What Is Expedited Freight, and Who Uses it?

What Is Expedited Freight, and Who Uses it?

Thanks to the digital world we now live in, anyone can get almost anything online. Thanks to the online shopping phenomenon, people all over the world have an increasing need for shipping services.

The e-commerce business in the United States has reached a revenue of about $423.3 billion, and that number is steadily increasing. Changes in the retail industry are the driving force behind freight services adjusting, whether it's full truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), or parcel. These changes are made to accommodate the many new features that retail operations offer. One of those features is quick shipping.

What is Expedited Freight?
Expedited freight services aim to get shipments to their destinations as promptly as possible. According to Langham Logistics, "the basic goal of expedited freight shipping is to cut out all wasted time and get the goods where they need to go on a time-sensitive delivery basis."

There are four major industries that utilize expedited freight companies for many reasons. Typically, the products that are being shipped will not last over long shipment routes, and they need to get to their destination quickly.

  1. Medical Industry - Sometimes valuable devices cannot sit in the back of a freight for long periods. Many medical supplies also are temperature sensitive, and they need to get to their destination quickly.
  2. Pharmaceutical Industry - Many patients rely on their medication for survival, and they cannot live without it. In this case, they need to get the medications refilled as soon as possible. An expedited freight company can be of service to help make sure that pharmaceutical patients get the medicine that they need promptly.
  3. Manufacturing Industry - Often, people in the manufacturing industry have to fight the clock to get their work done. If parts do not come in on time, an entire project might get delayed.
  4. E-commerce Industry - Retail stores are growing tremendously, and many of them offer their products online. Several big retailers also offer fast shipping options, including two days or even overnight. In this case, expedited freight needs to be used to get the goods where they're going.

Expedited freight is used to make sure cargo gets to its location as soon as possible. E-commerce, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and medical supplies are all common types of products that require expedited shipping.

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