Quick, Fast and In a Hurry
With the holidays quickly approaching, you can bet that manufacturers will be paying close attention to the Must Arrive By Date (MABD), set by big box retailers like WalMart and Target. While big box retailers mandate Must Arrive By Dates to ensure their shelves are always stocked with products consumers want, many companies who sell products directly are often are losing potential customers and revenue by not offering expedited shipping options to customers who have their own Must Arrive By Dates in mind for freight sized purchases.
What Is Expedited Freight?
For smaller parcel sized items, a business will often utilize the overnight or next day air options available from USPS, FedEx or UPS. But for larger sized items requiring freight shipping, many businesses and consumers aren’t aware that expedited shipping options are available, or find that they aren’t able to receive reliable or economical shipping rates from their current transportation partners.
Let’s explain more about how Expedited Freight works in comparison to standard LTL Options.
The transit of a standard LTL shipment is typically estimated as the shipment being picked up from the shipper that has to be taken to a terminal where it will be cross-docked. During this process the shipment will be loaded and unloaded from freight trucks multiple times, depending on the distance, before it arrives at the final destination. While many LTL carriers offer guaranteed shipping services, some shipments need to arrive sooner than LTL shipping can provide.
New Expedited Options For Your Business
Depending on the size of a shipment there are multiple expedited shipping options available for freight sized orders. By cutting out the cross-docking necessary in LTL shipments, expedited services are able to cover quite a bit more ground, or air, in a much shorter time than a standard LTL carrier could.
Cargo vans, straight trucks with lift gates, and air freight can be utilized for shipments that would ordinarily take up a few pallet spaces on a LTL truck. For orders that require a full truckload, a team of drivers can be booked so that your freight can theoretically move non-stop without breaking regulations imposed by the United States Department of Transportation.
Expedited Freight = Time Sensitive Freight
It doesn’t matter if it’s July or if its a few weeks before Black Friday, as a shipper, you have the ability to expedite your freight. Whether you need to get your pallet of a custom equipment repair parts to the factory that is currently down or you need to get your trade show displays to a convention center by Friday, expedited shipping may be the best route for you. Some of our current customers are from industries like: Auto Parts, Promotional Displays, Industrial Equipment, Trade Show Management, Airplane Parts, Computer Servers & Equipment, Maintenance Repair, AV Equipment, Restaurant Equipment and Medical Suppliers.
What Qualifies for Expedited Shipping
- Shipments that need to be picked up after 5 p.m. and delivered before 8 a.m.
- Shipments that need to move 1000 miles in 24 hours.
- Shipments that are loose and fragile, can’t be cross-docked with LTL carriers.
- Shipments that require faster transit than what LTL can offer. (Express LTL is one step away from Expedited)
How Does BlueGrace Put Expedited Shipping to Work for YOU?
BlueGrace can easily handle any expedited freight shipment request. With a network of over 1,100 carriers and 10,000 pieces of equipment available we can meet demanding pick-up and delivery times on weekends, nights and holidays, including 2 day cross country service. Each shipment also includes realtime, Macropoint tracking of your expedited freight, so you can feel secure of the delivery times promised.
Expedited Freight Only Works With An Expedited Quote
BlueGrace is also one of the few providers that is able to offer guaranteed pricing and availability within 30 minutes of your request.