What is the Difference Between Standard and Expedited Shipping?

clock-and-boxes@2x

Better, quicker, faster? Here’s a look at the meaning of and differences between “expedited” shipping with different providers.

Have you ever been confused about which shipping service to use in the marketplace? If so, you’re not alone. Naturally, your buyers want their items quickly — and, if possible, shipped free or at the lowest cost available — so the shipping service you choose can directly impact your seller feedback, overall customer satisfaction and your bottom line.

Offer bar image

Try us out for 4 weeks!

Get $5 in free postage to use during your trial.

What’s more, the marketplaces tend to have different ways of classifying their shipping options — meaning what’s called expedited at Amazon may not be exactly what eBay considers expedited. Some marketplaces, like Amazon, specify a delivery time, not service, so if you’ve promised 2‑day shipping, its up to you to choose the shipping service to make it happen. To further muddy the waters, “expedited” may not even refer to a marketplace’s fastest shipping service. With next‑morning and same‑day shipping available, that “expedited” option could in fact take longer and cost you extra days — and possibly customers.

Here’s what you need to know about the differences in these levels of service, and how you can best communicate shipping expectations to customers.

How USPS Defines the Options

The following table provides a quick look at the offerings of USPS, FedEx and UPS; always check directly with the shipper for any changes in services, names or costs.

Carrier

Shipping service name

eBay Service Definition

Amazon Service Definition

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Express

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

UPS

Shipping service name : 

UPS Next Day Air Saver

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

UPS

Shipping service name : 

UPS Next Day Air

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Priority Overnight®

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Standard Overnight®

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Priority Overnight One Rate®

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Standard Overnight One Rate®

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

Varies

Shipping service name : 

One‑day shipping

eBay Service Definition : 

One‑day shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

One‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

UPS

Shipping service name : 

UPS 2nd Day Air

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Two‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx 2Day®

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Two‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx 2Day One Rate®

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Two‑Day U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes(A&B)

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Express Saver®

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Express Saver One Rate®

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

Varies

Shipping service name : 

Expedited shipping

eBay Service Definition : 

Expedited shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS First Class Mail

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

UPS

Shipping service name : 

UPS 3 Day Select

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

UPS

Shipping service name : 

UPS Ground

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Ground

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

FedEx

Shipping service name : 

FedEx Home Delivery

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Expedited U.S.

Carrier:

Varies

Shipping service name : 

Standard shipping

eBay Service Definition : 

Standard shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Standard U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Parcel Select

eBay Service Definition : 

Economy shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Standard U.S.

Carrier:

USPS

Shipping service name : 

USPS Media Mail

eBay Service Definition : 

Economy shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Standard U.S.

Carrier:

Varies

Shipping service name : 

Economy shipping

eBay Service Definition : 

Economy shipping

Amazon Service Definition : 

Standard U.S.

Tips for Sellers

  • Provide options.
    Offering expedited shipping, either as your preferred/regular method or as an option, can make products more attractive to buyers, since they can have a choice of shipping as well as more control over their buying patterns.
  • Understand the terms.
    Regardless of the shipper(s) you use, never assume that “expedited” is the fastest under their definition or terms of service, since in many cases it is just a level up from the standard or economy options, especially if same‑day or overnight shipping is offered. Similarly, if a buyer convos you about “expedited” shipping, be sure to ask about the requested time frame and explain the levels, and costs, of the shipper you use.
  • Clearly communicate.
    Be precise in your communications with customers about which shipping carrier you choose, when you’ll ship, the service you use, and the expected delivery time frame. For example, state if you ship every day, only on weekdays, or on certain days of the week. When you outline the benefits of expedited shipping, provide specific information about how it differs from standard shipping.
  • Be mindful of marketplace messages.
    If you sell via a marketplace like Amazon or eBay, buyers often use the term “overnight’ when requesting expedited shipping. As a seller, make sure that when a customer wants “overnight’ shipping that you arrange to use a one‑day service, not just “expedited.”

Free* 5 lb. Digital Scale with Sign-up

Every new customer account starts with:

  •  Free* 5 lb. Digital Scale with sign-up
  • 4-week trial
  • $5 in USPS postage to use in trial period
  • USPS rate discounts you can’t get at the Post Office
  • No long-term contracts, cancel anytime
  • Only $17.99 per month plus applicable taxes, if any, including the first month if you stay past the 4-week trial

*pay only S&H fee