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Everything You Need to Know About Expedited Shipping

Everything You Need to Know About Expedited Shipping

When you have freight that needs to be delivered immediately it is most likely your business will need expedited shipping services.  Here is a guide to everything you need to know about expedited shipping so that you will be able to decide if this is the best choice to fit your needs.

What is Expedited Shipping?

Expedited shipping is a method of shipping freight that ensures goods arrive faster than regular transit times.  Trucks carrying expedited goods rarely stop along the way to guarantee speedy times.  Expedited shipments go straight from origin to destination.  Most carriers that offer expedited shipping will move shipments in a single truck with two drivers to decrease transit times.

How Fast is Expedited Shipping?

This is a common question that gets asked when determining if expedited is the best choice for your shipment.  While the answer depends on the carrier, the typical time is 2 to 3 days versus 5 days for a shipment.  There are variables to the shipping time such as distance and weather, however, expedited cuts out all of the extras.

Considerations to Make When Choosing

When you are choosing to use a shipping carrier, there are some considerations to make.  Having as much information about the carrier makes it easier in the decision-making process.

  • Rates – Expedited shipping rates are higher than standard rates. A third-party logistics provider can help make sure you are getting the most competitive rate for your shipment.
  • Online Tracking – Confirm with the carrier that they allow you to track your shipment. This way you can see where your shipment is and get ahead if any problems arise.
  • Shipping Options – This is important to check on. For domestic deliveries, will the shipment sit on one truck or two?  Will you need a full truck or only partial?  For international, how many planes?  Will the shipment move from air to truck efficiently?

Is Expedited Shipping Worth the Higher Rate?

If you need freight delivered within a strict time frame, then the shipping fees are worth it.  All shipments can be expedited no matter the size.  There are some advantages to having shipping costs.  The advantages include, speed, handling time, real-time delivery updates, and additional security of your goods.

The Logistics of Expedited Shipping

Expedited shipping involves only one mode of transportation, shortening transit times.  If it is an international delivery, then it may involve two modes; however, the timing intricately so as not to waste expedited efforts.  Thus, keeping the promise of speed in the delivery.

Working with an Experienced Provider

At the end of the day, working with an experienced expedited solutions provider will save you the hassle in working out the specifics of the logistics and you will be sure that your Freight will get there as fast as possible.

PPLUS Global offers PPLUS Expedited Freight Solutions, a premium transport, and distribution services, designing and implementing solutions for transporting your valuable assets from point of origin to destination with the utmost care.  PPLUS Expedited specializes in urgent, time-sensitive domestic and international freight including air, dedicated surface, time-definite and temperature-controlled moves to satisfy every customer.  Contact PPLUS Expedited to answer any questions you may have and let us help you run your business effectively.

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