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Choosing the Right Freight Packaging

When shipping freight is one of your company’s most important tasks, you have several crucial decisions to make. In addition to finding and hiring the right transloading companies, you also must choose the right packaging for your products. Not only can making an incorrect packaging decision result in additional expenses, it can end up damaging your products and cause your customers to lose confidence in your business.

Fortunately, no matter the type of freight that you use, we can help you choose the correct packaging to keep your products safe and result in a successful delivery. Here are some tips for choosing the right freight packaging and information about selecting a Vancouver transloading service for your products.

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Shipping Expensive and Delicate Equipment

If you’re a manufacturer of expensive or fragile equipment, then you know how stressful it can be to find the right shipping methods for your products. Without the right shipping strategy or method, you can run the risk of having your important products damaged in transit, possibly angering your customers and harming your reputation.

Fortunately, with the right tips, you can safely ship your expensive and delicate equipment so that both you and your customers have peace of mind. Here is some advice for shipping fragile products and advice for hiring a trusted Vancouver transloading service for your most important shipping jobs.

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Factors to Consider in Holiday Vancouver Transloading

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for transloading, especially in Vancouver. Businesses and individuals are trying to get their products and packages delivered on time and at the prices they want. However, holiday transloading is a much more difficult proposition than at any other time during the year, which means that it’s important to examine some of the obstacles that can keep your products from being delivered on time.

Read about the different factors that can affect holiday transloading and how you can find the best Vancouver transloading services available.

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What to Do with Damaged Freight

If you’re an experienced transloader, then you know that one of the most unfortunate circumstances that you can encounter is damaged freight. Not only does a damaged shipment lower customer satisfaction, it can also cost you a great deal in replacement costs. Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare, you eventually will experience damaged freight, which means you need to know what to do when it happens to you.

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How Energy Costs Affect Vancouver Transloading

If your company relies on transloading for successful operations, then there are many factors to consider when planning your costs. As you’re aware, numerous issues can affect your total transloading costs, including the size of your shipment and how far it must travel. However, perhaps more than anything else, the cost of fuel can have a big impact on your total shipping costs.

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The Advantage of Using Colour Pallets

If you do any large amount of shipping, then you are probably familiar with pallets. Pallets are a great way to group your packages together to simplify shipping and avoid losses, but what you might not know is that pallets come in a wide variety for you to choose from. For example, plastic pallets are a great way to get value and reusability. Another benefit to plastic pallets is the option of choosing between multiple colours. The colours you find on pallets act as much more than just decoration, often serving as a marker for what type of shipments go where.

Blue is FDA Approved

The most common type of coloured pallets you will come across are blue pallets, whose colour has a specific meaning. Typically, blue pallets are specially designed for direct contact with food. If you are planning to ship to the United States, blue pallets have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the safe storage and transport of everyday foodstuffs. Because blue pallets are designed for this specialized purpose, they are more expensive than other pallet types you could choose from. Unless you are planning on taking advantage of their ability for direct food contact, you may not need to have the added expense.

Black is the Most Popular Colour

There is one main reason why black and grey pallets are the most popular pallet colour choice: they are the least expensive of the plastic pallets. Usually, black and grey pallets are made from a blend of industrial and recycled plastics called HDPE or PP. This means that they are manufactured from very low cost materials and are very durable, possessing the ability to take a serious beating and still keep going.

If you are looking to save some money while getting a pallet that will be able to withstand the stress of an intense shipping job, black or grey pallets are a great option.

Custom Colours

Although, blue and black are the two most common colours for pallets, you can get pallets customized in almost any colour that you would like. However, there are some things to remember about using custom colour pallets:

  • Custom colours are going to cost extra because they need to be made of clear plastics and then have the colours added.
  • Custom colours can be more difficult to find, which means having to make special orders. If you are going to special order custom pallets, the manufacturer may require you to buy a specific amount. This is because there is a startup cost involved with the colour, and with lower demand, they need to guarantee a certain number made.

Custom colours can help to add to your business’ efficiency by allowing you to:

  • Assign specific colours to certain customers so you know where packages are going at all times
  • Assign colours to particular warehouses or plants to keep them separated
  • Identify them as yours so that you can prevent them from being lost

Vancouver Transloading Can Help Save on Your Freight Costs

Once you have your shipment loaded onto your custom plastic colour pallets, contact Cratex Group to handle all of your Vancouver Transloading needs. Call us to learn more about the advantages and uses of colour pallets.

 

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The Basics of Industrial Packing

Although you may not realize it, shipping with a freight provider or industrial shipper is not the same as using a per package service. Industrial service often come with different levels of service, costs and methods of shipping that you might not be used to, which makes it important to learn a little bit more about industrial shipping before you make any decisions. If you use the same packing methods for industrial shipping as you did with a per package service, you could be in for a world of trouble, including lost or broken packages.

