It's less than two weeks until Christmas: have you puchased all of the gifts on your list? Danielle DoironDanielle Doiron. Photo submitted.
More people are turning to the internet to do at least some of our holiday shopping and the people who get those presents to where they're going are ramped up for it.
 
"We are expecting our biggest holiday season yet: in the months of November and December we're expecting to see parcel volumes increase by about 20 per cent," reported Danielle Doiron, Director of Parcels Market Development for Canada Post. "80 per cent of consumers are shopping online now; more and more of them are turning online to do a lot of their holiday shopping because it's just so convenient."
 
However, she cautions there are a couple of important factors to keep in mind.
 
"Total cost of that purchase will often include the cost of shipping as well," she noted. "The other thing that becomes really important during the holidays is returns; when you're purchasing an item for somebody else you're going to want to think about the retailer that you're shopping with and what that return policy might look like just in case something doesn't work out."
 
However, the most pressing issue at this time of year is time, particularly the time it will take to reach its intended recipient.
 
"Typically, retailers are posting their cutoff dates in and around the December 18 time frame, some of them a little bit earlier than that, but if you're a consumer that's also shipping something to another consumer, the cutoff date for domestic shipping is in and around December 21.
 
 

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