Parcel Shipping

Parcel shipping historically focused on packages that could reasonably be lifted without assistance by an average person. In other words, packages of less than 150 pounds incurred lower shipping charges due to maneuverability. Yet, pricing models for parcel are evolving to help small package carriers maintain a competitive advantage, and software-as-a-service providers are continuing to create a parcel-dominated industry.

What Distinguishes Us.

Responsibility

We assume responsibility with every parcel we deliver, for the environment too. Shipping of all parcels is CO2 neutral at no extra cost to you.

Safety

Along with the utmost care and safety for our employees, your parcel is not just in safe hands, it is also well insured.

Innovation

We constantly develop new, individual products and services which make sending and receiving parcels easier. For you and your customers.

BENEFITS OF PARCEL SHIPPING

Ironically, the benefits of parcel shipping are dependent on the package’s risk. For example, smaller packages mean more individualized care in ensuring each package arrives at the appropriate destination. Moreover, an increased number of checkpoints by the carrier for processing of small packages means the package is more likely to be identified if off-track of the delivery schedule sooner. Unlike LTL Shipping, parcels are easy to detect and reassign to another truck or carrier, which opens up many more doors to getting a competitive, if not discounted, rate on the overall cost of the package.

The sheer volume of small packages, which amount for more than 25 million daily parcels, help to contribute to a cost advantage for parcel carriers. In other words, more packages give parcel-specific lines of transit a reason to maintain equipment and sorting facilities to a higher degree than LTL shipping. As a result, the level of technology deployed in parcel shipping involves more scans and applications.
While freight has been the standard mode of transportation in the past, more shippers are turning to a combination of parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping to cut costs and increase profits. In order to determine the best option between LTL and parcel shipping one must understand the criteria and the benefits of each option.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PARCEL AND FREIGHT?

Typically, parcel is for small packages that a residential shipper may need to ship on any given day. Freight is more so for a commercial shipper to ship large amounts of goods across the country. But shipping is not as black and white as that. Often, a residential shipper will need to use freight services for a large item as well.

Unlike parcel shipping, freight shipping comes with no weight or size limitations. Freight was born ready for large shipments. However, providing accurate measurements is still important as ever in order to not receive any additional charges for an overweight package.

SHOULD YOU BE SHIPPING FREIGHT OR PARCEL?

Is your shipment over 150 pounds?
Is your shipment more than 108 inches in length?
Is your shipment more than 165 inches in both length and girth combined?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, Freight is your best option.

Returns Are Easy!

ODS makes return shipping uncomplicated. All suppliers, shops and companies which ship parcels with us can offer you an uncomplicated and efficient returns service. The parcel is back with the consignor in no time!