Here are the basics of industrial packing to help with your next big shipment so that you and your customers have the total peace of mind you deserve.

Start with the Right Boxes

Unlike traditional shipping, industrial shipping is a very involved process, the first step of which is using the right boxes and packing materials.

A good rule of thumb is to start small. Anything that can’t fill a crate-sized box should be packed into smaller boxes first. Next, pack similar items into the same small box, and then fit all of those small boxes into a bigger box, or, better yet, a custom crate built by the Cratex Group. Grouping similar items together will reduce shipping confusion and will make sure all of your important items reach their intended destination. Finally, make sure to select boxes that can handle the weight of your shipment.

Mark Items Fragile

With all of your items packed securely into their boxes, it’s time to think about fragility. Fragile items must be treated with special care throughout the shipping process to avoid damage. If you feel like the items you are packing are too fragile for normal packaging, you should make sure to add additional padding to help protect them from the bumps and jostling that are common to the shipping process. Also, for a final layer protection, make sure to prominently label any sensitive packages as fragile. This will let your shipper know that they need to be treated with extra care.

Select the Right Packing Materials

Remember, your biggest enemy during shipping is allowing enough space for your items to move around. Make sure that any box you pack is completely free from empty space. Filling empty spaces with padding or support will keep your items firmly in place and limit movement during the shipping process. Before you seal up your boxes, double check to make sure that your items are snug and have a good level of support. If you think you may need some extra padding, packing foam, peanuts and bubble wrap can come in handy.

Secure your boxes properly with high-grade packing tape. You don’t want them popping open during shipping.

Use Pallets to Consolidate

One of the biggest fears when shipping multiple boxes is having your packages become separated, which increases the risk that some of them may be lost. To make sure that your packages stay together throughout the shipping process, you should consolidate them by placing your shipment is on pallets and is held securely with bands, shrink-wrap or stretch wrap. Not only does this add additional protection, it helps keep things orderly for unpacking.

Trust Cratex Group for Your Vancouver Transloading and Industrial Packing Needs

Vancouver transloading is a great way to save money on your freight. Custom crates are a great way to add protection to your shipment. Contact Cratex Group today for more information on your custom crating needs or for industrial packing for your shipments.

 

 

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Questions to Ask Before Shipping Freight

When you need to ship freight, there are probably a few concerns on your mind. What rates you should pay, whether you need continued or one-time service and what’s involved in the shipping process can be confusing if you’ve never used freight shipping before, making it important to get all the information that you can. Here are a few questions you should ask when you’re planning on shipping freight to help you make the process as easy, stress free and affordable as possible.

How Often Do You Ship?

The first thing that you should consider when you’re planning on shipping freight is how often you will require shipping services. Costs and levels of service can vary widely depending on whether you need daily, weekly or even monthly service, so knowing how often you need to ship at the outset will help you connect with the right services.

Sit down and map out your next few months worth of freight to estimate much you will be shipping during that time. Then, when you are talking to freight companies, brokers or transloading providers, you can let them know how often you will need their service and see if that can provide you any discounts on regular shipping costs.

What is in a Normal Shipment?

After deciding how often you are going to need to ship your products, you need to determine how consistent the size and weight of your shipments will be. For example, do you ship the same amount of product every single time, or will it vary from shipment to shipment? Answering these questions comes with two main benefits:

  1. Help you determine your costs
  2. Narrow down what shipping service you should use

Many freight providers do not work with certain cargo, while others prefer to work with a single type of cargo. Specifying what you are shipping can help you in negotiations with freight companies and will let you rule out the companies that don’t offer the service you need.

What Are Your Shipping Locations?

Almost as much as your cargo itself, the location you are shipping from is incredibly important. Your shipping location can help you decide between a transloading company and a traditional trucking company. Certain locations can leverage benefits from services like transloading. This allows access to multiple methods of transportation to move your freight and save money because of it. Have a clear idea of what your normal shipping locations are both to and from, which your shipping company may be able to use to offer you deals.

What Are Your Special Considerations?

Some shipping jobs require special considerations that can tremendously add to your costs. For instance, do you need a lift gate to pick up your shipment since you have no loading dock? Does your destination have any specific needs, such as restricted access times or a specific warehouse to use? These are all things that you need to keep in mind, as they can determine which shipping service you should use.

When speaking with your transloader or freight provider, have a list of all of these types of considerations in mind. You don’t want to have a shipment left behind because there was no lift gate on the truck when they arrived to unload.

Consider Vancouver Transloading for Your Next Shipment

Looking for savings on your freight or Vancouver transloading? Then trust the Cratex Group for your transloading and shipping freight needs. Contact us today for more information on our services.