Choosing a Transloading Partner

Are you thinking of working with a Vancouver transloading company like Cratex Group? Not only is transloading a great way to save on costs, it can also open up markets and increase your business’ flexibility.

Transloading Can Save You Money

Freight is a major cost for your company. That is why you should always be on the look-out for ways to save money where you can when it comes to freight. If you haven’t looking into transloading then you may be missing out on a major way to save on freight charges. Here are a few of the ways you can leverage transloading for your business to save on costs.

Discharge Near Ports to Bypass Distribution Centres

One of the major ways that transloading can really help for you to save on shipping is to let you bypass a distribution centre. Typically, ocean going freight containers are much smaller than their land-based counterparts. This means that shipments are often broken up as they are loaded onto sea vessels and then need to be sorted and reconsolidated.

This is typically done by loading ocean containers onto a truck, driving them to a distribution centre, unloading the containers, sorting the shipment, reloading into new containers and then shipping them off to their destination. This takes a large effort in both time and money.

Transloading bypasses many of those steps. Instead of having to load, move, unload, your transloading provider does all of these steps for you; right at the port. This saves on the initial trucking run to your DC. Once the ocean containers are unloaded, they can be sorted and packed onto larger trucks that are sent straight to your destination. Think of all the time and money you will save bypassing all the additional and unnecessary steps.

Consolidate Shipments from Different Origins

Another benefit that can be provided by transloading is that shipments from different distributors arriving on different vessels can be consolidated without having to spend time in DC storage.

If you are ordering raw materials or parts from several different international vendors, this means that your shipments may be arriving at your port at different times. If you know this, then you can work with your transloading vendor to consolidate all of your shipments at the port and as they arrive.

As items arrive and are unloaded, completed shipments can be sent out without having to take extra time in transit to your DC. The ones that are not yet complete can be held onto until they are ready to go. Sure, your transloader is going to charge you for their storage fees, but since they are locate at the port they are going to be much lower than what you would traditionally pay at a DC or warehouse.

Save on Ocean Container Charges

Taking up an ocean container whether it is full or empty costs money. This means full one sitting around or being shipped to a DC, as well as empty ones on the way back to the port cost money. Transloading ensures that those containers will stay at the port and be returned quickly.

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GREEN SHIPPING CAN SAVE YOU MONEYTransloading Cargo

We live in a global world.  The rise and demand for goods and products has forced many businesses to think larger than locally or even nationally.  In order to reach these new found markets, you may need to rethink and develop new cost-efficient shipping methods.  What you may not realize is that often green shipping or sustainable shipping methods can be some of the most cost efficient ways to reach these new markets.

As the premier transloading and shipping company in Vancouver, we would like to offer you the following ways to take advantage of sustainable shipping methods and why they are right for your business.

Why Use Sustainable Shipping?

Sustainable shipping is part of the larger green initiative that is influencing how companies choose to do business and is a major selling factor for consumers.  Businesses that choose to take the extra responsibility of sustainable practices are going to be rewarded by consumers and markets for their choices.  Besides a market perspective, other reasons to choose a more sustainable shipping method include:

  • The high cost and amount of waste of extra and often excessive packaging that comes when you use more traditional means of shipping.
  • Emission rates and extra and often unnecessary shipping costs. These can quickly be paired down by employing transloading to your shipping methods.

How Else Can You Save Money?

Less is more

Reduce the amount of packaging and material that you are using to ship your products.  If you cannot reduce your packaging, look at greener packing choices, such as:

  • Replace all plastics with paper or other bio-degradable, environmentally friendly packaging materials.

Green inside and out

  • Try to use 100% recyclable materials for your shipping packaging.
  • Reuse packing and packaging if possible to save money.

Ship in bulk

  • If possible, try to ship as many products together to maximize your freight space and weight. This is not only a more sustainable way to ship your goods, the efficiency will also save you money.

Review your shipping methods

  • Take the time to review your shipping partners. See if there are ways to save money by either consolidating freight or if you are a small company, perhaps collaborate with another business that is shipping to a similar or the same destination.
  • See if by choosing sustainable shipping methods there are any savings, rebates or taxes that can be found through greener shipping choices.

The green movement is here to stay.  By choosing more sustainable shipping practices new, you are not only choosing a more responsible way to conducting business, you are also showing consumers that you are putting the environment and earth first.

We would love to help you with your shipping needs and be a part of the new, sustainable shipping market.  Contact us today to see how we can help.

