5 Delivery Terms Every Business Owner Needs to Know

If you’re a small business owner, then you’re probably going to depend on courier services at some point. The delivery industry, like most other industries, has its own unique lingo and terminology. Being familiar with at least some of the most common delivery industry terms can help you communicate more effectively with your courier and choose the appropriate level of service for your business.

Here are 5 delivery terms to know when working with Econo-Courier, that every business owner should know:

  1. Logistic Services: Simply put, logistics services comprise all of the activity that takes place to get your shipment from its point of origin to its destination—otherwise known as the supply chain. Of course, what happens between shipment and arrival is typically a very complex process that requires perfect orchestration of several elements, including timing, transportation, packing, warehousing, inventory control, communication, digital tracking, and data management. That’s a lot to keep track of and most small businesses don’t have the manpower or bandwidth to stay on top of it all. That’s why many turn to a third-party vendor like Econo-Courier to handle their logistics services.
  2. Logistics Warehousing: Warehousing is just one element of the logistics services described above, but that single element encompasses its own set of complex factors. This includes the flow of inventory, damaged goods, and customer returns. Warehouse logistics may also extend to warehouse pest control, safety policies, and worker management. In other words, warehouse logistics involves all the policies, procedures, and organizational tools necessary to keep your warehouse operations running smoothly.
  3. Expedited Delivery: Expedited delivery is when a particular parcel or consignment is prioritized over others, shortening the time it takes to get to its destination. Expedited delivery services typically costs more, but if you have a package that needs to be delivered in less than three days’ time, the next day, or even same day, then it’s nice to have the option available to you.
  4. Less Than Truckload (LTL) Services: The transport of freight that doesn’t require the entire space of a truck is also known as less than truckload (LTL) shipping. This shipping method allows multiple shippers to share the space, and the cost, of a single truck. This is a very cost-effective option because you pay only for the space you need, instead of a full truck. Typically, the LTL shipping route is ideal for businesses who routinely have freight shipments less than 15,000 pounds.
  5. Man-In-a-Van ServicesSM: Make sure your items are professionally delivered with uniformed drivers that will quickly become familiar with your operations and customers, reducing expenses and valuable time on your end. The key to this service is that you’re hiring the van along with the man who’ll drive it, load it, and unload it, taking all the stress out of your move or delivery.


Now that you are familiar with these common delivery terms, you’ll be able to speak to your courier with confidence and accurately describe your needs.

Is your business in need of a trusted courier service? Contact Econo-Courier today to speak with a friendly member of the staff about your delivery needs. The office can be reached at 800-526-9094.