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What is the fastest way to mail a letter?

Updated 9.13.2019

Successfully running your small business or law firm often means hitting important deadlines. Whether it's meeting the demands of your growing customer base or getting time-sensitive documents into the hands of others, you have to find the fastest and most reliable way to make shipments. 

Weighing Your Options

Finding the right mailing service for you can be a daunting task because there are so many shipping options to choose from. This article will explore some of the most common shipping contenders, and you'll discover the fastest way to mail a letter.

Going to a UPS Store

UPS is a popular method for many businesses because of its ability to ship across the United States. It offers a variety of fast shipping options.

A major disadvantage of UPS is that they only deliver on Saturdays for an extra charge, and they do not deliver on Sundays. This means that instead of receiving a package on Saturday, customers must wait until Monday for free delivery. This forces businesses and individuals to make a tough decision. They must either have their valued customers wait extra time, or they must pay extra fees for Saturday delivery. Neither option is ideal.

UPS Shipping Options

There are a number of UPS options available. Here are the most popular, ranked from fastest to slowest:

Shipping Method

Speed

Available Destinations

UPS Next Day Air Early

Next day by 8 a.m. for most major cities and by 9:30 a.m. for most other cities

Most US cities

UPS Next Day Air

Next day by 1:30 p.m.

All 50 states and Puerto Rico

UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.

1-2 business days, by 12 p.m.

All 48 contiguous states—not available for residential addresses

UPS 2nd Day Air

1-2 business days—Saturday delivery available for a fee

All 50 states and Puerto Rico

UPS Ground

1-5 days

All 50 states and Puerto Rico

For tight schedules, it is important to take holidays into consideration. UPS will not deliver on the following days: 

  • New Year's Day

  • Easter

  • Mother's Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day

While UPS has many fast services, some studies have found UPS Ground to be slightly slower than either FedEx or USPS. So, if you are looking for the fastest way to mail a letter—particularly if it needs to be delivered on a weekend—UPS is not your best option.

Going to a FedEx Store

FedEx provides businesses and individuals with many excellent shipping options. The company averages over 15 million packages shipped each business day. 

The big advantage that FedEx has over UPS is free delivery on Saturdays for certain shipping types. Also, FedEx has announced it will begin delivering seven days a week starting January 2020. This extra flexibility is important for businesses that want to provide top-notch customer service.

A disadvantage of going to a physical FedEx location for shipping is the location's hours of operation. Hours can vary significantly from one store to another. Travel time to the store will also decrease your efficiency, as will the long lines once you get there.

Send Letters and Documents Fast Using FedEx via Send Overnight Mail

While a FedEx store offers many speedy services, there's an even faster way to send your mail. If you use Send Overnight Mail, you bypass waiting in traffic or lines. You also don't need to worry if the location is open. Send Overnight Mail can meet your mailing needs 24 hours a day without you needing to leave your home or office.

Send Overnight Mail offers shipping services via FedEx or the United States Postal Service. Both options offer customers fast shipping and great service.

A key factor in getting your letter to your recipient in the shortest amount of time is when you drop off your mail. Send Overnight Mail offers same-day fulfillment through both FedEx and USPS, provided you upload your documents on time: 

  • FedEx orders must be uploaded by 3 p.m. EST to be shipped on the same day. This includes bulk business mail

  • USPS Priority and Express orders need to be uploaded by 11 a.m. EST to be shipped on the same day. 

  • All other orders will be sent out on the following business day.

FedEx Services Available From Send Overnight Mail

Send Overnight Mail offers many convenient FedEx services. Ranked from fastest to slowest, your options include: 

Shipping Method

Speed

Available Destinations

FedEx Standard Overnight

To businesses: 1 business day by 3 p.m.

To rural areas: 1 business day by 4:30 p.m. 

To residences: 1 business day by 8 p.m. 

All 50 states except for some areas of Alaska and Hawaii

FedEx 2Day

To most areas: 1-2 business days by 4:30 p.m. 

To residences: 1-2 business days by 8 p.m.

Saturday delivery available 

All 50 states

FedEx Express Saver

To businesses: 1-3 business days by 4:30 p.m. 

To residences: 1-3 business days by 8 p.m.

All states except Alaska and Hawaii

FedEx Ground

To the contiguous U.S.: 1-5 business days

To Alaska and Hawaii: 3-7 business days

All 50 states, but not to P.O. boxes

FedEx Ground Home Delivery

To the contiguous U.S.: 1-5 business days by 8 p.m. 

To Alaska and Hawaii: 3-7 by 8 p.m.

Saturday delivery available

All 50 states

Note that FedEx requires packages to weigh no more than 150 lbs.

USPS Options Available From Send Overnight Mail.

Send Overnight Mail also offers convenient USPS services. From fastest to slowest, they include: 

Shipping Method

Speed

Available Destinations

USPS Priority Mail Express

Next day by 10:30 a.m. for packages up to 70 lbs.

Most U.S. addresses including P.O. boxes

USPS Priority

1-3 business days.

All 50 states and Puerto Rico

One major advantage of USPS service is that it delivers to P.O. boxes. For Priority Mail Express services, you can also request a proof of delivery signature record. 

USPS is a particularly good choice for lightweight shipments. Plus, a study has shown that packages shipped using USPS Priority arrive almost a day earlier than packages sent using UPS Ground or FedEx Ground Home Delivery. 

