Top Shipping and Tracking Companies

Shipping companies are a very easy to locate in the US, but to find a shipping company that will also track shipping can sometimes be difficult. The nationally recognized companies are the best with shipment tracking because they have the most experience, so this writing will focus on the best features of each nationally recognizable shipping company.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the best shipping company to use for non critical shipments. They are the most reasonable as far a price and will bring priority mail supplies to your door for free. Priority and Express Mail are shipment options that can be tracked; however, the tracking via the USPS website is not as detailed as other shipping companies. The price for shipping with the USPS is the most reasonable of any of the major companies, but only Express Mail is guaranteed to be delivered on a certain day or before a certain time. The USPS is the only shipper that will deliver to post office boxes, military boxes, or fleet mail boxes though, so if this is necessary for your needs, you will have no other options.

Federal Express (FedEx) is the most reliable of the shipping companies for overnight deliveries. The USPS even contracts with FedEx for assistance with many of their air parcels. FedEx offers more delivery options when overnight shipping is needed. There are two morning delivery choices and also two day and three day options. All air deliveries are guaranteed with FedEx although the prices are a bit higher than USPS. Shipment tracking on this website is very detailed and kept updated, but depending on the type of shipment the pickup driver may be different. Ground deliveries are picked up by different drivers than those that are express or home deliveries, so this may be an inconvenience depending on your specific needs.

The United Parcel Service (UPS) is usually the most expensive of all the domestic shippers, but if your shipments are heavy, they are your best option. UPS will track shipping with utmost detail and the website is very user friendly. They offer the best options for insuring your shipments also, but will allow the USPS to deliver smaller packages to rural areas which can slow delivery times. All deliveries are guaranteed and there are more drop off locations to choose from; however, rural site pick up can be an extra charge, if available.

It is important to track shipping in order to provide the best customer service. The aforementioned shippers will all complete that need, they just have different niches and pricing schedules. As a business with shipment tracking needs it will be dependent on the particulars of your shipments as to which company will provide the best service to meet your needs. Compare the pros and cons in order to make the best decision for your company, customers, and financial bottom line.