Although UPS and Fedex may seem like the best options due to their prevalence, it’s important to look into alternative small parcel carriers. These carriers may be able to provide greater flexibility at a similar or lower price.

This article will explore some alternative small parcel carriers that could be a substitute or additional option to UPS and Fedex.

Alternative Small Parcel Carriers

Firstly, Pitt Ohio’s services span across North America. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company started out by offering less-than-truckload (LTL) service, then expanded into truckload (TL), supply chain, and ground service. Pitt Ohio’s LTL offers direct LTL delivery through 21 terminals in the mid-atlantic and midwest regions but has coverage through all of North America with the Reliance network. It has also partnered with Sunline Express for extended service in New York City. Pitt Ohio’s Ground service also specializes in shipping non-conveyable products (e.g., paint, liquids, rakes) and extending range of service based on volume.

OnTrac, previously known as California Overnight, is headquartered in Chandler, AZ and serves California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.  OnTrac specializes in overnight delivery and also offers late evening pickup and earlier delivery times for a lower price than national carriers.

Spee Dee Delivery Service was founded in 1978 and serves Illinois and the upper midwest area.  The company has headquarters in Minnesota and also specializes in overnight delivery. In over 35 years, Spee-Dee has grown to over 1,800 employees.  Headquartered in Minnesota, it also specializes in overnight delivery and operates over 1,300 pieces of equipment.

Lone Star Overnight primarily ships to Texas, Oklahoma, western Louisiana, and southern New Mexico, although it also ships to California and Mexico through its shipping partnerships. Headquartered in Austin, TX, it recently rebranded itself as LSO to reflect an updated brand image of expanded capabilities and service areas.  The company tries to minimize package damage by facilitating more direct routes for package delivery. The company also offers a loyalty program called Package Points.

Next is Eastern Connection, which is headquartered in Woburn, MA and services the northeast and mid-Atlantic area of the US.  It is one of the largest carriers in the East Coast. Eastern Connection offers a large range of services. The company offers same day and overnight delivery, including international shipping through a partnership with TNT Express. It also offers customized logistics solutions through its logistics department.

Lastly, US Cargo has locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company offers 24/7 operational support. In total, the company has 225 drivers, who operate out of 14 facilities. US Cargo serves a large range of industries and also has a large range of services to match, including same day and next day service. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, it emphasizes flexibility to meet customer requirements.