How to Mail a Letter Using Send Overnight Mail

  1. Upload your document to Send Overnight Mail's website. If you upload multiple documents, they can all be sent in the same envelope.Upload the letter you want to send fast

  2. Enter the recipient's address. If you are sending bulk mail, simply upload your list of addresses. Be sure to check them over before clicking the Sender button to continue.Enter your destination address, or upload a list of addresses you'd like to send.

  3. Enter your return address. Click the Confirm button to continue.Third, enter your return address

  4. Choose your preferred shipping speed. You can also select your print options in this step.

  5. Pay and send. Send Overnight Mail will send your document to the printing location and then to your destination as quickly as possible. We'll send you a FedEx tracking number and delivery confirmation in the mail

Tracking Your Letter

It's one thing to mail a letter, but it's another to ensure the letter is delivered. To give you peace of mind, Send Overnight Mail will send you a confirmation email with a tracking number. In addition, you will get a delivery confirmation email once your letter arrives at its final destination. Tracking your shipment is simple: 

  1. Go to the FedEx website or the USPS Tracking page.

  2. Type in the tracking number from Send Overnight Mail's confirmation email and hit Track.

You can get up-to-date information about your package's progress to its destination from the tracking pages. You can also sign up for email or text message notifications to let you know when your letter has been delivered. Send Overnight Mail is by far the fastest way to get your important letter to that important recipient. If you are searching for the fastest possible shipping option, we recommend selecting FedEx Overnight via Send Overnight Mail to guarantee your package gets to its destination the next day.

Whatever your shipping needs, Send Overnight Mail has a fast and convenient solution for you. It offers you the flexibility you need from the convenience of your home or office. Try it out today, or email Send Overnight Mail with your questions! We'll route your letter to the most appropriate FedEx Kinko's location so that it's printed promptly. 

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The fastest way to mail a letter, ranked by delivery speed

The fastest way to mail a letter, depends on your parameters, including format, cost, formality, the recipient's address, and more. Ranked from fastest to slowest, your options are:

Mailing Method Speed Cost Delivery Tracking Pickup Days Available Destinations Other Options Reference
Email Instant Free. Not available on Sendovernightmail.com Available with paid services. All Global N/A N/A
FedEx First Overnight Next day, early morning between 8a and 10a Price varies by destination. Not available on Sendovernightmail.com FedEx Tracking Number Available Mon-Fri. Saturday pickup available in many areas for an additional charge All states except Hawaii (outbound-only from Alaska). Available for intra-country shipping in Mexico and Canada. Saturday Service, Dangerous Goods support for Dry Ice Shipments only, and Delivery Signature Options

https://www.fedex.com/us/developer/WebHelp/ws/2017/html/WebServicesHelp/WSDVG_US_CA/wsdvg/FedEx_First_Overnight.htm

FedEx Standard Overnight Next-business-day delivery by 3 p.m. to most addresses, and by 4:30 p.m. to rural areas. Pricing starts at ~$69. Varies by destination. Available on Sendovernightmail.com FedEx Tracking Number Available Mon-Fri. Saturday pickup available in many areas for an additional charge Available to and from all 50 states, but not all areas of Alaska and Hawaii. Saturday Service, Dangerous Goods support for Dry Ice Shipments only, Delivery Signature Options & Hold @ FedEx Locations

https://www.fedex.com/us/developer/WebHelp/ws/2016/html/WebServicesHelp/WSDVG/FedEx_Standard_Overnight.htm

FedEx 2 Day A.M. Second-business-day delivery by 10:30 a.m. to most U.S. addresses, by noon to rural areas. Price varies by destination. Not available on Sendovernightmail.com FedEx Tracking Number Available Mon-Fri. Saturday pickup available in many areas for an additional charge Available throughout all 50 states (except Hawaii) to addresses where the FedEx Priority Overnight® delivery commitment is by 10:30 a.m. or noon. Saturday pickup
Dangerous goods (inaccessible items only)
FedEx® Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.)
FedEx® Delivery Signature Options
FedEx® Hold for Pickup
Returns solutions
FedEx Delivery Manager®

https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/2-3-day.html

USPS Priority Mail Express Priority Mail Express is the fastest mail service offered by the Postal Service. It provides guaranteed 1-Day or 2-Day expedited service by 3 p.m.  Pricing starts at ~$15. Varies by destination. Available on Sendovernightmail.com USPS Tracking Number Available Priority Mail Express delivery is offered 365 days a year in many locations. All 50 states, and Alaska Hawaii, and U.S. territories that receive Priority Mail service.

https://pe.usps.com/BusinessMail101?ViewName=PriorityMailExpress

FedEx 2 Day By 4:30 p.m. in 2 business days to most areas (by 8 p.m. to residences). Pricing starts at ~$50. Varies by destination. Available on Sendovernightmail.com FedEx Tracking Number Available Mon-Fri. Saturday pickup available in many areas for an additional charge Available throughout all 50 states. Saturday pickup
Saturday delivery
Dangerous goods (inaccessible items only)
FedEx® Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.)
FedEx® Delivery Signature Options
FedEx® Hold for Pickup
Return solutions
FedEx Delivery Manager®

https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/2-3-day.html

FedEx Express Saver Delivery to businesses by 4:30 p.m. and to residences by 8 p.m. in 3 business days. Pricing starts at ~$42. Varies by destination. Available on Sendovernightmail.com FedEx Tracking Number Available Mon-Fri. Saturday pickup available in many areas for an additional charge Available throughout all states except Alaska and Hawaii. Saturday pickup
Dangerous goods (inaccessible items only)
FedEx® Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.)
FedEx® Delivery Signature Options
FedEx® Hold for Pickup
FedEx Delivery Manager®

https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/2-3-day.html