What is Expedited Delivery?
Expedited delivery is essentially when a particular parcel or consignment is prioritised over others, improving its delivery speed.
For many courier services ‘expedited’ is simply a means by which to describe the range of services that provide a faster delivery speed than the standard ‘three working days’ rule-of-thumb.
That said, ‘expedited delivery’ encompasses:
- express deliveries (1-3 days typically for international services)
- next-day deliveries
- same-day deliveries
What Does ‘Expedited’ Delivery Mean?
The word ‘expedite’ simply means ‘to perform quickly’.
The word itself is derived from Latin. The prefix ‘ex’ (meaning ‘out’) and the word ‘ped’ (meaning ‘foot’) originally came together in ‘expedire’ (‘freeing the foot’), though soon afterwards someone swanned in with a ’t’ and it became ’expedite’. This is especially applicable to couriers since older systems had couriers delivering everything on foot.
Therefore, the expedited delivery meaning is just a delivery that’s carried out more quickly than a standard service.
What’s the Difference Between an ‘Express’ and an ‘Expedited’ Service?
Some e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay offer ‘expedited delivery’ as a particular service, as well as express, even though the words themselves essentially mean the same thing.
Naturally, that gets a little confusing for customers.
The difference between what is classed as an expedited service and an express one really depends on the site that’s offering the service. Amazon, for example, advertises Express Delivery as a next-day service in which the package is scheduled to arrive before 1 pm. Their Expedited Delivery, however, is a 1-3 day service.
Amazon Expedited Delivery
If you are selling online, Amazon expedited delivery is a very popular shipping option for Amazon members and for non-prime members, there is a charge of £5.49. Delivery times usually vary from 1 to 3 days.
Amazon expedited delivery is only available for UK addresses, so if you don't see the expedited delivery option at the checkout, then you are either your item or your address is not eligible. Click here to see if your postcode is eligible.
Amazon expedited delivery does not offer delivery on Sundays and Bank Holidays, so please take this into account before placing an order.
When Will I Need an Expedited Service?
It’s important that online sellers are able to offer expedited deliveries for their customers because two-day and next-day deliveries are quickly becoming the norm of the industry.
As it gets easier to order online and getting it only hours later, customers can be put off if the product they want will only really be theirs in 3-5 working days.
Anyone looking to build their business online, then, should be able to offer expedited delivery options to their customers if they want a chance to compete in an ever-evolving online marketplace.
Hopefully, that clears things up a little bit. At Parcel2Go, we offer a number of expedited shipping options for you to choose from wherever and whatever you’re sending.
Our Expedited Delivery Prices
|Destination||Royal Mail*||Parcel2Go**||You Save|
|Rest of World||£13.60||£10.29||£3.61 Save 28%|
*Prices are accurate as of 06/11/2019. Prices are taken from royalmail.com.
**Prices exclude VAT.