What is difference between a courier and a messenger?

Delivery companies go by different names or categories.  Couriers, messengers, express freight or expedited freight are some of the other categories delivery companies use to describe their operations.  While express and expedited freight, like LTL (less than a truckload) can also apply to trucking companies, regional delivery companies often offer these services also.

Messenger usually applies to companies that offer car or bicycle drivers who pick up and deliver on a same-day basis, often within a designated time allowance (ie: 4 hours service, 2 hour service, etc.).

While the term courier is also used for messengers, courier companies most likely also provide overnight service in addition to same day, and also covers jobs like medical couriers, pharmacy delivery couriers, auto parts couriers, bank couriers, etc.

Express freight generally means LTL (less than a truckload) freight that is too time sensitive to rely on trucking companies.  Pallets or multiple box or bag shipments that require same day pickup and delivery fall into this category.

HB Express Transportation is a 3PL, Third Party Logistics, California based  company that can provide courier, messenger or express freight quotes for all of the above listed services in California and western Nevada.  You can reach us at (800) 690-6410 or by email at sparvin@hbexpressit.com.

HB Express Transportation can assist you with driver staffing, warehouse distribution and TSA couriers.

What can a courier company do for my company

Courier companies, also known as delivery services, transport time sensitive shipments, typically specializing in a certain a regional area and often providing varying types of  transport services.

Courier Companies typically transport small package shipments, either on a same-day or overnight basis, within the specific regional delivery area.

Messenger Companies typically provide on-demand, same day transport of small packages, again, within their specific regional delivery area.

Express Freight Companies typically provide transport of small packages, singe and multiple boxes or packages and pallets, either on a same day or next delivery basis.

Driver Staffing Companies provide drivers, including vehicles, to companies requiring their own drivers, typically based at their location or warehouse.

HB Express, a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company, provides service quotes for all of the above services in California.

Pallet Delivery

Messenger Service

Overnight Courier Service

Express Freight California




Questions to ask when getting a quote for delivery services

When companies need to find  a delivery or courier company, either for a one time delivery or an ongoing partnership, the first question and often the deciding factor is cost or delivery rates.

Since rate or cost is such an important factor in deciding whether to use a delivery or courier company, it is critically important to get all charges included or explained in the quote.

For instance, fuel surcharges.  Many companies, especially transportation companies, institute fuel surcharges to account for the fluctuating price of fuel.

Typically, a delivery company will base their rates on a certain set price of fuel, (say $2.50 per gallon of unleaded in your area).  As fuel goes above the base price, they will calculate a fuel surcharge on all delivery rates.  You will find a wide range of calculation methods and fuel surcharge rates, from none at all up to 20%, it just depends on their policies and whether their basic rates cover all fuel surcharges or not.

There are many other ancillary charges delivery companies charge, but fuel surcharge is usually the most expensive of these type of charges and if not explained and then considered carefully, can cause you to make bad choices and spend more money than you planned for you delivery service requirements.

This applies to courier companies, express freight companies, delivery companies and same day messenger services to name a few.

HB Express is a California based transportation company that works with couriers and delivery companies throughout California and western Nevada to insure our customers get the best rates and most reliable service and a convenient one stop option for getting quotes on any type of delivery, courier, express freight or messenger services.


HB Express provide quotes for expedited delivery

HB Express offers Air and Ground Freight Transportation Solutions.    HB Express provides quotes for expedited delivery and logistics services throughout northern California.

HB Express provides quotes for TSA couriers.

HB Express provides courier and on demand messenger service quotes for the below listed airports:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Mineta San Jose International Airport




Same Day Messenger Service for last minute emergencies

HB Express provides same day delivery of time critical shipments for customers requiring secure, reliable service at economical prices.

Distribution: Office Supplies, Furniture, Appliances, Medical Shipments, Warehouse Distribution, Repair Parts, Home Improvement Products

Messenger/Courier: Legal Documents, Contracts, HR documents, Title &

Real Estate, Commercial Projects & Blueprints, Government Documents

Special Services: Residential In Home Patient Deliveries, White Glove Service

From Pallets to packages, HB Express Delivery Services

One phone call to our customer service department, will schedule a car, van or truck at the time you prescribe, to perform any of the services HB Express provides.

  • Same Day Messenger and Courier
  • Next Day Delivery Service throughout California
  • Scheduled Pick Up and Delivery for Businesses
  • Expedited Box Truck Delivery Services
  • Home Delivery of Prescriptions & Medical Shipments
  • Retail Delivery Services
  • Mail Pickup & Delivery
  • Errand & Gift Delivery Services
  • White Glove, Two person delivery and installation
  • Repair Parts (Automotive, Computer, Machine, etc.)
  • Appliance Delivery
  • Warehouse space and cross docking
  • Driver and vehicle outsourcing

Supply Chain Tips for Shipping Managers

Have a backup plan for all supply chain movements.  When trucks break down or are out of service; when drivers aren’t available for their shifts; when the busy season overloads your shipping capacity; companies like HB Express Transportation can provide the drivers, vehicles or just complete the deliveries you need, with just one phone call to their customers service department.

How to find a messenger service in Sacramento

With over 25 years in the Transportation industry, the team at HB Express understands the importance of your ‘time sensitive’ delivery needs.

HB Express specializes in shipping:

Time Sensitive Documents

Pharmacy Deliveries

Repair Parts

Medical Shipments

Same Day Air Forwarding

Box Truck Deliveries

Emergency Shipments

Gift Delivery

Home Health Care Delivery (HB coordinates pre-scheduled appointments)

Payroll and Banking Shipments

How to keep your supply chain moving during your ‘busy season’.

Warehouse and Distribution Managers know, different seasons affect the demand for different products.  While florists see their best days on holidays, automotive and truck parts deliveries boom in the summer months especially, due to the wear and tear caused by heat and the increased driving in the summer months.

Companies who require same day, local and regional deliveries must ramp up their delivery personnel in their ‘busy season’, and make a capital investment in additional delivery vehicles.

Driver and vehicle outsourcing,  is an option increasingly utilized to achieve the required result at the lowest possible price.  Outsourcing allows companies the flexibility to increase or decrease their delivery capability with no capital investment whatsoever.

With the increases in vehicle license fees, taxes and insurances, outsourcing deliveries to a professional driver outsourcing company can make alot of business sense.

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About HB Express

HB Express Transportation, LLC is a Northern California based distribution and expedited delivery service, providing both 'On-Call' and 'Pre-Scheduled' courier, messenger and trucking services.

What People Are Saying

When my customers vehicle needs a part, whether it's a local run or long distance, I find HB Express rates are the lowest and their service is great. That's why I use them.
Sean Whisler, Roseville