LIMITING PRODUCT LOSS

In order to maximize profit for any business, it is important to protect your goods at every stage of the shipping process -from your warehouse all the way to their destination.  As your premier packing and crating company in the Lower Mainland, we would like to offer you the following ways to limit your product loss.

In the Warehouse

Limiting product loss starts way before your goods have been loaded onto a truck and are heading out on the road.  In fact, there are steps that you can take to manage any product loss in your warehouse.

  • Assess and communicate with personnel so that they understand their job, roles and responsibilities regarding protecting and preparing goods for shipping.
  • Double check the process. Make sure that your product is labelled, properly stacked and stored.  Take the time to review this process with your personnel and let them know what is expected of them.

Packaging and Packing

There can be many mistakes made at this stage that can lead to an increase in product loss, so take extra precautions to ensure that packing and packaging is done properly.

  • Check your freight’s dimensions. By knowing exact sizes, you can choose the proper way of packing and protecting your goods.
  • Understand the nature of your goods. If your goods are fragile, perishable or dangerous, ensure that the proper steps to protect your goods have been taken.  This includes properly labelling all pallets and boxes.
  • Pack pallets with care. Use shrink-wrap as well as cardboard corners to protect your freight and to prevent it from tipping or shifting during the shipping process.
  • Use the right shipping materials. Pack your goods in sturdy wooden crates, and pack all materials according to their dimensions and durability levels.
  • Ensure your goods won’t shift during transit by fixing it securely inside your wooden crate.

During Shipment

  • Have your freight ready for pick-up at the scheduled time.
  • Ensure that labels are properly filled out and can be easily read. If your goods are fragile, take extra precautions and make sure that no other freight is stacked on top.
  • Have paperwork finished and ready to go. This will prevent your goods from being held up at customs or in a warehouse when enroute.
  • Opt for shipping insurance and tracking. This will allow you to know exactly where your goods are during any portion of the shipping process.  It will also ensure that your goods arrive at their destination in the same condition they left.

Post Shipment

  • Manage all customer concerns and have a customer service plan already established and in place. Be responsive, responsible, prompt and professional.  Customer service is a huge part of any business.
  • Have a reasonable refund or replacement plan, but take the time to ensure that the lost or damaged item truly is lost or damaged.

These simple tips should help you limit product loss from warehouse to your good’s destination and beyond. If you are interested in the shipping services that we offer or would like to see how we can help make your shipping methods more efficient and save you money, please contact us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.

SAVE THE PALLET, SAVE MONEY

If your business relies on using pallets to ship your goods, then you will want to pay attention here.  Pallets are an excellent way of shipping large amounts of goods safely, securely and efficiently.  Pallets can be stacked, easily moved and best of all – reused.  If you are not reusing your pallets you are overpaying for your shipping needs and costing your business unnecessary expenses.

As your industrial shipping leaders specializing in packing and crating, here is an outline of why you want to save your pallets and how this practice will greatly reduce your business’ shipping costs.

Supply and Demand

Supply and demand dictate the price of pallets as well as the overall availability of this resource.  When shipping needs are greater, such as right now around the busy holiday season, then the cost of pallets rises sharply – up to 40% in some cases.  If you have not been saving or reusing your pallets, shipping goods at peak times is going to add a significant cost to your business shipping expenses.

Here’s the Deal:

Be in control of your businesses shipping costs by storing and then reusing all your pallets throughout the year.

Versatility and Sustainability

Because of the increasing cost of wooden pallets, many businesses are turning to alternate sources for their pallets.  The most popular alternative is plastic.  Plastic pallets do offer some advantages over traditional wooden pallets that include:

  • Depending upon what type of freight you are shipping (food) you may need clean sanitary pallets. In this case, plastic is a great choice.
  • Plastic pallets will not break or splinter – unlike wood.
  • Sustainability and longevity. Plastic pallets enjoy a longer lifespan.

Other Options

Some options to explore if you have not been stockpiling pallets is to look at both the used and new pallet market.

If space allows, you may want to carve out a place in your business to begin stockpiling pallets and reusing them or even repairing your own pallets, so that you have them on hand for busy times.

Alternate shipping choices such as wooden crates to ship your goods –check with your shipping company to see what the most efficient method is.

If you are looking for ways to reduce your shipping overhead and save your business money, reusing your pallets may be an easy but overlooked way to achieve both goals.  If you are interested in other ways you can save your business money and still ship your goods effectively and efficiently, contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your business shipping network and look forward to working with you soon. Contact us today.