July 6, 2023

Many online shoppers love the option of fast deliveries and are willing to pay extra for it. Over the years, retail giants like Amazon have fed this need, altering customer expectations. Today, online shoppers expect 2-day delivery options whenever and wherever they shop. While this is great, it presents a problem for small eCommerce brands; how do they stand out?  

This is where overnight shipping options come in handy. These options allow eCommerce brands to offer premium shipping experiences to last-minute shoppers. 

Overnight Shipping Options Compared

At AIM Mail Centers, you can choose major carriers, including USPS, UPS, and FedEx. While they all offer an overnight shipping option, they are different. Here's how their overnight shipping solutions compare. 

UPS Overnight Shipping Options

UPS boasts of providing multiple overnight delivery options than other services, with UPS Next Day Air being their fastest. These overnight delivery options include:

  • UPS Next Day Air
    Next-day Air provides consumers guaranteed delivery between 10:30 and noon or the end of the day, depending on the recipient's address. On Saturday, it delivers packages by noon or 1:30 pm. The service covers all 50 states and Puerto Rico but has some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii.  
  • UPS Next Day Saver
    This option is less expensive than Next Day Air and guarantees product arrival on the next day between 3 pm and 4:30 pm. It's available in 48 states and some parts of Alaska and Hawaii. 
  • UPS Next Day Air Early
    This option is perfect for packages that should be delivered at the start of the following business day. It guarantees delivery between 8 am (major cities) and 9:30 am (other cities). For Saturday delivery, the package can arrive at 9 am. 

USPS Overnight Shipping Options

Although USPS doesn't have a lot of express shipping options, you can get overnight shipping with the Priority Mail Express option. 

  • USPS Priority Mail Express
    USPS guarantees a next-day delivery to some 3-digit or 5-digit destination ZIP Code addresses through this service. For most areas, the service is more like a 2-day delivery by 6 pm for packages not more than 70 pounds. 

FedEx Overnight Shipping Options

FedEx is popular for its express shipping offering. It's one of the features that propelled them to the top of the industry. Below are some overnight shipping options available at AIM Mail Centers.

  • FedEx Standard Overnight
    This is their next-day shipping option that guarantees delivery to US residences by 8 pm and to businesses by 4:30 pm. It's available across the 50 states, but Hawaii and Alaska have some restrictions.  
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
    This service offers next-day delivery by 10:30 am to most businesses in the contiguous US and 12 pm or 4 pm to residences and some rural areas. You can expect the delivery by noon, 1:30 pm, or 2 pm on Saturday.
  • FedEx First Overnight
    Through this service, FedEx delivers packages on the next business day by 8 am, 8:30 am, 9:00 am, or 9:30 am for most places. However, extended areas receive their packages by 10 am, 11 am, or 2 pm. 

    Note: Overnight and expedited shipping options are subject to exceptions

Get Help Executing Overnight Delivery from AIM Mail Centers

Working with a trusted shipping brand like AIM Mail Centers can help you easily offer customers overnight shipping. AIM offers overnight shipping options from all the carries listed above. At AIM Mail Centers, we'll guide you through picking the best delivery option based on cost and timelines.