This is a follow-up to a thread from a few weeks ago on the Home Cooking Board, where I had asked if anyone had any good suggestions for shipping food.
I want to thank everyone who responded, especially Aisy Cendre for her tip on Greyhound.
I was actually doing research for a small item that will run next Wednesday in Newsday, but here's the gist of what I found out:
With Greyhounds shipping division, called Greyhound PackageXpress, you drop your package off at any staffed Greyhound bus station, and it will be conveyed to any other station. If you are sending perishable food, you will have to use priority service, and you will be limited by the length of time it takes a bus to get to your chosen destination, i.e. this would be a good option for sending food from New York to Baltimore, but not to Seattle.
Using Package Xpresss Web site, ww.shipgreyhound.com,
I priced out the cost of sending a 20-pound package, measuring 24-by-24-by-36 inches, from Babylon, NY to Baltimore. It came to $34.95, and, depending on which bus I chose, would take between 8 and 9 hours from station to station. For more information, call 800-739-5020.
I also priced the same trip (and passenger) on FedExs Web site, www.fedex.com. Assuming I used dry ice (a necessity given the duration of the journey) and my own packaging, dropping off the box at a FedEx location and having it delivered directly to a Baltimore address, it would cost $288.32 for Priority Overnight (by 8:30 a.m. the next morning) and $217.88 for Standard Overnight (3 p.m. the next afternoon).
UPSs price was comparable to FedExs. According to the U.S. Postal Services Web site, my package was too large to ship.