The mad rush to finish holiday shopping is upon us, and consumers are harried while they run around trying to buy their final gifts and run errands.

Merchants and consumers are also being hit with holiday surcharges and uncertain delivery windows. That’s why many businesses are turning to alternative delivery services as a way to combat the last-minute rush.

FedEx is adding as much as $14 per package at peak times. And UPS is warning that its normal ground delivery dates aren’t guaranteed in the final weeks before Christmas as it braces for the final burst of the 750 million packages it expects to deliver during the holiday season.

Give your customers the gift of peace by eliminating some of the hassle of holiday with an alternative delivery service that can bring gifts and other items directly to their front doors.

Retailers can lure shoppers into stores and close more holiday sales by partnering with an alternative delivery company that can respond to unpredictable spikes or lulls in demand on a moment’s notice.

Sell More Big-Ticket Items

Providing customers with an easy way to get bulky or heavy items home can make the difference in successfully selling that beautiful new set of golf clubs, a weight bench, a new bicycle, a ride-on toy for a child, or something fragile such as a piece of art.

Lighten The Load For Your Customers

Alternative delivery is a great option when customers buy high-value goods such as jewelry or electronics like laptops, smartphones and big-screen TVs that they don’t want to leave in the trunk of their car while they do other shopping and run more errands.

Invest in Spending Time with Customers

Most importantly, removing the stress of holiday logistics means you and your employees will have more time to spend with customers. You can focus on your primary job of helping them choose the perfect gift , which builds deeper long-term relationships that will pay off for years to come.