Understanding the Difference Between Shipping and Delivery

If you’ve ever ordered a product from a business, you’ve likely seen the terms “shipping” and “delivery” used interchangeably. But did you know that these terms have different meanings?

In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between shipping and delivery so you can better understand what’s happening when you order an item online or use a carrier service like Econo-Courier to ship and deliver your packages.

What is Shipping?

Shipping refers to the process of getting a package from one location to another. This could involve several steps, depending on the package’s origin and destination. Typically, the shipping process begins when a carrier service like Econo-Courier picks up the package.

Once the carrier has the package, it is then transported to a sorting facility, where it’s sorted and routed to its final destination. Depending on the package’s size, weight, and destination, this might involve several different carriers or shipping methods.

Throughout the shipping process, the package’s progress will be tracked using a tracking number provided by the carrier. This allows the sender and recipient to see where the package is and when it is expected to arrive.

What is Delivery?

Delivery, on the other hand, refers to the actual act of getting the package into the hands of the recipient. This could be done by the carrier or third-party delivery service.

For example, if you order something from an e-commerce store and select “one-day shipping,” the package will be shipped via the quickest carrier available. However, the final delivery will likely be made by a third-party delivery service specializing in the “last mile” of delivery, which involves getting the package from a local distribution center to the recipient’s doorstep.

Delivery can also involve different service levels, such as “white glove” delivery for large or fragile items. This typically includes unpacking the item, setting it up, and removing any packaging materials.

The Difference Between Shipping and Delivery

So, what is the difference between shipping and delivery? In short, shipping refers to getting a package from one location to another, while delivery refers to getting the package into the hands of the recipient.

While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s essential to understand the difference between them. Knowing how shipping and delivery work can help you make informed decisions when ordering a product and understand what to expect when receiving a package.

Choose Econo-Courier for Shipping & Delivery

Econo-Courier is your go-to courier service in the New York and Philadelphia metro areas. Schedule a pick-up, delivery, or warehousing service by filling out our contact form or by calling:

  • North Jersey Office (Servicing NY Metro Area) – (973) 882-8004
  • South Jersey Office (Servicing Philadelphia Metro Area) – (856) 330-2200