It doesn’t matter if you’re running a business or trying to get a package to a loved one. Knowing the items you’re shipping will make it to their destination on time will certainly bring you peace of mind. FedEx offers a wide variety of shipping options, each designed with speed and budget in mind. A basic understanding of how the FedEx delivery schedule works for each option will help you decide which service is best for your needs.
FedEx Delivery Schedule Options in the U.S.
How fast do you need your package to arrive at its destination? That’s the primary consideration when choosing a shipping method. The FedEx delivery schedule your package follows will depend on which you choose:
- FedEx SmartPost – This option is available to businesses that want to get small, lightweight packages to their customers quickly. Packages are transported primarily via FedEx and then to USPS for final delivery. Arrival typically takes anywhere from 2-7 days, with package delivery occurring between Monday and Saturday.
- FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground – This is the most economical delivery method for residential and business packages. Transport takes 1-7 days. FedEx makes home deliveries Monday through Saturday anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., while business deliveries are made Monday through Friday with delivery promised by the end of the business day.
- FedEx Express Saver – Great for quick but not entirely urgent deliveries, delivery happens within three business days. FedEx guarantees business delivery by 4:30 p.m. and residential packages are guaranteed by 8 p.m.
- FedEx 2Day A.M. – Struggling to meet a time-of-day deadline? This A.M. delivery option guarantees delivery between 10:30 a.m. and noon, depending on whether the business is in the city or a more rural destination.
- FedEx 2Day – Packages shipped via this method have a FedEx delivery schedule guaranteeing arrival in 2 days, by 4:30 p.m. for businesses and 8:00 p.m. for residences.
- FedEx Standard Overnight – With this option, your package is guaranteed to be delivered during the afternoon hours of the following business day, to most addresses by 3 p.m., to rural addresses by 4:30 p.m., and to the majority of residential addresses by 8 p.m.
- FedEx First Overnight – Packages shipped via the First Overnight option are delivered to the majority of delivery zones by 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., or 9:30 a.m. the following day, though some zones are pushed out to 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or 2 p.m.
- FedEx Priority Overnight – Most Priority packages are delivered the next day by 10:30 a.m., though remove locations may not receive delivery until noon, 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
- FedEx SameDay City – Need to get a package across town fast? FedEx will pick up and drop off your package within hours of your request.
- FedEx SameDay – You can, of course, have a package shipped cross-country the same day as well.
While most shipping options are available Monday through Friday, some are available through Saturday. Depending on your location, you may find FedEx stores willing to take your packages from you on Sundays, but they may not enter the delivery stream until the following day.
International Shipping Options
Need to get a package to another country. The FedEx delivery schedule options for international packages is similar to those for domestic. They include:
- FedEx International Ground – A simple option for packages going from the U.S. to Canada
- FedEx International Economy or Priority DirectDistribution – These specialized options allow you to get business packages through customs as one shipment, after which they are separated and sent to their individual destinations.
- FedEx International Mail Service – This option works well for businesses that need to ship bulk catalogs, brochures, and small products to global markets. It’s an effective option many people use to simplify their e-commerce needs.
- FedEx International Economy – An affordable option for non-urgent packages, your deliveries are made within 2-3 business days when shipped to Canada, Puerto Rico, or Mexico. The majority of other countries receive delivery within 2-5 business days.
- FedEx International Priority – Most major international cities receive shipments within 1-3 business days.
- FedEx International First – This option offers quick delivery within 1-3 business days but is only available in certain zip codes in 20 different countries.
- FedEx International Next Flight – Critical packages are moved as quickly as possible via the next available flight, in many cases resulting in delivery within mere hours.
Altering Your FedEx Delivery Schedule
Are you expecting a package from FedEx? While the website offers basic tracking, signing up for the FedEx Delivery Manager gives you advanced options including:
- The ability to receive shipping alerts
- Signing for packages online
- Places to give delivery instructions
- Putting delivery holds on packages while you are on vacation
For a small fee, you can also redirect packages to different locations, have them delivered on a different day, or schedule a specific delivery time so you know you’ll be available.
2019 FedEx Holiday Schedule
FedEx offers several services 365 Days per year. Keep the following holidays in mind, and check the FedEx holiday schedule, if you need deliveries on or around the holidays in 2019.
- May 24th through May 28th (Memorial Day)
- July 3rd through July 5th (Independence Day)
- August 30th through September 3rd (Labor Day)
- October 14th (Columbus Day)
- November 11th (Veteran’s Day)
- November 27th through November 30th (Thanksgiving)
- December 18th through December 26th (Christmas)
- December 27th through January 2, 2020 (New Year’s)
You will find many services are limited or closed, while critical services remain available. Planning ensures that you can use the most affordable shipping option possible. FedEx offers a wide variety of customizable shipping solutions, with 365-day availability throughout the year. The company enjoys a strong reputation with supportive customer service options. Call your local FedEx facility or store if you have questions about these or other services the company now offers.
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