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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.

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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.

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The Basics of Industrial Packing and Transloading

If you need to send large amounts of freight, then you are going to have to pack it up to do it. Thing is, industrial packing is a lot different than the way that you would ship a single package or even a small group of packages.

In order to ensure that your shipment is going to arrive undamaged, you need to follow the basics of industrial packing. Here is what you need to know to get your shipment packed up and underway.


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Do You Understand Your Freight Charges?

As with industry there are plenty of inside terms and tricks to understanding freight charges.

Even businesses who have lots of experience with shipping can find themselves overwhelmed when looking over a bill from a freight carrier. That is why it is so important to understand everything about your freight charges and why they are appearing.

Here are some key things you should understand about freight charges and when they apply (or don’t apply) to what you are shipping.


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Tips to Get More out of Your Transloading Operations

Transloading is a great way to add flexibility to your supply chain. It can also help to reduce freight costs which can be significant depending on where your lines of business are located.

If you are new to transloading you may be looking for some tips on how you can leverage your operations and make them more effective. Here are some ways that you can more efficiently and effectively use transloading operations in your business.

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Transloading for your Large or Bulk Items

Shipping large or bulk items can provide a unique set of challenges. That’s why your logistics operations are so critical to the success of your business. The important thing is getting your goods into the hands of your customers with as little difficulty as possible. That is why transloading is a great way to do this.

Transloading can reduce costs, extend your reach and make your entire operation more efficient. Here are some of the ways that you can take advantage of Vancouver transloading for your operation.

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