Choosing and understanding your expedited shipping options can sometimes get a little confusing, so allow us to clear things up for you. Just check out the chart above or download on the bottom of this post. Hey, you just might learn something new! We have three general rush shipping options to choose from. It's best to think of them based on what you need- Same Day Far Away (Expedited Air- about 600 miles), Next Day Anywhere (Air Cargo Network), and Same Day 500 Miles or Less, (Expedited Ground). The best choice for you often comes down to your needs and budget.
Let's start with the quickest and most premium priced, Expedited Air. This is the best choice for relatively smaller critical deliveries that need to go generally under 600 to 750 miles away. Items can include even palletized cargo up to about a van load, depending on aircraft, yet most of the time shipments are smaller items. This is a white glove process that mobilizes dedicated ground transportation and aircraft to get your item door to door the quickest way possible. And so, even unboxed or uncrated items are safe to ship. There aren't any schedules to accommodate, lines or queues. We wrangle the closest free vehicle, pick up your shipment and get it on a smaller dedicated aircraft right away. It's then flown direct to the closest small airport to your destination. Upon arrival, ground transportation whisks it away to its final destination. It's the quickest offering- there's no other way to get it there any faster. Yet it can be cheaper than you think, provided you have more volume. Although, it can be sensitive to things like weather and shipment size, so choose carefully. Keep in mind, this sort of service can also really begin to make sense as part of an overnight middle mile solution as well. If you have regular customers and are offering overnight shipping, a plane load, combined with final mile ground transportation can easily service more widespread and rural areas much more quickly than standard overnight air cargo. This would allow you to get up to a couple pallets worth of items to your customers with ease, in addition to giving you more time margin to collect and sort those orders- something that ground-only transportation can't provide.
Do you have an overnight or two day shipment involving at least one box measuring over 20 inches? Forget about Fedex- give us a call for better pricing and service. Your second option is best for next day service, and can sometimes even accomplish same day service (yet this takes at least one day lead time). Utilizing our next day air cargo network, we're able to get your shipment across the country with ease. Often, dedicated or semi-dedicated vehicles are used to pickup your items, which can be boxed, crated or palletized, and flown via one of our air partners to the destination of your choice. Our ground transport is waiting right on the other end to pickup and deliver your shipment to its endpoint, whether that's a business or commercial address. For long distance shipments, this is generally the best cost/speed combination. The only caveats are possible weather delays and if your delivery destination is far outside a metro area, which can add some time and cost.
Finally, there's our Expedited Ground option. Whether you have boxes, envelopes, or palletized items, this is the most economically priced, and definitely the fastest under about 110 or so miles. Based on your needs, items are likely going direct from pickup to delivery. That means no staging and shuttling between terminals or other costly delays. We can usually accommodate same day orders, dispatching a driver to pickup your item as soon as your order is paid for and shipping details are put into our system. As always, we can also easily provide daily same day service as part of your middle miles to keep your or your customers inventory flowing reliably.
Ultimately, the speed of service is dictated by your needs. But some choices are made for you by circumstance. Stamford CT to San Francisco CA by the next day? Our overnight air cargo is the way to go. Likewise, if you have a few boxes that need to get from Edison NJ to Bethlehem PA, it will be there in a few hours with one of our dedicated vans. NYC to Raleigh, NC same day? If there's a cutoff time, it has to be flown direct- door to door in about 4.5 hours. Just need it there same day? It can go via dedicated ground. A 9AM pickup would have it there by 7PM.
The world of expedited courier shipping and delivery can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Hopefully this post gives you some solid insight behind the different shipping options you have available. Any questions, feel free to reach out to us here or simply call 732 979 2293. We look forward to working with you!
The ride isn't exactly a quick trip, clocking in at 11.5 hours without stops, and around $150 in fuel costs depending on your ride, but it's a doable feat for one driver with plenty of the right kinds of power food/energy drinks and copious rest beforehand. With another driver sharing the load, you have a perfectly reasonable day of travel with time for an actual meal outside of the confines of the car. That's a priceless advantage when you're really racking up the miles. Who wouldn't want to grab some real southern BBQ or avoid the typical chains for the local favorite spot?
So what if you just don't want to drive? Sure there's airline travel clocking in at $150 and slightly under 2.5 hours flight time, but once you add up the hours of waiting before and after your departure/arrival, you're looking at closer to 4.5 total. Then there's transportation to and from the airport, which could be another $120 plus, and don't forget those taxis or Ubers once you want to get around there. If you don't mind smaller airplanes, you could hitch a ride and be there in 6 hours in a slower plane. In faster small airplanes, 4.5 or even 3.5 hours is possible. This makes it the best and most convenient travel option overall, but unless you have a wealthy friend who just can't wait to buy a bunch of fuel and shell out for operating costs all for the sheer joy of your company, you'd be looking at a charter in the realm of at least $4000, which gets practically reasonable if you're bringing friends. Then you'd also have to add in that ground transportation once again. If you happen to have or share your own jet, you're probably not even reading this, and you might as well go to the Caribbean. It's worth the extra hour and you can afford the operating costs, landing fees and champagne anyway.
