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What is the fastest shipping method?

If you have a package that needs to be picked up and delivered right away, then same day shipping is the fastest shipping method. For a package that needs to be moved within driving distance, a same day courier will come and pick up the package from your location and directly drive it to the recipient for delivery. 

For packages that need to move further than driving distance, use our Next Flight Out (NFO) service where packages are driven by a courier to the nearest airport, checked and flown on the next passenger flight along with the luggage, and then picked up by a courier to deliver.

What is same day shipping?

Same day shipping is when a package is picked up and delivered that same day. This is the fastest shipping method, used for medical implants, priceless samples, critical documents and other situations where your business cannot wait for an overnight delivery.

Same day courier

Same day couriers are driving couriers who pick up shipments to drive them to their destination. Most often couriers drive across town literally picking up and delivering within hours of the shipment being requested. However, same day couriers can also be used for longer drives when you need the reliability and speed that a dedicated driver can offer.

Next Flight Out (NFO) shipping

When you need a package delivered as soon as possible, but the distance is too far to drive, NFO shipping is your best option. NFO shipments are complex and working with a dedicated team like Mercury ensures your shipment will be proactively tracked while in transit.

Our team manages each portion of the shipment from the local courier, to the airline booking to the delivery courier. Unlike with the big shipping companies, you won't have to constantly check the tracking to see if there are issues. At Mercury, we proactively track your shipment so if there is a problem we want you to hear it from us first.

How Next Flight Out shipping works:

  • First, a courier will come to the shipment's location and pick it up.
  • Second, the courier will tender the shipment to the passenger airline with the next flight out to the destination.
  • Third, the shipment will fly on a passenger flight along with checked baggage.
  • Fourth, a courier will pickup the shipment from the airport and deliver directly to its destination using any special instructions  you want, such as calling the recipient once on the way.

To learn more about Mercury's next flight out shipping options, contact our team and we'll be in touch shortly.


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