When you have a shipment that needs to arrive quickly, you need expedited freight service. By definition, expedited shipping means that your shipment will be transported quicker than it would with a regular shipping method. Many companies offer expedited freight service, so it’s important to know how to find the right one.
Important factors to consider when choosing an expedited freight service include:
When it comes to expedited freight service, there are a few different types to choose from. Depending on how quickly and where your shipment is going will often determine which one is best for you. It helps to know the details of each type so that you select the right one for your shipment.
Standard Expedited- As the name implies, this is the simplest form of expedited shipping. With no guaranteed delivery windows, your shipment will arrive quicker than the standard turnaround. For example, if a carrier’s typical transit for a cross country shipment is 7-10 days, their expedited time may be 3-5.
Expedited Air Freight- A pricey, but necessary option when your freight needs to arrive at its’ destination quickly. This is typically needed when freight needs to arrive in 1-2 days and has to travel a long distance. Air freight should be used as a last option because of the increased cost.
Weekend Service- Some carriers have a weekend service that handles Friday to Monday shipments. This is typically offered as a lower cost alternative to air freight. Lanes that are eligible for weekend service will vary by carrier.
Hourly Window- Can your shipment only be delivered within a 1-2 hour time window? If so, hourly window freight service will be your best option. Some carriers offer single and multi-hour service.
AM/PM Service- Sometimes referred to as morning or afternoon service, this is the preferred choice if your freight needs to be delivered before noon or 5 pm. Compared to hourly window service, this option is more flexible for carriers and therefore cheaper.
Guaranteed Freight Delivery- If your shipment absolutely must be delivered by a specific time or within a certain time period, consider guaranteed service. Not all carriers offer this, but those that do stand by their service. Most guarantees are a full refund if the shipment isn’t delivered at the promised time. This service is typically an added option for AM/PM and hourly window service.
The cost of expedited freight service will vary from carrier to carrier. Typically, the cost is based on a percentage of the overall cost of a shipment. This percentage typically ranges between 20 to 45 based on the type of service. The quicker a delivery needs to be made, the higher the cost will be. Some carrier will have a minimum charge for expedited service.
Guaranteed freight service will also be on the higher end of the price range. This is because the freight carrier is taking an increased risk by guaranteeing the delivery by or within a certain time. Hourly window delivery will often carry the highest charge. This is due to how specific the timing of the delivery is and that carriers often have to significantly alter their schedule to accommodate these deliveries.
The freight class of your products will also affect the cost of your shipment. To learn more about freight class, read our article What Does Freight Class Mean?
The answer to this question will depend on your specific situation. In general, if you need your cargo delivered in a certain time frame, expedited shipping is worth the cost. Even if your shipment may arrive by the time you need it with standard shipping, expedited service can give you the extra peace of mind you need.
Examples of when you might need expedited services include:
There are many other situations in which expedited shipping is a good idea. Expedited services can be used anytime express delivery is required. It might cost a little more, but expedited shipping comes with a number of perks, including:
In short, when time of is the essence expedited shipping is worth it.
While getting your shipment to its’ destination quickly is your number one priority, there are other services that may be useful for your cargo.
White Glove Service- If you’re worried about handling or packing your shipment, strongly consider white glove service. This service typically includes on-site packaging, multiple person delivery, and debris removal. When considering white glove service, ask your carrier what is included since it can vary for each one.
Crate Rental- Shipping multiple packages to the same place? Combining multiple packages into a shipping crate can be efficient and cost effective. Ready to assemble crates are a great option since they require just a few minutes to set up.
Warehousing- Needing a place to store your products when they’re not in transit can be solved with warehousing. When considering a warehousing partner, look for one that has locations that will work for your shipping needs.
Shipping Insurance- This should always be an option based on your freight situation. If the loss of your shipment could have a significant negative impact, consider purchasing insurance for your freight. Carriers are often able to provide better rates than insurance companies when you bundle this with other services.
These services can be especially useful when shipping large items. For more information about shipping large items read our article A Guide to Shipping Large Items Across Country.
You Crate is part of the R+L Carriers family of companies. We provide crating and shipping services. Self-crating service works in 3 simple steps:
You Crate’s goal is to get your shipment to its destination in as little time as possible. Through R+L Carriers, we can satisfy any expedited shipping request, from standard expedited to guaranteed hourly window. We also offer all of the value-added services listed above.
Shipping your expedited freight with You Crate and R+L Carriers comes with other advantages as well:
When you need to move your products in a hurry, let R+L Carriers and You Crate work together to get it there. As one of the country’s top commercial shipping crate companies, You Crate is dedicated to handling your shipment without hassle. You can pack your crate on your own time and then let R+L Carriers deliver it with expedited freight service. Call us at 877-558-2580 or reach out to receive a custom quote for your shipment.