If you prefer to rough it, but aren't the camping type, a Greyhound will get you there in a mere 19.5 hours and two transfers for about $139.
Does flying still seem dangerous to you even though the Wright Brothers figured it out over 100 years ago? It's closer to 20 hours by the romantic clickety clack of the rails. And, you get to seek solace in the fact that we have the best rail system of any third world country. But, at least there's no road mileage or grimy rest stops and if NJTransit, Metro North and LIRR are any indication, train sleep is always good sleep.
I won't cover boating because there are no reasonable options, unless you have about 30 hours and you're willing to buy lots of gas. It's the same for horseback minus the gas, plus the water stops and feed, because they're about the same speed. But if you have about a week, you can cruise there, and to a bunch of other places too, for about $500.
At Tailwind, we usually stick to road travel, so I'm a bit biased. Therefore, I'd recommend driving there, and I know you can do it too. Otherwise, you'd be missing out on key local flavor (aka BBQ and coffee spots). The Charleston area of South Carolina is the closest place you can reasonably drive to for a bona fide taste of Spring temps. Unfortunately we don't get to pick our destinations, but you do, and Charleston sounds pretty good right about now.
Originally published 1/19.
After you've spent enough years on the road, you slowly begin to hone in on the right road diet. Or if like me, you're stubborn enough, you eventually stop eating things that screw up your day in one way or another. Also, having plenty of time to listen to the likes of Tim Ferriss and Joe Rogan certainly helps. All that bleeding edge info about meats, fats and sugars starts to finally penetrate even the thickest of skulls, and the blood sugar energy-crash roller coaster begins to give way to dense slow burn energy.
Here's what works for me: skip the breads and sugary drinks at all costs. Desserts will precipitate an energy rush followed by the desire to hibernate (not a roadworthy aspiration). Pizza is a tempting but dangerous proposition. Coffee is both friend and foe. Redbull is best used in emergency situations, like the second to last leg of that trip back from Indiana, when Pittsburgh flies by but the endless miles of the same farms render the minutes into slow motion sludge. Even if you're not on some form of keto, paleo or The Eskimo Diet, the best energy is delivered the old fashioned way, via MEAT, especially when tasty things like spices and cranberries are incorporated.
The holidays are over :( so throw out those stale cookies! To seriously level up your snack game whether you're on the road or not, these are what you need. If you're a total jerky noob, this sample pack will prime your palate before digging in deep.
Just Another Day At The Office...
Sometimes the pleasantly unexpected has a way of catching you off guard in the best of ways, like a bite of pie that zings your tastebuds with about a thousand times more delicious flavor than you expected. A funny thing happens the first time a customer tells you that you saved their life, or day, or week- you may not really believe it. Have you ever experienced that? Part of it has more than a little to do with how normal it feels. You're just doing your job. That long distance drive or 600 mile charter flight, or 3 AM dispatch time just seems like another exciting yet relatively normal day in the business. But to you, the customer, it's much more than that. It's about knowing you can rely on someone to be the priceless key component in a chain of events. And this is where I vow to always be the strong link. Because being that vital link is being your life, day, or week saver, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Some think of travel as a means to an end, but to us, it's an art. No, we can't compare our impeccable cargo skills to a Cezzane but it's our art nonetheless. To some people it's traffic, long queues and plenty of aggravation, but we see the beauty in it. We're the type of people that achieve a zen state through forward motion. It's all about the journey- looking out over the horizon and getting there, wherever it happens to be right now. The hum of the road, usually not the road less traveled, but best traveled. Our other satisfaction comes through making things happen, big and small, to get things where they need to go, safely, securely and quickly.
Sure, we can do run of the mill, but we love to rise to a challenge. Larger items, deadlines, airports, country roads and city streets- they're all in our wheelhouse. Maybe you don't get that magnetic draw of the road, or the sky, but we don't ever expect that sort of dedication to the act itself. We are the challenge seekers, the drivers, handlers and pilots who can't resist the call of that special place, the horizon. After your shipment makes it to its destination, our journey continues and we wouldn't have it any other way.
There Is A Cure For Those Summertime Blues
Summer is a time that can be notoriously slow on business. People are away, the heat slows down our thinking to a pace that the strongest Starbucks espresso can't fix, and mentally we're at the beach. And so things tend to slip. Dates, deadlines, and even those self improvement plans get put on hold because lounging by the pool or basking in the sweet air conditioning can be a much more satisfying alternative. However, there are things you can do to ease the pain, like running a summer special, automating, and staying in touch with your customers, which are a few of the tips suggested by Ali J. Taylor in his 7 Tips to Overcome the Summer Business Slow Down which can help you pick up the slack when you lost your grip.
But sometimes you just need a hand. That's where we come in. Left that laptop somewhere? Need that project or display delivered door to door as fast as possible? Or maybe it's a pallet of materials or merchandise that need to be there now. With our same day delivery service, you can trust it will be there as quickly as possible.
So breathe a sigh of relief. It will all be okay. We're here to help.