Classic Delivery Vs Express Delivery: What’s the Difference?

Delivery speed is important for many businesses. If you’re trying to get a product from your supplier faster than normal, or if you need something delivered in less time than courier services can provide, then classic delivery may be the solution that works best for you. 

If however, your documents don’t need to arrive quickly—or at all—then express delivery might be better suited to their needs.

Classic Delivery Vs Express Delivery

Package Pick-Up

When it comes to pick-up times, both classic and express deliveries provide the same window. However, there are some differences:

  • Express deliveries will not be available for a few hours after your package leaves the warehouse. This means that if you’re on a tight schedule and need your order right away, then an express delivery may not work out well for you. The good news is that they’ll let you know if they can’t meet your deadline!
  • Classic deliveries are typically available within 1-2 days of being shipped out—and sometimes even earlier depending on how far along in production each specific product is at any given time.

Processing and Departure Times

Processing time and departure time are different for classic and express delivery. Classic delivery requires more processing time because it has to be sent through the postal system, which can take up to 24 hours. 

Express delivery does not have this issue, as it is delivered directly from one store location (or other business) to your address within 4 hours of placing an order online or in-store at another location.

Transit Times

Transit times are the length of time it takes for a package to travel from one location to another. The faster your delivery, the more expensive it is.

If you’re buying something online and want it delivered within 24 hours, Express Delivery will be your best bet—but if you can wait until next week or even next month, Standard Delivery might be better for you (it costs more but has a better chance of arriving on time).

Benefit of Classic Delivery

Classic delivery is the default option for most couriers, and it’s usually the most cost-effective.

For example, if you’re sending a package that needs to arrive by tomorrow afternoon or next week, classic delivery will offer you more flexibility than express delivery.

You can also use it if you need your documents to arrive in one piece and not be damaged at all (which can happen with some express options).

Benefit of Express Delivery

Express delivery is faster than classic delivery, but it’s also more expensive. This can be a good thing if you want to get your documents quickly and don’t mind paying more for it.

If you need to send out time-sensitive documents like invoices or contracts, express delivery may be the best option for you.


With all that’s going on with the world today, it’s no surprise that we’re always busy and on the go.

If you need something delivered, there are a lot of options these days—and many of them can help you get your package to its destination faster.

It all depends on what kind of delivery you want and what kind of document(s) they contain.

Classic delivery is best for documents that need to arrive quickly (like catalogs or report cards), while express delivery is best for documents requiring less time around transit but still needing to arrive at some point during processing (like invoices).

Lachlan Wakefield

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