Expedited Shipping: Answering the 3 Most Common Questions - Straight Forwarding
Expedited Shipping: Answering the 3 Most Common Questions - Straight Forwarding

What is Expedited Shipping?

In comparison to standard shipping, expedited shipping promises faster delivery times. For expedited shipping, trucks transport goods from order pickup to delivery without stopping in between. For most domestic deliveries, “expedited shipping” falls between overnight and 2-day shipping.

Expedited Shipping vs. Standard Shipping

Standard delivery services are usually the cheapest option for both online retailers and their customers. Standard shipping within the US generally takes between three and seven business days from the time an order is dispatched to the time it reaches the customer’s doorstep.

Expedited Shipping vs. Express Shipping

The terms expedited shipping and express shipping can have a variety of meanings or be used interchangeably depending on the retailer and carrier. When both express and expedited shipping options are available, express shipping is generally faster, such as 2-day or next-day delivery, whereas expedited simply means “faster than standard.”

How Fast is Expedited Shipping?

Imagine if it would usually take five days to receive your shipment, anything less would be expedited. While it varies by company, the average expedited shipping time is between 2-3 days, saving a day or two over standard shipping. Among the things shippers can do to ensure a fast delivery experience are:

Rates: Rates for expedited shipping can be higher than those for standard shipping. With an online freight service provider, you can ensure you’re getting the best and most competitive rate for your shipment.

Online Tracking: Track your shipment with the carrier you choose. By doing so, you can see where your shipment is and prevent any problems before they happen.

Shipping Options: It is important to understand your shipping options. Will the shipment be shipped on one truck or on two? Do you need a full truck or a partial truck?

What Are the Logistics Involved in Expedited Shipping?

In expedited shipping, transit time is shortened because only one mode of transportation is used. Furthermore, you can usually track the shipment at any time. With this luxury, you can rest assured the urgent shipment is on track.

From start to finish, SFI will handle the logistics of shipping. By using online quoting tools, you can compare rates from a variety of carriers with a variety of service levels to find the most cost-effective option. Our real-time freight visibility and container tracking features will show you where your containers are, and how they’re holding up. If you need any assistance with freight forwarding, contact SFI today, and we’ll take care of your shipping needs. Email us at info@sfi.com or call us at (909) 594-3400.

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