Getting last-minute gifts to loved ones without setting foot in stores is easier than in past years.
With the pandemic-fueled boom in online shopping, retailers set tight deadlines to guarantee holiday delivery, but they are also offering same-day options, from delivery to curbside pickup.
These good tidings have a downside in some cases. You may have to pay extra to get your late orders delivered on Christmas Eve.
“As many shoppers are discovering right now, all this increased e-commerce has put a strain on traditional shippers. USPS has been battling backlogs and delays,” said Marc Gorlin, founder and CEO of Roadie, a crowdsourced delivery platform for same-day and urgent deliveries. “More than ever before, many shoppers will be counting on same-day or urgent delivery for their holiday needs.”
Same-day delivery has become more than a convenience: It’s an essential service, Evangeline George, Shipt’s director of business