  • December 21: 3-Day Select
  • December 22: 2nd Day Air services
  • December 23: Next-day Air services
USPS advises people to ship before the cut-off dates.
  • December 13 - First Class Mail
  • December 18 - Priority Mail
  • December 23 - Priority Mail Express
Happy shopping!  

ABOUT SPEND MANAGEMENT EXPERTS

Spend Management Experts has united with Transportation Insight to become North America’s #1 provider of small parcel management and optimization services.  Our team of best-in-class analysts employs cost modeling techniques to help clients optimize their supply chain spend, reducing costs by 20% or more.  Our approach is non-invasive to daily supply chain operations as we employ unparalleled market intelligence and proprietary cost modeling technology, targeting hidden costs and identifying savings opportunities. After establishing the success criteria, SME leverages proven project plans, data warehousing, and milestone documents to ensure an optimized and implementable solution. We build strong business cases based on your data to negotiate better terms, pricing, and service for our clients. We deliver your competitive edge. Connect with Spend Management Experts on TwitterLinkedIn, and the Spend Management Experts blog.

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