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Shipping vs. Delivery

Published 08 Jan 2022

Shipping vs. Delivery

Shipping vs. Delivery

Shipping and delivery is a term that is mentioned in the terms and conditions on the websites on which products are sold to their customers. Most people want to think that shipping and delivery are synonymous. However, despite similar similarities, there are differences between shipping and delivery that are discussed in this article.



Delivery is a term used to refer to items that are large and require special packaging and handling. Televisions, furniture, mattresses, etc. are delivered to customers' addresses.


What is shipping?

Shipping is the general term that was originally used to refer to the transportation of goods by sea. Shipping can be either commercial or non-commercial. However, the shipping can be of various types. Whether by ship or by air, the transportation of bulk cargo from one place to another can still be called shipping. The shipment is made in bulk for the transport of much smaller quantities of goods, mostly from small to medium-sized merchandisers.


What does the shipping business process include?

The transport of goods from the company's warehouse to the customer is known as shipping; it is, therefore, a question of the transport of goods from one place to another. Within a value chain, shipping represents an important overall process that consists of several individual processes or process steps in which both internal and external interfaces are involved. For example, the shipping department is closely interlinked with the goods issue and accounting of a company, while shipping service providers or external freight forwarders are also involved in the overall shipping process.

Overview of the common shipping routes in B2B and e-commerce logistics

Shipping is about bridging distances in an economically efficient way, in terms of cost and delivery time. This means that goods can be shipped by air, sea and road. One then speaks of air freight, sea freight and ground shipping. As a rule, companies work together with external service providers, specifically shipping or logistics companies (courier express parcel services, forwarding agents, shipping companies). Since shipping processing can be relatively complex processes due to the circumstances or the quantities, logistics software is increasingly being used, which both increases the degree of automation and optimizes the individual processes. Which shipping route is ultimately chosen mainly depends on:

• Shipping

• Delivery time

• Type, dimensions and weight of the goods

• National or international shipping

• Shipping method