Expedited Carriers Guide 2022
With enterprises running just-in-time and e-commerce accelerating customer expectations, shipment speed is more urgent than ever. From managing time-sensitive medical shipments to meeting last-minute capacity needs, shippers seek fast services, at reasonable costs.
These carriers can answer your need for speed. Offering same-day and next-day options, ground expedite and air charter solutions, to name a few, the carriers on this list can handle tight timeframes, specialized equipment needs, and mission-critical shipments.
Shippers can leverage Amazon’s supply chain capabilities and technology, in addition to more than 30,000 Amazon-owned trailers and network of vetted carriers. Provides full truckload services using 53-foot dry vans. Spot shipments are live loaded and unloaded. Online tools allow shippers to manage loads on demand.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Provides shippers with a self-service transportation management system (TMS) and can also integrate with shippers’ TMS via EDI. Trailers are equipped with GPS, and carriers and drivers utilize the Amazon Relay app to ensure real-time visibility. Shippers can book loads for next-day pickup or up to 14 days out.
americanexpediting.com | 412-321-4546
American Expediting provides specialized services, from cold chain logistics to urgent same-day ground transport. Time-critical package delivery services include next flight out and managed transportation services.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Offers real-time reporting for shipment transparency to validate the safety and quality of shipments and ensure compliance with Good Distribution Practice and other regulatory requirements.
arcb.com/panther-premium | 800-685-0657
ArcBest provides ground expedite service for time-sensitive freight through its Panther Premium Logistics fleet and its network of capacity providers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Expedited freight travels on an exclusive-use vehicle, without co-mingling. Air freight solutions available for international shipments.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Security measures include satellite tracking, in-cab panic alarms, and door sensors. Specialized equipment can accommodate oversized freight as well as temperature-sensitive shipments.
ascentgl.com/on-demand | 800-614-1348
Ascent On-Demand provides premium mission-critical air and ground transportation solutions across North America, as well as access to major forwarders for international air freight. The company delivers time-definite supply chain solutions across all transportation modes.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Offers access to an on-demand fleet. Bid board provides multiple solutions and just-in-time cost optimization. Real-time shipment and market pricing visibility.
averitt.com | 866-249-8496
Averitt offers ground and air services for shippers’ expedited needs—LTL and truckload, guaranteed time-critical LTL, charter flights, next-flight-out, next-day, and custom solutions.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Customized expedited solutions include complex time-sensitive distribution, project management, and event logistics. Provides specialized equipment and trailers, including reefers, flatbed and drop deck trailers, and courier vans.
Continental Expedited Services
continentalexpedited.com | 855-SHIPCES
Continental Expedited Services provides expedited ground solutions, offering door-to-door services covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also offers time-critical airfreight solutions through a network of more than 200 airfreight and air charter service providers.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Ground shipment services provide direct dual-driver nonstop transit anywhere in North America and satellite-tracked vehicles updated every 30 minutes. Through-trailer service with no transloading at borders.
dhl.com | 800-225-5345
Along with global expedited parcel services through DHL Express, DHL offers expedited freight solutions, including same-day airfreight services and fast, road-based solutions with dedicated ground vehicles. DHL also provides flexibility and cost savings for emergency, high-priority deliveries globally, helping shippers plan delivery schedules to meet urgent delivery needs.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Same-day, time-definite, and day-definite international express delivery. Consolidation of air, ocean, and rail shipments at origin including subsequent distribution via over-the-road, courier, or postal network. End-to-end traceability.
Echo Global Logistics
echo.com/services/specialized | 800-354-7993
Echo offers hot-shot ground and air-cargo services for time-sensitive shipments all over the United States, leveraging its network of more than 10,000 expedited carriers. Shipments are monitored from origin to destination to ensure time-definite delivery.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Airfreight services include exclusive-use charter, next-flight-out, next-day, and timed deliveries. Ground solutions include express cargo, sprinter vans, straight trucks, and on-demand team truckload. Expedited LTL services include next-day, second-day, and time-definite guaranteed deliveries nationwide.
Estes Forwarding Worldwide
efwnow.com | 855-433-9669
EFW provides a range of expedited services, including ground expedite, next flight out, air charter, next-day, second-day, and time-definite deliveries. EFW’s custom air charter solutions can meet tight deadlines and specialized needs including climate-control and special handling procedures.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Customizable solutions, providing flexible delivery, warehousing options, and 24-hour visibility through tracking technology. Supports aerospace, automotive, e-commerce, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and other industries.
fedexsameday.com | 800-399-5999
FedEx SameDay offers cross-country, door-to-door delivery for urgent shipments in hours, depending on flight availability. Available throughout all 50 states. Up to 2,200 lbs. per piece (or more with prior approval) and unlimited total shipment weight. For urgent deliveries to other countries, FedEx International Next Flight is available.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Proactive shipment monitoring and notification. API integration available: E-commerce solutions, including shipping and shopping cart software from third-party providers, can incorporate into the shipper’s platform.
