Understanding UPS® Shipping Delivery Options

Learn which delivery option is right for your UPS shipping and get your packages where they need to be — on time and within budget.
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We know that more UPS delivery options means more flexibility for your business. That’s why, when you ship with Unishippers and UPS, you receive access to a wide range of cost-effective delivery options to meet your specific needs.

Depending on what your UPS shipment is, where it needs to go and how quickly it needs to get there, there is a delivery type to help make it happen. Read on to learn the ins and outs of each UPS delivery type. Need help remembering your options? You can also download Unishippers’ handy e-guide for reference.

1 Business Day

UPS Next Day Air® Early gives you guaranteed early morning delivery for time-critical shipments.

  • Recommended for shipments that must arrive at the start of the next business day
  • Guaranteed delivery by 8 a.m. to major cities and by 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to most cities, with Saturday delivery to some locations as early as 9 a.m.
  • Available to major cities in the 48 contiguous states, plus select cities in Alaska and Hawaii

UPS Next Day Air® offers guaranteed overnight service for time-sensitive shipments.

  • Ideal for shipments that must arrive earlier in the business day
  • Guaranteed delivery by 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. or the end of the day, depending on the destination, with delivery by 12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Available in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with some limitations in Alaska and Hawaii

UPS Next Day Air Saver® provides guaranteed next-day service with afternoon delivery.

  • The most affordable service for next-day shipments
  • Guaranteed delivery by 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. to most commercial destinations where UPS Next Day Air delivery is committed by 10:30 a.m. or 12 p.m., respectively
  • Available in the 48 contiguous states and limited addresses in Alaska and Hawaii

2 Business Days

UPS 2nd Day Air® A.M. offers guaranteed early morning delivery for second business day shipments, although it is not available for residential destinations.

  • Recommended for shipments that must arrive early on the second business day
  • Guaranteed delivery by 10:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. to most commercial destinations
  • Available in the 48 contiguous states and limited addresses in Alaska and Hawaii

UPS 2nd Day Air® provides guaranteed service for second business day shipments, but is also not available for residential delivery.

  • Ideal for shipments that have the flexibility to arrive any time during the second business day
  • Guaranteed delivery by the end of the day, including Saturday delivery for shipments picked up on Thursday
  • Available in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with additional transit time in some parts of Alaska and Hawaii

1-5 Business Days

UPS 3 Day Select® offers cost-effective guaranteed service for your less time-sensitive shipments.

  • Guaranteed delivery by the end of the third business day, including Saturday
  • Available in the 48 contiguous states

UPS® Ground provides the most cost-effective guaranteed service* with day-definite delivery in one to five business days.

  • A dependable and economical choice for all of your routine shipments
  • Day-definite delivery within one to five business days, including Saturday
  • Available in all 50 states and Puerto Rico

Ready to get started?
As the nation’s largest non-retail Authorized Reseller of UPS shipping services, Unishippers is sure to offer the flexible shipping options you need at a price that fits your budget. Unishippers customers can easily compare and select UPS pick-up and delivery options through Express Manager™ — our easy-to-use, online transportation management system. Or, you can contact Unishippers today to learn how we can help you save on your UPS shipping.

*All UPS services and service guarantees are subject to the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service, available at www.ups.com.

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