ParcelHero – snow could mess with pre-Christmas deliveries

There is a high risk of snow at Christmas and in some areas of the UK, home delivery comparison site ParcelHero have warned that last minute online retail orders may arrive too late for Christmas in the North of England and Scotland.

If more bad weather strikes the UK there will be no margin for error for online shoppers according to ParcelHero, who say that an onset of heavy weather could mean that last minute orders could well be too late for Christmas Day.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT said “Christmas comes soonest in the north! With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, some delivery options are already tighter than last year. But the further north you are ordering items for; the earlier you may need to book because of potential snow. The Met Office is now predicting new hill snow and poor conditions for the north of England and Scotland in the run into Christmas. It’s concerning that Ladbrokes is now offering 2/1 on a snowy Christmas in Edinburgh and Glasgow.”

Jinks added, “I’m sorry to sound like Scrooge, but it’s absolute humbug to leave orders much after 20th December (already final order date for stores such as Harvey Nicks and Liberty) if we see a return to winter wonderland conditions. ParcelHero’s Christmas shipping online tool is now live again, with all the major stores’ final online Christmas order dates. But if your order is being delivered to an area where snow is likely, use the tool as a guide to when you should have ordered comfortably before – rather than a final order date!”

Jinks pointed out that large number of people are going to rely on the Christmas Eve ordering offerings from Argos, Currys PC World and Amazon. “Ladbrokes is now offering 3/1 on Leeds, Bradford and Manchester being hit by snow for Christmas – and Sun Bets is even offering these odds for London Heathrow! You are not going to look clever if you delay ordering gifts until Christmas Eve to snaffle last minute bargains, only to find more snow has hit your area and deliveries are delayed until after Christmas!”
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