An update on shipping times for items from The Sheffield Guide’s Sheffield Shop over the festive period.
Christmas Last Order Dates for Sheffield Shop items
As we head into the festive period, now is the time to start thinking of picking up special Sheffield Gifts for those Steel City loving folk you know!
The Sheffield Guide’s online Sheffield Shop offers a large — and ever-growing — collection of meaningful and unique gifts based on your favourite city.
However, things are certainly not normal right now! So now more than ever we’re urging you to get your gift orders in as soon as possible to help prevent any issues with fulfilment of important gifts for Christmas.
With that in mind, here is our current forecast for last order dates to receive our made-to-order items in time for Christmas. Note that these are subject to change for the reasons presented below, so please keep checking back for the latest updated estimates.
Note: The Little Book of Sheffield is the only item available that isn’t made-to-order and is outwith the table below. However, the book is a Pre-Order item scheduled for release on 8 December and will be sent via your chosen shipping method as soon as possible following release. We will make every effort to get these orders to you for Christmas, but cannot guarantee it due to shipping delays occurring with all carriers due to the ongoing pandemic. If ordering as an urgent gift or Christmas present, we advise ordering as early as possible and upgrading shipping during checkout.
Date Service Destination 23rd November Royal Mail or Courier Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central & South America, Far & Middle East 23rd November Royal Mail or Courier Cyprus, Malta, Eastern Europe (except Slovakia), New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, Finland, Italy, Sweden 27th November Courier Australia 30th November Royal Mail or Courier Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland 30th November USPS or Courier USA 2nd December Royal Mail or Courier Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg 4th December RM48 services UK 4th December RM24 services UK 4th December Courier UK
Items ordered after these dates may still arrive before Christmas, but it can’t be guaranteed. I advise ordering as soon as possible to avoid any potential issues.
Unprecedented circumstances for online retail this year
The unprecedented circumstances this year mean that online shopping is expected to increase several-fold to record-breaking levels over the coming weeks.
That, along with social distancing restrictions in production, fulfilment and delivery facilities means that there is likely to be a huge bottleneck for online orders from almost every retailer as Christmas rapidly approaches!
So, my advice to you is to start thinking about your Christmas gifts now and order them as soon as possible to try and avoid any issues that may arise.
Monitoring production and shipping times into the festive period
As far as The Sheffield Guide’s Shop is concerned, I — along with our production and fulfilment partners — continue to monitor production and delivery times to come up with an as accurate as possible ‘last order dates for Xmas’ forecast (the table above). I’ve already seen some slippages of expected delivery times from even the likes of Royal Mail in the last few weeks, therefore it is important we monitor this closely to try and get a picture of what is happening when orders leave us. I’ll keep updating this page if any of the estimates change.
All our items are made-to-order especially for you, and social distancing in our production house means our lead times remain a little longer than normal. The production team are putting in exceptional efforts to reduce lead times however!
In normal circumstances items are produced in 3-5 days, quality checked and then shipped using your chosen method (various options available at checkout).
However, for now I continue to advise that production and shipping times may be delayed by up to two weeks at the current time. This has been the case since the pandemic started affecting services across the board. The reality is that the vast majority of items are sent well within those timeframes but there are some outliers that happen so I’d rather set expectations low in the first instance, continuing to underpromise and overdeliver in the vast majority of cases. We all continue to make every effort to get things made and dispatched as quickly as possible.
Note that I expect orders to inevitably increase considerably the closer we get to the last order dates (and with Black Friday/Cyber Monday instigating a spike in retail orders across the internet around these dates too), so it would really help us and be appreciated if you got your orders in as early as you can!
I know a lot of people have been mentioning buying items from The Sheffield Guide for meaningful Sheffield Gifts this Christmas. If you take anything away from this message it is to please consider ordering your gifts as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment!
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