Last call for online Christmas shopping

Last call for online Christmas shopping

<p>The deadline for Christmas orders falls today, as Amazon.co.uk managing director has told customers the retailer is working around the clock to ensure deliveries arrive in time for Christmas.</p><p>The internet retailer has said due to adverse weather, it cannot take any orders for Christmas delivery. It is recommending shoppers buy gift certificates instead. However, any orders placed before 18th December are still expected to arrive in time for Christmas.</p><p>In an email to customers, McBride has said the retailer has received an increase in telephone and email queries about where orders are. He said: &quot;Ensuring that you receive your order in time for Christmas is our number one priority.</p><p>&quot;The recent weather conditions have resulted in backlogs across the entire UK for our delivery partners, but we are in constant communication with them and are working around the clock to make sure that orders with an estimated delivery time before December 24, arrive in time for Christmas.&quot;</p><p>McBride recommended shoppers use the self-service links on Amazon&#39;s site that show details of an order and its current location.</p><p>Waterstones.com closed its order window for first class and courier delivery at 3pm this afternoon [Monday]. It warned customers the weather could disrupt delivery dates and recommended them to shop in one of its stores.</p><p>At WH Smith, the retailer is giving customers a 5pm today cut-off for first class orders. However, it recommended customers in snowy areas allow extra time for delivery, with as many as three days in parts of Scotland.</p><p>Play.com closed its deadline for Christmas deliveries yesterday [19th December] and has warned deliveries may take one to two extra days to arrive. Customers in Scotland at the north east of England were advised orders placed after 15th December may not arrive in time for Christmas.</p>