Our Future Shipping Date extension allows customers to select a date in the future that their order will ship on. Customers can use this to pre-purchase gifts that will be delivered later in the year or for seasonal purchases that will arrive before the holidays, etc. The extension works by using a "Future Shipping Date" order status where orders are stored until the shipping day. Each night when the Magento® cron runs, any orders that are meant to ship out on that day will be moved to the "Processing" status. Your fulfillment software (or Magento® admins) will then identify this as ready for shipping and can be fulfilled.