What Is Expedited Shipping?

Today’s society consists of living in a world full of many unpredictable circumstances. Logistics usually requires strict delivery times and deadlines with close attention to detail, and people may often not know there is a faster shipping option available. If you have an urgent, unplanned shipment that has to be delivered as soon as possible, expedited shipping can be a great solution for you and/or your company.

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Expedited shipping is when freight is delivered faster than regular transit times. The main difference between standard and expedited is much shorter transportation times and fewer touch points during transit. Naturally, expedited freight may cost more than a regular shipment, as it is considered a special service.

How is expedited freight transported?

Usually, companies provide a separate truck with two drivers switching shifts. It’s often called a “dedicated” truck, as it is devoted to your LTL shipment and doesn’t make frequent stops while in transit. The “dedicated” truck goes straight from the pickup point to delivery destination. A solid route not only makes shipments much faster but will also assure freight safety. The fewer touch points there are during transit, the fewer are chances your freight will be damaged or stolen.

In what cases should you use an expedited shipping option?

Expedited is a perfect solution for urgent and last minute situations. Whenever the deadline is tightening or there is an unpredictable situation that takes place affecting your shipment, picking the urgent shipping option can be a wise decision. For example, there is equipment damage at the manufacturing or mining site, and the new assets need to be delivered as soon as possible, or medical supplies are required for a specific location quickly. All of these cases need time-sensitive delivery and demand a faster transit than regular shipments.

Depending on the company and your needs, expedited transit times differ. Generally, the delivery takes 2-3 days. Third-party logistics providers can help plan and manage expedited LTL freight shipping. Here at PLS Logistics Services, we can handle your freight regardless of its size and distance. Our experienced freight brokers will provide professional help so you can be sure that shipment arrives safe and on-time.

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