forwardair.com | 800-726-6654
Leveraging a linehaul network that includes more than 100 terminals at or near major U.S. and Canadian airports, Forward Air provides expedited LTL transportation. Forward Air also offers expedited truckload services and last-mile optimization.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Time-definite delivery, late cutoffs, early recovery times, weekend service in select areas, and expedited lanes. Offers satellite tracking, online shipping visibility, and scanning systems that track inventory movement.
holmanusa.com/transportation | 253-872-7140
Holman Logistics provides ground transportation and managed brokerage services include truckload, LTL, standard ground, expedited, and same-day delivery. The company’s freight brokerage division offers white-glove services and expedited, night delivery 24/7/365.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Dedicated and shuttle services. Freight consolidation. Refrigerated, frozen, and temperature-controlled services. Flatbed and liftgate available. National coverage and availability. Managed shipment tracking and tracing.
hubgroup.com | 800-377-5833
Hub Group’s expedited freight services address and overcome last-minute logistics challenges. The company works with shippers to develop an expedited freight strategy, tapping into its network of regional and national carriers and end-to-end technology.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Online freight management platform Hub Connect provides shippers 24/7 access to intuitive freight management tools and AI-enabled shipment-level tracking. Shippers can schedule shipments, track loads, and review shipping documents from any device.
landstar.com | 877-696-4507
The Landstar Express America dynamic business model gives shippers instant access to expedited and emergency shipping capacity. Landstar agents help shippers expedite cargo via a dedicated cargo or sprinter van, straight truck, or tractor trailer, with timely and accurate updates throughout the shipment’s journey.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Expedited, emergency and disaster transportation services are available 24/7/365. Independent Landstar agents can expedite shipments via air using TSA-approved capacity including commercial cargo aircraft and carriers, as well as air charters at major airports.
load1.com | 734-947-9440
Load One operates a dedicated 24/7/365 staffed expedited operation serving the United States and Ontario, Canada. The division operates primarily sprinters, cube trucks, and straight trucks with both singles and teams. Load One works with more than 70 expedited carriers in the United States and Canada that are fully integrated with its computer system to offer shippers seamless coverage for critical ground shipments.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: GPS equipment enables real-time tracking service 24/7/365. TSA-approved drivers. In-cab scanning for fast proof of delivery. Hazmat authority.
lynden.com | 800-926-5703
As a global forwarder, Lynden works with airline partners to carry shipments to world markets quickly and efficiently. Lynden offers a variety of service levels, including charter flights, consolidations, and next-flight-out service, as well as next-day, second-day and three-to-five-day services, to meet specific requirements.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Shippers can track freight through the EZ Commerce Center. Custom ground transportation plans available to meet time and cost requirements. Proactive monitoring and notification available for urgent shipments.
magnateworldwide.com | 971-339-7621
Magnate Worldwide is composed of logistics providers focused on expedited domestic transportation and global freight forwarding. Its Masterpiece Security Group offers expedited cargo handling and supervision, cargo escorts, and secure routing through a licensed staff and fleet of tarmac vehicles.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Time-definite LTL, customized white-glove, airfreight, and other domestic and international expedited services. Specialized service levels available for sensitive, time-definite, and high-value shipments.
Old Dominion Freight Line
odfl.com | 800-637-7333
Old Dominion offers same-day, next-day, or time-specific delivery of expedited freight. From one-time to recurring shipments, Old Dominion provides must-arrive-by-date and on-time-in-full guarantees.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: OD On Demand service lets shippers schedule a time-specific delivery, during normal business hours, after hours, or over the weekend. OD Guaranteed service ensures that high-value, time-sensitive orders will be delivered by 5 p.m. on the day scheduled, or freight charges revert to standard rates.
Pegasus Logistics Group
pegasuslogistics.com | 800-997-7226
Pegasus Logistics Group is a global freight forwarder that specializes in expedited ground, air, and ocean services including white-glove delivery, hot shots, specialized equipment, time-critical FTL, and next-flight-out.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: The 3PL manages shipments through 24/7 dedicated account teams and ensures visibility by providing satellite tracking, web services, interactive dashboards, and full-scale reporting.
Pilot Freight Services
pilotdelivers.com | 800-HI-PILOT
Pilot Freight Services provides domestic air and ground freight delivery options for nearly every type of shipment traveling throughout the United States, with 24/7 customer support and integrated logistics.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Door-to-door control over shipments via a wide range of vehicles including vans, cubes, straight trucks, and tractor-trailers. First-flight, next-day a.m. and p.m., and 2-3 day shipping is available.
purolator.com | 888-302-8819
Purolator Express offers guaranteed, next-day delivery across Canada with multiple times available to meet service level needs.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Purolator can customize shipments to and from the United States and within Canada. Online tracking provides visibility into all expedited freight shipments. Special freight services include advance delivery notification/appointments and tailgate services (if no dock at the pickup site).
