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A Greener Way to Ship

Businesses large and small are exploring new ways to go green. It may be more expensive in the short-term, but making environmentally-friendly choices can have long-term benefits for your bottom line.

Even when it may be difficult to quantify any cost savings, there may be compelling reasons to make a change from business as usual. New legislation and code updates may […]

Protect Your Package from Particulate

If you find a fly in your soup at the local diner, it’s undeniably gross. But it’s a problem that’s quick, easy, and inexpensive to fix. Send your order back; wait a few minutes for a new bowl; and you will probably enjoy the whole meal on the house.

But finding an errant speck of dust in a shipment destined for […]

Cleaned, Sealed, and Delivered

A successful packaging job usually means doing everything possible to keep the product “comfortable” during transit. The packaging team is likely to focus on preventing damage from things like rough handling, accidental drops, and changes in temperature.

As a rule, packaging for sensitive equipment needs to protect against the three big dangers during shipment: shock, vibration, and moisture. But, sometimes, a […]

When NOT to Use a Pallet

How is a shipping crate similar to both your home and your most intimate relationship? Each one is only as strong as the foundation upon which it is built.

Just like you wouldn’t expect a partnership to thrive without shared values and mutual trust, you can’t expect a crate built on a sub-standard base to survive the ups and downs of […]

Critical: Tips for Shipping Medical Equipment

The manufacturing team triple-checks the specs and declares the medical equipment ready to ship. Gleaming, spotless, and painstakingly calibrated, this machine is destined for a hospital operating room, where it will act as the beating heart for a patient undergoing cardiac bypass surgery.

But first, it has to travel hundreds or thousands of miles from the factory to the hospital.

Shipping high-value […]

How to Pick a “Just Right” Crate

You make packaging choices every day. You put last night’s leftovers into Tupperware or Ziploc without a second thought. You probably never falter when asked “Paper or plastic?” at the grocery store checkout. But choosing the right shipping crate can be surprisingly complicated!

Infinite Variety
You might imagine that shipping crates are a one-size-fits-all solution for shipments that are too heavy or […]

How to Choose the Best Shipping Crate

At first glance, it might seem like all wooden shipping crates are created equal. In fact, it might be tempting to simply choose the cheapest option because boxes made of wood can’t be all that complicated, right? But shipping your product in a poorly constructed shipping crate can have serious consequences. Here’s how to spot the subtle differences that could […]

Where to Pack Your Shipment

When your product is ready to ship, do you imagine ordering in some custom packaging supplies and crating it on-site? You might be surprised to learn that packaging it off-site could be a better choice.

There are a very few circumstances when packaging MUST happen at your site. For example, if your product:

Is so delicate that it cannot be safely transported […]

Do I Need a Custom Crate?

How will your product be packaged when it’s ready to leave your facility and travel to your customer’s site? Nestled in packing “peanuts” inside a cardboard box? Or secured on a custom-built skid, cushioned by foam cut to match every contour, and protected from all sides by a wooden shipping crate?

Some products will travel well strapped to a pallet and […]

Special Case: Shipping Electronics

Shipping any type of equipment requires careful attention to packaging and handling, but manufacturers of electronic capital equipment face a special set of challenges.

Whether you’re delivering a control unit to help power a nuclear plant in Dubai or shipping the electronics for a vacuum chamber that draws chemicals into pressure-treated lumber, small decisions can have huge impacts.

Electronics are always high-maintenance […]