It seems shipping holiday gifts becomes more and more popular each year. FedEx reportedly had its busiest day ever Monday, shipping more than 17 million packages around the world, according to the Associated Press (video).
With shipping becoming as busy as the mall on Black Friday, it might take some extra effort to ensure that your gifts arrive to their locations safely and on-time.
Novi Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety David Molloy said that package theft has really not ever been an issue in Novi. This year, the police have only had one report of package theft in the past 45 days, which was on Nov. 2. The suspect was identified and the package was recovered.
Yet, the police still encourage caution when shipping.
"Obviously, during the holiday times we encourage residents to ensure that their packages are sent to a trustworthy location where there's going to be somebody there to accept them, whether it's a place of employment or a relative or a neighbor," Molloy said.
Getting a tracking number for a package can also help residents keep an eye on their shipments.
To ensure that your gifts arrive by Christmas, here's holiday shipping information from the three big companies in Novi, according to their websites:
Post Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed Dec. 26.
USPS Shipping Deadlines for Mail to Arrive by Christmas
Deadline Parcel Post
Dec. 15 Military recipients
Dec. 17 Most international locations
Dec. 19 First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 Priority Mail
Dec. 21 Express Mail
For more details on international and military shipping, visit the USPS website.
Hours: FedEx Office store on Grand River Avenue is open 24-hours. Closed on Christmas Day.
Latest time for Express drop-off: 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and no pickup on Sunday.
Latest time for Ground drop-off: 6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday, no pickup on Saturday and Sunday.
FedEx Shipping Deadlines for Mail to Arrive by Christmas (for U.S. pickup and delivery)
Dec. 22 (or Dec. 23 with extra Saturday charge) First Overnight
Dec. 22 (or Dec. 23 with extra Saturday charge)
For more information on transit times, visit FedEx's website.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
No pickup or delivery on Dec. 25 or Dec. 26.
Shipping deadlines: The company does not have a guaranteed shipping deadline for ground or standard delivery packages to arrive by Christmas. The recommended deadline for domestic shipping is Dec. 13.
Delivery times vary based on location. To calculate the estimated time and cost to mail your package, use UPS' online tool.
UPS Next Day Air packages picked up Dec. 22 will be delivered Dec. 23.