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Same Day Delivery vs Next Day Delivery: Which Do You Need?

When it comes to same day delivery vs next day delivery, there are several factors to consider. Most of these boil down to time and how much of it you have. If you’ve found yourself in an unexpected crunch situation or need to move sensitive items from A to B as quickly as possible, same day delivery is the obvious choice. Next day delivery is not without its merits however, especially a dedicated service. Here’s some Speedy Freight guidance on how to choose between the two. 


Same Day Delivery vs Next Day Delivery

Emergency Situations

When things go wrong, they have a tendency to do so at the most inconvenient time possible. If you operate a production line in a factory, equipment breakdown is the last thing you want. The failure of just a single part can suddenly bring everything juddering to a halt. Every minute that your factory isn’t in operation results in a loss of money. The raw materials are already there (and may in fact spoil as time passes) and you’ve already committed to paying your staff. In this situation, the immediacy of same day delivery over next day delivery can make a significant difference to your bottom line. 

Of course, this isn’t an issue limited to just factory owners. Any business or private individual can find themselves in a situation where they need goods delivered, fast. When everything else is falling apart, a trusted same day courier can provide some much needed reassurance.



Time-Critical Deliveries

Sometimes it is simply imperative that your items arrive on the same day they were dispatched. In an age of Just-in-Time supply chains, goods can be needed immediately to keep ensure everything continues to run smoothly. Alternatively, an item might be deteriorate in quality if left out of storage and in transit for too long, even if in a perfectly temperature controlled vehicle. The medical and pharmaceutical industries are clear examples here. 

In this sector, deadlines are rarely arbitrary. Whether or not a certain medicine reaches a hospital the same day can literally mean the difference between life and death. Delaying until the next day isn’t necessarily an option. Arriving too early could also be problematic if there is no suitable place to store more temperature sensitive items, such as human tissue. That’s why it is so important to choose a medical courier service who can deliver within a pre-agreed time slot.

Dedicated Vehicle Required 

If you have a particularly large, bulky or fragile item, you might wish to choose a dedicated next day delivery service. This will allow you adequate time to prepare the object for transportation. In this scenario, it’s the dedicated element of the delivery that is so crucial. It means that your goods won’t share a vehicle with any other customers’ items, vastly reducing the risk of any damage. 


At Speedy Freight, we charge the same price for same day delivery and next day delivery. That’s because we follow the exact same process for each, and guarantee the same level of service. All that changes is the time our driver arrives at the designated collection point. In many cases, collection will be arranged for the same day that the booking was made. This is because we’ve judged that the distance we need to cover for your items to reach their final destination will require a driver to travel throughout the night. 

However, other couriers are known to charge extra for same day delivery. If budget is a concern for you and your consignment is not fragile or abnormally sized, a next day parcel delivery may be your best option, one where your goods travel with others and go in to a depot for sorting and distribution. Speedy Freight specialise in business to business same day delivery, it’s our forte.

Please be aware that Speedy Freight are not a next day domestic parcel delivery service but instead offer a truly premium service. 

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