Every so often, you may need to have a package delivered as soon as possible. In this case, you’ll want to use an emergency delivery service. While all of the major carriers offer express shipping services, one in particular stands about above the rest when it comes to delivering packages in a pinch.
UPS is the Best Carrier for Emergency Delivery
Hands down, UPS is the premier carrier for emergency delivery. UPS offers a specific service called UPS Express Critical, which is the most reliable emergency delivery service in the industry. With UPS Express Critical, customers are able to have UPS deliver a package within a 24-hour period pretty much anywhere around the world (excluding some countries).
Don’t Use USPS for Emergency Deliveries
While USPS is the premier carrier for most eCommerce shipments, it may be the worst choice for having a package delivered in an emergency. The fastest service the US Postal Service provides is USPS Priority Mail Express. Priority Mail Express typically features overnight service to most urban locations (and 2-day delivery to rural areas). However, USPS has faced historic backlogs that have resulted in some unreliable delivery times. So, if you need an emergency delivery, it’s best to stick with UPS, even though it may cost more.
FedEx is Also Another Option
FedEx also provides ample overnight and express delivery services. However, Fedex’s comparable services are almost always more expensive than the ones UPS offers. This said, if you don’t have access to a UPS Store near you, FedEx is another perfectly fine option. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely need to shell out more money.
For more information on how UPS and FedEx’s rates compare to each other, check out our guest post on ShipBob, entitled: USPS vs UPS vs FedEx: Which is the Best Shipping Carrier?