Yes, it is officially December, which means that the Christmas countdown is underway!
Advent Calendars are being ripped open, it’s finally acceptable to play Christmas music in public, and it’s high time that you got the Last Posting Dates written on your calendar/wallchart/convenient post-it note, in bold black marker pen, circled in at least two different colours, with a handful of exclamation marks for good measure.
The majority of labels ordered at this time of year are destined for Christmas-related applications, whether it’s labels for Christmas cards, gifts, or homemade decorations, or labels for Christmas stock, seasonal promotions, or a big Christmas event. The common theme for all of these labels (besides Christmas!) is that they will all be time-sensitive; all of them need to be ordered, despatched, delivered, designed, printed, applied, and sent on their merry way to make sure that they reach their final destination in plenty of time for Christmas.
Therefore, we would advise all of our customers ordering labels at this time of year to order AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, so they don’t fall foul of the panic and chaos of taking a chance on the Last Posting Dates.
Our current despatch/delivery estimates are as follows:
ORDERS OF MADE TO ORDER ITEMS: up to 7-10 working days for despatch via next working day carrier.
(Made to order items are placed on a waiting list for manufacture: at this time of year, the volume of items is much higher than normal, so we would advise customers to get in touch for an exact despatch estimate for the particular item(s) they want to order)
ORDERS OF 500+ SHEETS: same working day despatch via next working day carrier – where items are in stock.
(Again, customers should contact us for exact despatch estimates, particularly if multiple boxes are required)
ORDERS OF 250-475 SHEETS: same working day despatch via next working day carrier.
ORDERS OF LESS THAN 250 SHEETS: same working day despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service.
(Royal Mail AIM to deliver these items on the next working day; usually around 93% of first class mail does arrive the next working day with the remainder taking a few days extra; HOWEVER, at this time of year, due to the sheer volume of items being sent, this service is likely to see delays. We would therefore strongly recommend that ALL customers ordering less than 250 sheets should consider upgrading their order to a guaranteed next day delivery service. If you do not wish to upgrade, we would advise that we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver first class items and will not declare them to be lost until this time has passed).
Please note that if you request delivery to an address in Northern Ireland or Islands With UK Postcodes your items will be sent via 2-3 working day carrier. This service may experience delays as we get closer to Christmas and the last day orders will be accepted for delivery before Christmas will be Friday 18th December.
Of course, if you do end up ordering items later than you’d like or you’d simply like to know the deadlines that you need to keep to, here are the Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2015.
Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard & International Signed For
Last Posting Date: Wednesday 16th December (Ireland)
BRITISH FORCES POST OFFICE (BFPO)
Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard HM Forces Mail
Last Posting Date: Friday 11th December (Static BFPOs)
Sent via: Royal Mail’s First Class & Signed For First Class
Last Posting Date: Monday 21st December
Sent via: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed
Last Posting Date: Wednesday 23rd December
PLEASE NOTE: we must receive your order by 4pm on the dates listed above to allow us time to pack your order.