Somebody forgot to tell Amazon (AMZN), The Gap (GPS), Kohl's (KSS), Toys 'R Us and some of the the biggest shopping websites that Free Shipping Day is over. Here we are two days later and despite the "last day" claims of the Free Shipping Day promoters, there ARE plenty of free shipping deals still available on some of the most popular websites on the Internet. Most importantly, many of these websites still offering free shipping deals are also still guaranteeing delivery by Christmas with the free regular ground shipping option.
With just 6 days left until Christmas, guaranteed delivery with free shipping is definitely one of the best deals of December 19, 2012. So forget the Free Shipping Day propaganda and get your free shipping deals with delivery before Christmas while you still can today...
Despite the fact that Free Shipping Day is the most make-believe of the fabricated shopping events in the Christmas holiday shopping season, the number of retailers that are defying the much publicized "last shipping day" of the season is large this year. The last-minute shipping offers are both numerous and generous in 2012. Extended free shipping offers, free shipping upgrades, and Christmas delivery guarantees are the rule, not the exception for the best shopping websites at the end of the 2012 Christmas season. This is definitely a first.
It's a perfect storm of retail conditions that created the explosion of the last-minute shipping deals and discounts this year. A Tuesday Christmas, a record number of Christmas shopping dollars flowing into Internet and mobile channels, and the most automated and efficient Internet sales operations in retail history have made previously impossible shipping deadlines possible for Christmas 2012.
Of course, any Christmas delivery "guarantee" is dependent on the reliability of the third-part shipping company used by each retailer, and the little annoyances that get in the way like winter weather conditions. So the other shipping option with guaranteed Christmas delivery that is almost universally available in this last week before Christmas is the ship-to-store option (a/k/a click-to-brick or in-store pickup).
The list of retail websites with a ship-to-store service has grown dramatically since Christmas 2011. As long as the item purchased is a gift for someone who is close enough to get personal delivery, the ship-to-store service is a good alternative that will work right through Christmas Eve for some Internet shopping websites.
The logistical infrastructure and flawless execution required to deliver on the promise of the Christmas 2012 last-minute shipping deals is noteworthy.
A year's worth of retail technology innovations and logistics planning have made 20-minute ship-to-store possible at Lowe's (LOW) and same-day delivery up to and including Christmas Day possible at L.L.Bean in 2012.
Multi-channel integration has truly made impressive strides forward during the 2012 Christmas holiday shopping season. And as a result, chronic Christmas shopping procrastinators are having the most stress-free last-minute Christmas holiday shopping experience ever. No doubt the people on the procrastinators' Christmas lists are most appreciative of all for any last-minute shopping options that don't come from a 24-hour drugstore or require a visit to a neighborhood gas station.
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