Ever wonder how those toothbrush heads you ordered yesterday got to your house today? Wonder no more. We're taking a look at what goes into expedited shipping, from the moment you place your order to its arrival at your door.
From Clicking to Shipping
Although we all know and love our local postal worker, UPS and FedEx are leaps and bounds ahead of the usps. in fact, they are responsible for a combined 98 percent of all shipping costs from federal agencies. even the u.s. government chooses the private sector over its own shipping service. in 2012, the two delivery giants shared $90 billion in revenue and processed approximately 25 million packages a day. they do have different business models, however, and it is fedex that specializes in express service. they’re the ones that get you those last-minute christmas gifts on time, but ups does have its own expedited options.
How do they do it? It starts with an early enough drop-off or pick-up time, after which your package is taken to a local hub to be sorted. Orders typically go through two or three different stages of sorting, based on size, destination, and type of service. the tracking number embedded in each parcel’s label acts as its gps, and is scanned at every point of transfer during the process to make sure it is on the right track. this is how you are updated with its most recent location.