The Essential Guide to Ground Expedite Shipping

Ground expedite is all about fast-tracking the shipping process.

When an important part of your machinery fails, you don’t have time to wait for UPS, FedEx or the USPS.

Every minute of downtime is costing you money, so it’s vital that you get what you need via the fastest method possible.

Here’s what you need to know about ground expedite shipping and how it can save you precious time – and protect your revenue.

When ground expedite saves the day

Let’s take a look at some of the times when ground expedite is the best way to solve a shipping emergency:

  • Construction management. Often, crews are brought in from different places to work on a particular job site. If a piece of machinery breaks down, you could end up paying workers who can’t do their job until a replacement part arrives.
  • Oil and gas industry. Pipes can spring leaks. It happens. While they can be patched, it’s only a temporary fix and a replacement is needed as soon as possible.
  • Power nuclear. Nuclear reactors are intricate and – not surprisingly – have a lot of components. When one of them fails, it’s vitally important to have your replacement part and the backup part ASAP. Every hour a nuclear reactor is down costs a phenomenal amount of money.

These emergency scenarios are common, but ground expedite shipping can be used for anything you need in a timely manner.

Advantages of ground expedite

Of course, speed is one of the most important benefits, but it isn’t the only one. Other benefits include:

  • Tracking. Being able to find out where your shipment is at all times can give you peace of mind that everything’s under control.
  • Single point of contact. Because your shipment won’t be making any stops or transitions on its way to you, you don’t have to worry about keeping track of multiple contacts.
  • Options. There are a variety of choices for your ground expedited shipment, depending on the timeframe in which you need it to arrive, the location and the item being shipped.

Let’s dive into the ground expedite options.

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Ground expedite options

Whether your shipment is 1 lb. or 50,000 lbs., going 3 miles or 3,000 miles, there’s a service to meet your needs.

1. Exclusive truck

Also called “Full Truck Load,” one truck will take your parts or supplies from Point A to Point B, and it will be exclusively for your materials.

This is used when your shipment takes up all (or nearly all) of the space in a trailer.

2. One and two-man team

Sometimes your shipment will go in a truck with one driver to take it from the warehouse to your destination.

Another option is a two-man team. This allows your shipment to keep moving while two individuals take turns driving, so there’s no delay.

3. After-hours and weekends

Emergencies are never convenient.

Parts don’t only fail during business hours.

Ground expedite is designed to be available for you 24/7, 365 days a year.

There really aren’t any “after hours.”

4. Hotshot

These types of shipments are usually made in Class 3, 4, or 5 trucks pulling a flatbed or other type of trailer.

Often, they’re hauling something that’s needed to prevent a failure, such as a power grid in a factory or a pump for an oil field.

They can also be used for shipping very large, bulky machinery.

Get your time-sensitive shipment without a hitch

Critical shipping scenarios require the skill of a logistics expert that can ensure you’ll get your important parts and supplies on time, every time.

You have options for your time-sensitive materials, and ground expedite pros will hook you up with the best shipping methods for your unique needs.

Don’t get stuck in the field, on the site or in the plant, and losing money because your critical materials have been delayed. Work with ATM Freight Services trusted experts.

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