Introduction to Regional Parcel Carriers

Although large carriers like UPS and FedEx are global and offer many options, regional parcel carriers occupy a significant niche in the industry.  In addition to simplified services, the prices may be more advantageous for certain businesses.  

Since these carriers are regional, they can provide shorter delivery times and offer more flexible delivery options.

Since these carriers are regional, they can provide shorter delivery times and offer more flexible delivery options, including later pick-up times and/or earlier delivery times, an advantage to shippers. Drawn from this article, this post will explore some major regional carriers.

Regional Parcel Carrier Descriptions

First up is Eastern Connection, which services the northeast and mid-Atlantic area of the US.  Headquartered in Woburn, MA, Eastern Connection has a large array of services; in addition to same day and overnight delivery, it also offers international shipping through a partnership with TNT Express and offers customized logistics solutions through its logistics department.

Next is Lone Star Overnight, which serves the Southwest and Western US.  Through its shipping partnerships, it also offers shipping to California and Mexico.  Headquartered in Austin, TX, it recently rebranded itself as LSO to reflect an updated brand image of expanded capabilities and service areas.  It was highlighted by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing regional, privately-held companies and boasts the best on-time records and lowest damage claim rates.

OnTrac, previously known as California Overnight, serves California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.  With over $200 million in annual revenues, OnTrac is headquartered in Chandler, AZ and specializes in overnight delivery.

Spee Dee Delivery Service serves Illinois and the upper midwest area.  In over 35 years, Spee-Dee has grown to over 1,800 employees.  Headquartered in Minnesota, it also specializes in overnight delivery.

Lastly, US Cargo serves Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  It offers both same day and next day service, along with perks like 24/7 operational support and optional insurance coverage.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, it emphasizes flexibility to meet customer requirements.