Time-critical services are the epicenter of what Elder Logistics provides to clients. Shipments are essential to your business; our dedicated team will treat your shipments with the utmost care as if they were our own. 

Your business deserves to tap into transformative results, and we can help you achieve that. Whether you need to ship out same-day or if a delivery must be made on short notice, Elder Logistics has you covered. 

While both expedited and time-critical offer faster-than-standard transportation times, there are a few differences to consider. Learn what these solutions entail and decide which is right for your business. 

Time-Critical vs. Expedited 

When time is of the essence, you’ll have to know which service would be ideal for your situation. Expedited and time-critical services are used when a shipment must reach its destination quickly and smoothly, but you would use them in different circumstances. 


Time-sensitive shipments are ultra-high-priority, and if you need a shipment to be delivered ASAP, time-critical services are what you will want to utilize. The expedited service will have the shipment delivered quickly as well; the difference is that time-critical shipments must arrive as soon as possible, on a specific day, or at a particular time. 

Generally speaking, any shipment that requires anything other than standard delivery times would be better off time-critical. Trade show supplies, freight that needs overnight transportation, and items that must be delivered or picked up within a specific timeframe will need time-critical services. Any day-specific or time-specific shipments should opt for these services rather than expedited.  

Precise delivery can be valuable in situations where supplies are needed at a very specific time like if all the doors on a new business need to be installed, you would need time-critical services to get those doors where they need to be at the time they need to be there. Or if a business only accepts deliveries between 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, you’ll need time-critical services to fulfill those needs. 

Expedited Services

Expedited service will deliver the shipment as soon as possible, which can be achieved with our 2-day or Next-day shipping options. In addition, expedited services provide quick pick-ups and fast transit times.

For example, if you need to ship a load of valuable electronics 600 miles away, expedited is an excellent option to ensure your freight is closely monitored and carefully delivered. Expedited is also great for anything requiring a temperature-controlled environment, such as delicate or valuable lab equipment that shouldn’t be exposed to too much heat. 

Valuable items, ground shipments that need to be delivered as fast as possible, and temperature-sensitive freight that needs to move quickly can benefit from expedited services. At Elder Logistics, we utilize our reliable and highly-competitive fleet of Peterbilts to get your shipments where they need to be when they need to be there. 

Two-day and next-day services are sought after; consumers want their products yesterday, and not all customers are patient. You can expand and grow your business by offering expedited shipping options to your customers. 

The Importance of On-Hand Supplies 

Time-critical services can help your business succeed in many ways, and having the supplies you need makes a difference. 

Purchasing spare parts, storing them, and scheduling maintenance work are all aspects of spare parts logistics. Urgent maintenance work requires sufficient maintenance capacity. With most companies, your suppliers need to provide spare parts reliably, quickly, and when you need them. 

Here at Elder Logistics, we ensure our clients are always taken care of with rapid responses to process fulfillments and questions. We’re also big fans of helping our clients save on transit time and storage, which can dramatically boost your business’s bottom line. 

We can off faster shipping through express servicing, and as we mentioned before, by offering expedited shipping options, you have an incredible opportunity for fast growth. Contact our professional and experienced team today to request a quote.