Choosing a Shipping Method
When choosing a shipping method, ask yourself:
- How soon must the item arrive?
- Do I need to track this item?
- Do I need this item insured?
- Do I need a Saturday Delivery?
- Do I have a street or a PO Box address?
FedEx Ground should be used for heavy or expensive items that are not urgent in nature. Delivery is usually in 2-5 days depending on destination.
FedEx Express is the best method for urgent packages that must be tracked or insured. Saturday delivery is an extra fee and not available in many regions. In most cases packages should be to the mailroom by 9am for same day shipping. The shipper chooses when the packages should be delivered. Overnight, two-day, three-day, etc.
Express Mail is another alternative for urgent packages. Delivery is 1-2 days depending on the destination zip code and delivery to the Post Office. Express mail is generally about twice as much as FedEx Express, but Saturday Delivery is available at no extra charge to most Zip Codes. If you are shipping to a business and they are closed on Saturday you should consider using FedEx Express.
If the item is delivered to the mailroom after 9am, neither FedEx Ground nor FedEx Express packages will go out until the next day.
Priority Mail is the best value in urgent shipping. However there is a fee if you want to track it. No signature is captured unless extra services are requested and fees are paid. The average delivery is 2-3 days. However there is no guaranteed delivery date.
Still confused? More confused? Contact the mailroom and we will help you decide on a shipping method.