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Get an updated list of services and stores with shipping delays due to the Coronavirus. With an abundance of Americans quarantined at home, many companies are seeing an increase in online shopping, additionally increasing shipping delays — Amazon shipping delays included.
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First, can coronavirus spread through packages and mail shipments?
First off, According to the CDC, the virus is not thought to be able to spread through shipping and is considered low risk. The virus is passed airborne through droplets, and there are no confirmed cases through mail delivery. These companies are regularly disinfecting the equipment used for the deliveries and following the guidelines of the CDC and WHO. However, if you are still concerned you can wipe down the package with disinfectant or leave them outside for a period of time. See the full article here.
Amazon Shipping Delays
Amazon is suspending all restock shipments to warehouses for nonessential items. Instead, they’re prioritizing specific products: baby, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific, and pet supply. If it doesn’t fall under the previous categories it will not be restocked through the beginning of April.
FedEx Shipping Delays
FedEx has delays within impacted areas depending on restrictions. There are temporary suspensions for Europe, and one- to three-day delays for any other areas. FedEx is also temporarily suspending signature requirements for deliveries in the U.S, unless an adult signature is required.
UPS Shipping Delays
UPS has potential delays in countries that have declared a state of emergency but is operating as normal domestically. It has resumed shipping in most areas of China, except for Wuhan.
United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Delays
USPS has only seen minor impacts but has a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express mail internationally. There are temporary restrictions to and from locations like China and Europe due to travel restrictions.
Sam’s Club Pickup Delays
Sam’s Club will continue not shipping on weekends and holidays. Club members qualify for free shipping. They are running low and out of stock on some items; this varies by store. Prescheduled club pickups will be available at 7 a.m. Expect delays due to high demand.
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Target Pickup Delays
Target is experiencing delays in shipping, order pickup, and Drive Up due to high demand. They are running low or out of stock on some items, and have changed store hours. There are three options that don’t require customers to be in store: Drive Up, Shipt, and Target.com. You can easily track you order using the shipping tracker or the Target app. Heads up — Shipt delivery times are up: receive your order in one hour to two weeks.
Walmart Shipping and Pickup Delays
Walmart is experiencing delays, and some items are out of stock. We are seeing occasional orders having delays as much as 7 days+ if items are in stock. However, we haven’t noticed delay notifications until orders have been submitted. Store hours have also changed.
Safeway Delivery Delays
Safeway is fulfilling online orders for delivery; however, due to high demand there are potential delays in shipping. We recommend calling your local store prior to placing an order. All products are limited to two per person. Currently, Safeway deliveries don’t require delivery signatures, unless an adult signature is required.
Costco Shipping Delays
Costco continues to have shipping delays on high-demand products. For personal care and non-perishable items, deliveries are minimally two days out. Items like paper towels and toilet paper may appear to be in your cart, but once you submit the order may be cancelled until they can restock your item.
Macy’s Shipping Delays
Macy’s is not experiencing delays at this time. In addition, they are offering free shipping with a $25 minimum purchase.
Walgreens Shipping Delays
Walgreens is waiving all delivery fees with no minimums. Some essential items are out of stock, but if you don’t want to go in stores for your prescriptions, this may be a great option. They are experiencing shipping delays due to high order volumes.
CVS Shipping Delays and Curbside Suspension
CVS is waiving all delivery fees for prescription and other essential products. Prescription products are shipping within one to two days. Essential items have a one- to four-day delivery on orders over $35. Curbside pickup is no longer available. They are experiencing some delays due to some items being out of stock. You can also use Instacart for same-day delivery for items in stock.
Amazon Whole Foods Delays
Amazon Whole Foods is seeing deliveries three days out for some areas. In some locations, during checkout Whole Foods reports to have no deliveries available due to increased demand. You need to have an Amazon Prime account to take advantage of this option. Remember to verify the availability at checkout.
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Instacart Delivery Delays
Instacart is receiving high volume and you can expect delays in some areas. Delays can be anywhere from two hours to three days. There are limitations in some zip codes.
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Honest Company Shipping Delays
Honest Company is experiencing delays but continues to work extended hours to keep up with demand. They are also offering 30% off your first month’s diapers with the code: BUNDLE30
Chewy Shipping Delays
Chewy is experiencing some delays; expect two to four additional days. They are offering free one- to two-day shipping if you spend over $49, but expect the additional delays.
Barkbox Shipping Not Delayed
Barkbox is shipping as normal and there are currently no delays. The same goes for their Super Chewer Box.
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