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What to Look for In a Carrier

There are so many freight carriers out there nowadays, how do you choose the right one for your cargo? Choosing the wrong carrier could mean unhappy customers, damaged goods, late deliveries or overly high costs. The good news is that most quality carries have many of the same qualities in common – the same qualities that you should be looking for when searching for a carrier for yourself.

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Should You Use Stringer or Block Pallets?

The shipping and freight industry is full of decisions that have to be made to get goods from point A to point B. Not only do you have to consider what you are shipping, you need to think about what it is being shipped on. That is why choosing the right pallet for your application can be very important.

There are two main types of pallets, stringer or block. Each have their respective uses, the question is which one is the right one for you?

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Understanding the Charges on Your Delivery Receipt

Once your shipment arrives you should be checking it over. First give your shipment a once over to ensure that there are no visible signs of damage on the outside of the packing. After you have signed off on the delivery slip, the next thing to do is to take a look at the proof of delivery for any charges that might be on there.

Yes, when a shipment arrives it can be very hectic and things can get overlooked and missed. Unfortunately an errant signature on a PoD sheet can end up costing you lots of money in shipping charges.

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What to Do About Concealed Damage in Freight?

How many times have you opened up a shipment to find that your shipment was damaged? Even though there may be no outward signs of the damage at all. There is nothing more frustrating for someone receiving a shipment.
The same could be said for those on the shipping end as well. Even though you took all the time and effort to pack your freight properly, it ends up damaged regardless.
Here is what you need to know about concealed damage and what should be done about it.

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What Is an MSDS and Do I Need One?

The shipping world loves to come up with abbreviations that are confusing, vague and required. Often a conversation with a shipping line may become a game of alphabet soup when they start telling you all of the things that are required for your shipment. One of the terms you may come across is MSDS. What is an MSDS and do you need one for your shipment? Let’s find out.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping Computer Servers

Are you in need to ship some sensitive computer equipment? Maybe making and shipping servers is your regular business. Regardless of the situation, when you are going to be shipping sensitive computer equipment like servers there are some pretty costly mistakes that you can make. In order to ensure that your server equipment makes its destination intact and ready to work when it gets there, avoid these very serious mistakes.

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Is Custom Industrial Packing Worth It?

Do you need to ship items for yourself or your business?  If so, then you might be tempted to cut some corners by going with standard cardboard packing for your shipment.  While shipping can be very expensive, cutting corners on the packing that you use can be even more costly.  After all, what happens if the items that you are trying to ship end up arriving broken, damaged or unusable?  Here are some reasons why you could benefit from using custom crating and industrial packing on your next shipment or transloading freight move.

Items Are More Secure in Packing Built for Them

Is it possible to find a box or existing packing material that is pretty close to the size of what you are trying to ship?  Of course it is—the issue becomes about what to do with all of that empty space that needs to be filled around your items.  Fragile items are particularly sensitive to packing materials that might be slightly too large.

Having a crate custom built for your shipment means that the packing material was designed with your items in mind.  If they are fragile, extra care can be built into the packing to ensure that your items have little to no chance of getting damaged.  The amount of empty space around your items is minimized, and can easily be filled up with packing material to ensure your shipment won’t move or shift in transit.

Wooden Crates Offer More Protection

Cardboard is a cheap and low cost way to move items.  The problem is, it isn’t very sturdy; it can’t hold up when things are spilled on it.  It also tends to be easily crushed if it is mishandled.  Therefore, you should ask yourself this question: just how much do you trust the driver who picked up your shipment?

A wooden crate offers a multitude of protections for your shipment.  It can be built to keep items up off of the ground so that spills don’t affect them. Wood is much sturdier than cardboard and can take some manhandling before it breaks.

Overall, your items and your shipment are much safer in a custom crate.

Odd Sized Items Are No Problem

Are you trying to ship an oversized, odd sized or exceptionally heavy item?  That isn’t a problem with custom packing.

Since your packing is being built specifically for the item that is being shipped, you don’t have to worry about it not fitting.  The crate can literally be built around the item so that it fits perfectly.  This will ensure that you don’t have to settle for something that is much too large or for no packing material at all.  Any special need that your item might have can be taken care of by having custom packing built for it.

Trust Cratex Group for Your Custom Packing and Transloading Needs

Make sure that you are giving your next shipment the best protection it can have by having Cratex Group build a custom crate for you.