book printingHeads up indie publishers!

To help you plan better, IngramSpark has shared their Lightning Source Holiday Manufacturing and Shipping Schedule for 2015, in addition to the dates they are closed for the holidays, and the days when shipping companies are not delivering during the holidays.

Below is their announcement in its entirety. Happy Holidays!

IngramSpark Holiday Printing and Shipping Schedule 2015

We’d like to thank you for your continued business with us this year and share with you our Lightning Source 2015 Holiday Manufacturing and Shipping Schedule. This should help you in your fourth-quarter order planning.

Don’t have your holiday cheer dampened by having to rush; get your short-run orders in early!  To ensure timely delivery of your books, please place orders no later than:

Paperback Books (Color only), for all facilities*; Wednesday, December 2nd

Case Laminate, Cloth and Jacketed Books (Color only), for all facilities*; Wednesday, December 2nd

Case Laminate, Cloth and Jacketed Books (B&W only), for all facilities*; Monday, December 7th

Paperback Books (B&W only), for all facilities*; Tuesday, December 8th

*Facilities located in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

–        Please note that any orders placed after the noted cut-off dates cannot be guaranteed for Christmas delivery.

–        US dates assume a five-day domestic delivery from Lightning Source using ground service, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

–        UK dates assume a non-guaranteed Royal Mail three-day domestic shipment delivery from Lightning Source UK using ground service.

–        If you elect to ship US USPS, take into account that the typical shipping time is two to three days longer than UPS.

–        Please order early! If you have an unexpected, urgent need, please contact your Client Services Representative for potential turnaround time and delivery options.

Other important dates to keep in mind when planning your orders with us:

The US Lightning Source offices and manufacturing operations are closed:

    –        November 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving Day

    –        December 25, 2015 – Christmas Day

    –        January 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day

In the US – UPS holiday schedule:

–        November 26, 2015 – UPS is closed. No deliveries or pickups.

–        November 27, 2015 – Normal delivery service.

–        December 24, 2015 – Normal delivery service.

–        December 25, 2015 – UPS is closed. No deliveries or pickups.

–        December 31, 2015 – UPS delivery of air and international packages only.

–        January 1, 2016 – UPS is closed. No deliveries or pickups.

The UK Lightning Source office and manufacturing operation are closed:

    –        December 25, 2015

    –        December 26, 2015

    –        January 1, 2016

In the UK – UPS and DHL/Securicor holiday schedule:

–        December 24, 2015 – Normal delivery schedule.

–        December 25 2015 – Closed.

–        December 28, 2015 – Closed.

–        December 31, 2015 – Normal delivery schedule.

–        January 1, 2016 – Closed.

The Australia Lightning Source office and manufacturing operation are closed:

    –        December 25, 2015

    –        December 26, 2015

    –        January 1, 2016

In Canada – Canada Purolator holiday schedule:

–        November 26, 2015 – Closed.

–        December 25, 2015 – Closed.

–        January 1, 2016 – Closed.

At Lightning Source, we want to be sure that all orders are delivered in a timely, cost-effective manner. It is important to note that we experience higher volumes during the holiday season.

Shipping carriers also experience an increase in the number of shipments handled during the holiday season. We suggest you order early to avoid possible delays with your shipments.

Our Sales and Client Services associates are available to help with any questions you may have about shipping, turnaround time and orders for the fourth quarter.

Thank you for your continued business and best wishes for a delightful holiday season!