Re: Shipping large items

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Posted by John on May 03, 2001 at 06:41:24:

In Reply to: Shipping large items posted by M.R. Daniels on May 03, 2001 at 05:18:00:

Is it fair to say that most of the damages you are experiencing are due to the shipping company having forklifts? Big, bulky, weighty items are almost always handled with forklifts.

Maybe you don't have to build plywood crates, but you can make your shipments forklift friendly. Start with a pallet (you can get them free or at a nominal cost from a local company that gets lots of pallet deliveries). Bolt your furniture to the center of the pallet. Wrap it in gobs and gobs of thick bubble wrap. Then strap it to the pallet. Finally, cover it with heavy cardboard (from rolls, not cut down boxes) and slap stickers on it everywhere: this end up, fragile, no forklift here, etc.

You should also be interviewing the trucking companies as shipping partners for big, bulky items. Over the years I boiled it down to ABF and Yellow Freight and then sat back and let them bid themselves down on my business with huge discounts from their list shipping prices. Not only can you negotiate rates that are forty per cent off the standard common carrier rates, you can also pick their brains about shipping these items without going the crate route. I've heard of, but not seen, a spray on foam protection. But it seems to me that the basic issue here is that you need to make your packaging forklift friendly.

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