EXPEDITED SHIPPING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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May 27, 2023

Expedited Shipping: Everything you need to know

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What is Expedited Shipping?

You’ve probably heard the term “expedited shipping” before, but what does it mean? Expedited shipping is simply a faster way to get your freight from point A to point B. It’s available for almost any freight type. 

If you’re a shipper and want your items delivered quickly, expedited shipping will help you get them where they need to go in just 2 days or less–sometimes even sooner! On the other hand, if you’re planning on buying something that needs to arrive quickly (like auto parts or medical equipment), then expedited shipping may be right up your alley too. 

How Expedited Shipping Works

Expedited shipping is faster than standard shipping in terms of transit time, but it’s also more expensive because it requires additional resources from the carrier and has an additional fee attached to it. When it comes to expedited shipping offerings, a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can offer great versatility and competitive pricing. With their multi-modal capacity, their range of transportation options often includes hot shots, dry vans, sprinter vans, straight trucks and cargo vans. 

The Benefits of Expedited Shipping Services

There are a number of benefits to using an expedited shipping service. The most obvious is the fact that you can get your package to its destination faster than if you were to use standard shipping or try to ship it yourself. Expedited shipping offers a reliable solution for small, high-value, time-sensitive freight like lab and medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, auto parts, electronic components or even missed LTL pickups. 

  • Fast delivery: You’ll be able to save time by getting your package delivered sooner than expected, which is especially important when shipping perishable items like food and medicine. 
  • Correcting mishaps: When things go awry like missed LTL pick-ups, or receiving the wrong equipment at a job site, expedited shipping can save the day. 

Hot Shot Shipping

The term Hot Shot is used in various scenarios in the industry. First, it can be used to describe a type of truck similar to a flatbed but is more cost effective for the shipper. It can also be used to refer to the type of service in which freight is moved within an extremely tight deadline, also known as Expedited Shipping. 

Conclusion

Expedited services can help you get your packages delivered quickly. When you’re in a bind, be sure to reach out to us for a quote and we can get back to you within minutes to advise you on your shipment and provide pricing. The best part about using a service like NTG is that we will save you time and hassle. Our extensive network of carriers also allows us to be more efficient and price competitively. If you find yourself on a tight deadline, we’ve got your shipment covered, on time, every time.

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Is Expedited Shipping Worth the Cost?

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If you’ve ever needed to get a shipment quickly, you know that the cost and logistics can be a pain, not to mention the anxiety of hoping your freight or parcel will arrive on time. Thankfully, there are ways to speed up the process and make sure your freight will arrive on time. We’ll take a look at what expedited shipping is and why it’s worth paying for if you’re in a hurry or want to know exactly when your item will get there. 

What is Expedited Shipping 

Expedited shipping describes the service to get your freight from point A to point B on a tight deadline – typically in two days or less. It applies to nearly any weight, freight type, distance or pallet count and can be serviced via several modes of transportation including hot shots, dry vans, sprinter vans, straight trucks or cargo vans.  

The Benefits of Expedited Shipping 

If you’re in a hurry to get your shipment, expedited shipping can save the day. Here are some of its key benefits: 

  • Speed of delivery. For many shipments, the difference between regular and expedited shipping is only a few days–but it could mean the difference between getting something on time or getting it too late. 
  • Customer service. If you need help getting your time-sensitive, high value or fragile freight on time, expedited freight shipping services will sometimes offer enhanced insurance and immediate proof of delivery with photos. 
  • Tracking capability. Many shippers offer enhanced tracking capabilities for their customers’ peace of mind on expedited shipments. For example, our expedited service includes dedicated account managers and GPS monitoring, 

When to use it?

Shipping with Expedited Shipping is ideal when you need to know when your delivery will arrive. This is especially true if you are shipping a high value item that cannot be delayed, or if customs duties need to be avoided. 

Is it worth the cost?

If you’re shipping an item that is time sensitivey, then yes. If, however, you don’t mind waiting a few extra days and can accept that your freight may take longer than expected, then no. 

As far as cost is concerned, there are a number of carriers and 3PLs that can provide varying quotes on an expedited shipment. For example, our network of 80K carriers allows us to be more efficient in our expedited moves and provide highly competitive pricing.

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