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Retail Experts: Start Christmas Shopping NOW

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: U.S. Postal Service workers scan parcels at the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center on December 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. As the U.S. Postal Service heads into its busiest time of year, leading up to Christmas, this facility handles about a million pieces of mail each day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The postal delays that caused a ruckus during the election are expected to continue through the holiday season. In other words, start Christmas shopping now, experts say.

“We expect to see continued pressure on shipping as more packages flow through the system,” says Karl Haller, retail industry expert at IBM Global Business Services. “We have already seen some of the major carriers impose fees on package shipping in anticipation of this.”

Officially, the United States Postal Service says to arrive by Christmas, ground shipments need to be sent by December 15th; first-class mail needs to go out by December 18th; and priority mail should be sent by the 19th.

When do you usually start Christmas shopping? What will be different about Christmas shopping this year?

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