It’s amazing the things a body can forget if you live long enough. I should have told you about this eons ago. There is a surprisingly inexpensive and often faster shipping option other than FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS that you might not know about. Under certain conditions, you can get a package to a customer (or a contractor) in a matter of hours and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. But first, how I came to remember it because that will explain this how this largely unknown shipping method can save you when you’re in a real bind.
Last Saturday, Mr. Fashion-Incubator drove down to our house in Las Cruces (that we still haven’t sold). A nice lunch and 250 miles later, he called me with the news that he forgot the house keys. What a quandary! I dimly remembered there was a solution for this mess, there was a way I could get those keys to him in just a few hours without having to drive them down myself. Can you guess? Ah come on, the photo* is a clue!
Yes, Go Greyhound! Greyhound offers package express services. Did you know? In fact, I suggest applying for a commercial shipping account ahead of time in case you ever need it because it may take a few days for them to get back to you. In my case, our problem was solved with a bus leaving for Las Cruces in 30 minutes.
The Greyhound representative followed up with me on Tuesday (I’d applied for a commercial account, I didn’t see an option for personal). He was particularly intrigued because I was (ostensibly) an apparel business. He told me that the apparel industry is a very good customer for them. I was very shocked when he rattled off the names of their three biggest customers. He said that greyhound shipping is very popular for apparel businesses because our boxes can be so big. He explained that their cost of service on over-sized packages (to include rolls of fabric and cut bundles being sent from a cutter to a contractor too -can you believe it?) was roughly half the cost of UPS and FedEx because those shippers also charge based on carton size. Namely, that half the charges for a standard shipper is based on size not weight. Greyhound only charges based on weight. Pretty wild, huh?
And like I said, I’d forgotten about this. I had a customer back in the mid 90’s who did all of her shipping on Greyhound. Who knows if this will work for you, the best way to know delivery times is to check the bus schedules for your desired delivery destination. Imagine how handy this could be; how many times have you arrived at a trade show without a critical item? Depending on where you and your item respectively are, you can get it faster and less expensively than it would cost to overnight it on the standard carriers. It won’t hurt to look into it; they also offer courier service if the package recipient can’t go to the station to retrieve the item. See the FAQ for more information and I hope this solves a problem for you some day.
*Have you ever been around greyhounds? There is a racetrack in southern NM so the greyhound rescue people are very active and we saw the dogs around town frequently. If you haven’t been around them, they are nothing like you’d imagine. They are the calmest, most even-tempered, quiet, low energy dogs I’ve ever seen. They are lazy! They aren’t called “forty-mile-per-hour couch potatoes” for nothing. Speaking of, they also steal. Couches. They love comfort.