Hello Gift Basketeers,
As you all know the weather is set to take a turn for the worse on Thursday so thought we would share the latest data available to us.
Basketsgalore operates with road and air freight services across the UK, Europe and Ireland. Here are things as they stand as of 18:35 Wednesday 15th December. We are experiencing no delays whatsoever in order processing and dispatch with excellent availability across the range.
Europe: Road Service with a guide of 2-3 working days is no longer likely to mean pre- Christmas Delivery. Consequently we recommend that if your hamper is time sensitive, we recommend you use the Express Air Service.
UK: Basketsgalore operates with a 8am and 5pm collection schedule. Consequently all orders received by 19.00 tonight will be dispatched in the morning. They will be in the UK's central depot later that day and will be out for delivery on Friday. The couriers will be working at the weekend to clear the anticipated volume of orders.
Orders received between 19.00 and 15.00 Thursday 16th December will be airfreighted overnight and will still be out for delivery on Friday 17th December (according to the advice provided to me by the courier liason officers)
If you have stated that you want delivery to be made next week, we are sorry to inform you that due to the highly inclement weather conditions anticipated, we do not recommend you take the chance. The information we are receiving is that the couriers are still clearing the backlog of orders from the last cold period.
For all orders received after 15.00 on Thursday, you next date of dispatch is Monday 20th December. However, we may attempt to dispatch a few consignments on Friday. Whilst dispatch on this day in the past few years has been sufficient time for delivery to take place, the weather this year means that it cannot be 100% guaranteed as it has been in the past. It is highly likely that with 5 delivery days, your hamper will be delivered before Christmas day, but certain parts of the country may be under snow by Monday. We will keep our customers posted on a daily basis.
For Ireland, all orders go by road and there will be some delays. We will be working through tonight to send all orders tomorrow morning around 10am, which will allow delivery attempts on Friday and/or weekend.
All major online retailers have been advised that pre Christmas delivery is not guaranteed for consignments received after this Friday. Hopefully the weather will not be as severe as what is predicted and the disruption will be kept to a minimum.
A further update will be available on Christmas Hamper Delivery around the same time tomorrow.