​Free Shipping 2013 Day Includes 800 Retail Stores​​

December 18, 2021

Free Shipping Day on Dec. 18, 2013 is the next big thing after Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday. This is a retail holiday offering zero costs on shipping, with no minimum purchase amount required.

In addition, more than 800 retailers guarantee delivery by Christmas eve. If you shop online, you will see countless offers on special deals, discounts and free shipping in honor of the online retail holiday on Wednesday. Some of the online participants include JCPenney, Express, Kay Jewelers, American Eagle and Radio Shack.

Free Shipping Day was conceptualized by Luke Knowles and his wife, who own the year-round free shipping informational site, FreeShipping.org. Knowles said he believed “merchants would relish the opportunity to extend the online holiday shopping season, which is fast becoming the preferred mode of buying for those who dread crowded malls and rain checks.”

Plus, according to statistics, 90 percent of consumers in 2013 spend more when offered free shipping while nearly half will abandon their carts if faced with high delivery fees.

So, in just two weeks, Knowles created the shopping holiday, which happens towards the end of the shopping season to give online buyers a last chance for yuletide savings with a guaranteed Christmas delivery. With unprecedented growth, Free Shipping Day garnered more than $1 billion in online sales in 2011 and has even gone international, extending into Canada.

Now it’s 2013, and in its sixth year, Free Shipping Day “is regarded as a premiere shopping holiday” with more participating stores than ever before. And according to its creators, “consumers have made their intentions clear: Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day is here to stay.

While the list of stores participating is lengthy — with 816 merchants as of Tuesday morning — some notable retailers are missing from the list. Instead, these major shopping destinations like Best Buy, Amazon and Macy’s will offer their own special free shipping deals ahead of Christmas.

Best Buy will offer free standard shipping for all orders made online until 3 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 20 and express shipping (two business days) through 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 22. Customers who order online by 4 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve can pick up items in stores that day.

Macy’s will offer free standard shipping with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery for in-stock merchandise for orders placed by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 21. Walmart’s free shipping cutoff in order for parcels to arrive by Dec. 24 is on Thursday, Dec. 19, but customers can order online and pick up in stores through Monday, Dec. 23.

Express shipping of in-stock merchandise from Macy’s closes at 2 p.m. PST on Sunday. Nordstrom is offering free standard shipping on all merchandise and gift cards through 8 p.m. PST on Saturday.

Amazon.com is offering free shipping for orders of $35 or more with a deadline of Wednesday, Dec. 18. Target will guarantee Christmas delivery for customers who use Seasonal Shipping through Dec. 19.