Quick Global Priority Logistics
quick.aero | 800-488-4400
Quick actively manages logistics globally, and can help expedite delivery to anywhere in the world. Serving the aviation, biotech/pharma, and healthcare industries, among others. Relationships with the global airline network allow Quick to choose fast and safe shipment routes.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Priority services include next-flight-out, on-board courier, air charter, priority freight, and dangerous goods. Time- and temperature-sensitive and mission-critical solutions supported by logistics technology. Quick’s team of logistics specialists is available 24/7 to support project requirements.
rxo.com | 844-742-5976
With more than 30 years of experience in domestic and cross-border solutions, RXO manages time-critical shipments from origin to destination with end-to-end digital visibility and is capable of facilitating shipments of all sizes.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Coordinators are available 24/7/365. The company offers digital visibility of freight in transit and can adjust modes within its transportation range if circumstances change.
saia.com | 800-765-7242
Saia offers regional and interregional LTL, non-asset truckload service, and third-party logistics. Saia Guaranteed offers shippers the ability to pick the time of delivery, either by 12 p.m. or by 5 p.m.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Saia’s Custom Solutions offering provides expedited shipment delivery across a 48-state area in a shipper’s specified timeframe. Saia Guaranteed service shipments are specially marked within the Saia system, providing up-to-the-minute shipment visibility and proactive handling.
Scan Global Logistics
scangl.com | 45 32 48 00 00
Scan Global Logistics is a global full-service logistics provider headquartered in the Nordic that provides logistics through tailored solutions made by specialists, problem-solvers, and entrepreneurs.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Scan Global Logistics’ portal provides shippers with access to its full range of import and export services, including track and trace, rates, multiple carriers, time in transit, and more.
sekologistics.com | 800-228-2711
SEKO’s domestic expedited shipping service uses multiple shipment methods that include truckload, commercial airlines, charters, and hot shots via cargo van or straight truck, to ensure parcels arrive on time. Dedicated and part-charter flights are available to handle time-sensitive deliveries. Express, standard, economy, and charter services are available.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: SEKO Next Flight Out is designed for situations when parcels are needed as fast as possible. Regular, accurate status and location updates provided throughout the delivery. Shipments are tracked online 24/7 via MySEKO. No weight restrictions, available 365 days per year.
uber.com/us/en/freight | 877-289-8237
Uber Freight is an app that matches carriers with shippers. Carriers can tap a button and book a load without back-and-forth negotiations.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Upfront pricing and visibility provide shippers with the information needed to make business decisions. Uber Freight also offers 24/7 support.
ups.com | 888-742-5877
Extensive domestic ground and air network. For urgent shipments, UPS offers several guaranteed next-day and same-day delivery options, with time-definite next-day delivery by morning, noon, or end-of-day, depending on shipper needs. UPS Express Critical service allows for same-day delivery of critical shipments.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: UPS offers value-added services such as pickup and delivery options, delivery notification, and special handling to meet each company’s shipping needs.
Ward Transport and Logistics
wardtlc.com/expedited-2 | 800-458-3625
Ward’s Fast ForWARD Expedite Service handles time-sensitive shipments, available 24/7. Ward provides national and international solutions for land, air, and sea transportation. Maintains a network of 20 strategically placed service centers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Guaranteed delivery, pool distribution. Protect from freeze/full-value insurance. LTL consolidation, dedicated spot quotes.
werner.com/shippers/expedited | 800-228-2240
Werner’s operating area reaches throughout North America, via offerings such as transcontinental, engineered solutions with designated OD pairings, terminal-to-terminal, and lane-based. These services are designed for small parcel packages, LTL purchase transportation, OEM manufacturing, freight forwarders, retail, and pharmaceutical/technology.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Provides a total team capacity of more than 1,000 that delivers service for companies with team transit needs. Werner states that it maintains higher than 99% on-time delivery record for time-definite shipments.
WSI Supply Chain Solutions
wsinc.com/service/transportation | 920-830-9155
WSI spans a nationwide distribution network with global logistics reach. WSI’s transportation network and strategically located distribution centers help expedite shipments worldwide. Within the United States, WSI achieves same-day or next-day delivery to all major cities.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Parcel, LTL, FTL, same-day, and next-day service.
yrc.com/services/time-critical | 800-610-6500
Time-critical service coordinates air and ground modes to meet timelines. Specialized equipment meets most shipping requirements. North America LTL network and cross-border expertise facilitate service during shipment, while TSA-approved certified cargo screening facilities and indirect air carrier status maintain shipment integrity and avoid delays.
SOLUTIONS/FEATURES: Time-Critical accommodates customer-defined delivery dates and times, including holidays and weekends. YRC also offers guaranteed deliveries, 24/7 customer service, and online tracking.