What is Expedited Shipping?

December 19th, 2016

Just like it sounds, expedited shipping is the process of having your goods delivered to their destination faster. Many times the need for expedited services can come due to time restraints dictated by your customer. Other times your factory might be in urgent need of a part to avoid downtime. Perhaps you are just looking for a competitive advantage by having your goods delivered before others. Whatever your reasoning, having an expedited shipping option in your logistics arsenal is crucial to any successful business.

There are two main transit modes that will allow you to shave time of your transit days and qualify as expedited shipping:

  • Air Freight
  • Expedited Ground Freight (also known as time definite ground or TDG)

Expedited Shipping- Air Freight

Just like it sounds, air freight involves placing your goods on a commercial or cargo aircraft. This mode drastically reduces transit time for obvious reasons. There are two main areas shippers fall victim to time and time again when it comes to air freight. The first is they believe a FedEX or UPS type company is their only option. This is simply not the case and can often result in shippers over paying by thousands of dollars on their urgent air freight needs. These companies are great at small parcel but when your freight starts getting over 100 lbs there are better options available. There are many other commercial airlines (Southwest, American Airlines, Delta, etc..) where freight can be placed at a very competitive per lb rate. With access to over 50,000 commercial and cargo flights daily It is not uncommon for Expedited Freight Quote.Com to save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on airfreight shipments.


The second pitfall shippers face is shying away from airfreight because they believe it is prohibitively expensive. I always have a hard time wrapping my head around this concern because there are so many variables. Is the bottom line cost more expensive than an LTL common carrier ground rate? Absolutely. However, air freight can be very affordable when you look at the whole picture. Air freight does not have to be prohibitively expensive. It is easy to see why most shippers feel this way when the only options around are the UPS’S and FedEx’s of the world or other expeditors over charging shippers. ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com is committed to providing the most competitive pricing in the airfreight industry to meet your deadlines.

Expedited Shipping- Time Definite Ground (TDG)

Expedited ground freight is the process of having your shipments delivered to their destination faster than other modes of ground transport such as rail or LTL. At ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com we call this time definite ground freight or TDG for short. The reason our ground shipments are able to move faster than other modes of ground transport is because we handle the freight less, the freight moves with team drivers meaning the truck can continually move without having to take a break to rest, and we control the freight from pick up through to delivery. We will know where your freight is at all times versus brokers who need to contact a third party to provide you updates. Transit time for our ground freight is always counted in weekdays versus business days. For example, our transit time from Los Angeles to New Jersey is 4 weekdays meaning if you shipped from Los Angeles on Friday it would deliver to your customer on Tuesday. With ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com we consistently shave off 3-4 days of transit time versus other modes of ground transport. In addition to fast transit time, our handling is less because the freight is moving direct. This results in decreased touches which greatly reduces the chance of loss or damage. No matter where your shipment is picking up or delivering to, ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com can deliver your shipment on time, every time via our time definite ground network.

Expedited shipping is a crucial part to any successful logistics strategy. It is our goal at ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com to provide the most competitive pricing in the expedited shipping industry. Whether it is air freight or expedited ground freight, ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com will provide your company with the best options to meet your deadlines. Request a free online quote today at www.expeditedfreightquote.com

By: Erik Bendiksen- Senior Account Executive- ExpeditedFreightQuote.Com


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