All about expedited shipping

People ship millions of packages through the mail every day here in the United States. But not all deliveries are created equal and there’s lots of options to choose from depending on what your specific needs are. 

Today, we’re going to break down the ins and outs of expedited shipping – which is an increasingly popular service in today’s courier service world. We’ll tell you what it is, how fast it is, what it costs and how it can work to your benefit. Let’s jump right in. 

What is it?

Expedited shipping is a mail service that delivers your package to its destination faster than the standard shipment process. When your package gets picked up, it gets put on a truck that make little to no stops on the way to its destination and then of course-  your home. So when you need something quickly – expedited shipping is for you. 

How fast is it, really?

Expedited shipping doesn’t necessarily have a set speed like say – overnight or next day shipping would have; but it’s also significantly faster than standard shipping. What might take you 5 to 10 business days to get, now takes between 2 and 3. That can stretch to 4 days depending on what you ordered and from where it’s coming from. 

Is it expensive?

Expedited shipping – because it’s faster and fairly labor intensive – is more expensive than standard shipping costs. And unfortunately, we’re not talking a few bucks. Expedited shipping usually ranges from $10-$20 more than the normal cost of shipping. But again, that depends on the company you’re dealing with too. Some companies charge more than others; some charge less. But generally speaking, expect to pay in that range. Still, that cost is well worth it depending on the delivery.

What’s in it for me?

Outside of speed, you can track your package with expedited shipping. You’ll know exactly where it is every step of the delivery process. This is particularly handy when your order something on the pricier or something that’s more fragile. Knowing where your goods are can offer tremendous peace of mind. 

Is it worth it?

Again, this all depends and unfortunately there’s no outright answer. That being said – there are times where it might just be necessary. We recommend using expedited shipping when you’re getting things like perishable food, fragile items, expensive items, or have ordered something you need to get on a time limit – as the best times to use expedited shipping. 

Expedited shipping is a great service to use if you’re in between not wanting to pay full boat for overnight shipping and not wanting to wait forever for an important package to arrive. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth it in certain situations. If you’re looking for a reputable company to help handle your important deliveries, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!

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