GSO, short for Golden State Overnight Delivery Service, is a regional shipping carrier that services the western part of the United States. A relatively young shipping carrier, they incorporated 20 years ago on the premise that California companies shouldn’t have to pay national delivery rates for in-state shipments. They ship to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
GSO is an alternative to the major carriers if you’re shipping to the western United States. They offer competitive prices and delivery times on priority overnight and ground services. Like the major carriers, customers can buy postage online, print shipping labels, and even schedule pickups. Most consumers and businesses use GSO when they find themselves in time-critical situations. Compared to FedEx, their prices are cheaper for overnight delivery. However, since service is limited to only the western United States, they aren’t the best carrier for E-commerce businesses. Shipping with USPS will almost always be cheaper and more reliable. Certain USPS mail classes like Priority Mail Cubic have similar delivery timeframes, and you’ll save way more money on postage. In addition, Priority Mail Cubic also includes $100 of shipping insurance if you buy postage with shipping software.
- Services include Priority Overnight, Ground, and Freight
- Delivery occurs by 8:30 am or 10:30 am to most areas
- Later pickup times (as late as 8 pm in certain areas)
- On-time delivery percentage exceeds 97%
- Cost savings often exceed 40% for priority overnight services compared to national carriers such as UPS and FedEx