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Advice for holiday shipping from Houston Logistics & Crating Company

Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  And, Christmas follows soon after.   With more and more families traveling for Thanksgiving and staying at home for Christmas, we are offering advice earlier in the year. Once you’ve bought the gifts for friends and family you need to pack up your presents and ship them.

Our best advice is to ship very early. When carriers have an overload of packages being shipped all at once, there are bound to be more errors in the deliveries.

 With so many people sending gifts across the country, you need to think strategically about when, how and where you'll send. Logistics is the answer. Plan ahead and use the most cost effective way to ship your gifts. Keep reading for solid tips on avoiding shipping headaches this holiday season.

1. Go with an experienced shipping company. Use an experienced packing company to pack and ship your holiday presents. How sad to buy a lovely vase and have it damaged during shipping. Packing professionals will know how to handle your delicate gifts.

If you are shipping family heirlooms, always let an experienced mover or shipping company pack and ship these for you. Some things are worth paying for, and irreplaceable items surely fall into this category. If one of your antiques needs to be crated, ask the company if they build a custom wood crate to specifically fit the item that you are shipping.

2. Send items early, even if you are taking a plane. Having your gifts arrive separately spares you the hassle of carrying items through the airport. You also avoid the extra baggage fees. Many companies will pick up, pack, gift wrap and ship your packages for you. One less worry!!

An added bonus? Family members will wait with anticipation when they see a box of gifts arrive at their doorstep.

3. Ship early, ship early, ship early. This cannot be stressed enough times. If you are looking at saving money, you do not want to wait and ship until the last minute. Overnight shipping is more expensive, as is two day and three day shipping. Ground shipping is reliable, and not nearly as expensive.

The major shipping companies list the last day you should ship and hope to get your package there on time, but, starting the day after Thanksgiving guarantees by the major shipping companies are adjusted or suspended until after Christmas. This is due to the weather and volume of packages.

4.Use UPS, Fed Ex and DHL. When you use these companies, you can track your package from the time it leaves the store until the time it is delivered. The satisfaction of knowing exactly when it has arrived at its final destination is great.

5. Ship suitcases before you travel. Suitcase shipping starts to pick up this time of year - and with good reason. With crowded airports and extra fees imposed by the airlines, customers now request luggage pick up at their home or office and delivery at their final destination. Pick up service for your luggage can also be arranged for the trip home. 

When it comes to Christmas and holiday shipping, plan ahead, ship early and go with an experienced shipper.

6.  Go ahead and send furniture as gifts. If you plan on giving a piece of furniture as a gift, look for a company that specializes in logistics that can arrange delivery for this piece of furniture either a few days before Christmas, or even on Christmas Eve.

If we can answer any of your holiday shipping, logistics, packing, freight or moving  questions, please call us in Houston at 713-266-1450, or visit us at www.pack-n-send.com.

Happy Holiday Shipping!


Tags: Christmas Shipping, Houston Logistics

Outsource freight preparation? Houston Shipper Offers Advice

Posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2012

 

Pack n send has discussed outsourcing before.  While bringing packing and shipping functions into your firm, may look like a cost effective idea at first, there are many things to consider.

If you are only trying to save money, have you looked at your employees level of expertise. While saving money on outside vendors, are you spending more money and time dealing with damages, mispacked items, and items that are not valued correctly for transit?

Do your employees know who to call for each country that they are shipping to? Do they know what customs forms need to be filled in?

Do they know what type of box, crate of pallet to use for each type of shipment?

Do your employees analyze using a small move alternative instead of freight? 

Do they know how to pack freight?

 Do they know who to call to schedule logistics for your company? 

Are your managerial employees workers happy to perform menial tasks, or will they cut corners just to get the job over with? Is their downgrading a way to keep them on the payroll for future endeavors? Could these employees use their time better by looking for alternative ways to improve company functions?  Can they work on improving customer relations, or come up with new solutions to work flow?

Sometime it just pays to outsource your packing and shipping needs, and retain good employees for more important tasks.

For information about packing, freight and shipping world wide, please feel free to call pack n send at  713 266 1450.

 

 

 

Tags: Houston Logistics, Houston Freight

Estate Shipping-Houston Freight Company offers Advice

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011

 

When a loved one passes away, it is often necessary to distribute furniture, household goods and other valuables. Relatives and friends do not always live in the same city. 

If you need assistance in moving furniture or other items to various cities you should look for a company that can offer alternative ways of shipping. Look for a company that offers storage alternatives while you decide how to distribute items.  Ask if the company can list items on eBay for you that you do not intend to keep.

 For your furniture and other large or delicate items you need to find a firm that can offer you alternative ways to ship your valuables. 

For some shipments, a blanket wrap move is the best idea. This way your goods are delivered inside your home or apartment.

Sometimes, a more cost effective way of transporting your goods is via freight. The company you choose should be able to pick up your belongings, and deliver them curbside to their destination location.  For an extra fee, the items can be unloaded from the pallet, and delivered inside. The cost savings will come into play if you have the goods delivered to your curbside and unload it yourself. 

Your smaller items can be shipped via UPS or Fed Ex.  If you need international shipping, DHL and Fed Ex are great options. Always remember to ask for your tracking number. 

For more advice on estate shipping, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

Tags: Houston Logistics, Estate Shipping Houston

Marble and Glass Shipping Tips from Houston Freight Company

Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011

Look for a company that can custom build a  custom crate for moving or shipping your marble.  If you are asking for an estimate, measure the length, width and height two times to make sure that your measurements are correct.

 If the company building your crate cannot crate on site, be sure to have professionals deliver the marble piece to the crate builder.

 This is for both marble sculptures as well as marble counter tops and table tops.

 Ask if the company you choose can double or triple bubble the marble piece. This adds extra cushioning during the moving or shipping process. Check to see if the company will use two to three inches of Styrofoam on all sides on the inside of the crate. This means top, bottom and all sides are to be lined with Styrofoam.

 Ask that the crate be built with screws on the top. This will allow for easy opening at your crates final destination.  The bottom of the crate should be secured with staples.

 After your crate is closed, stapled and had screws put on the top, make sure that metal banding will be wrapped around the crate as an extra security measure.

 For more information on shipping marble, please feel free to call pack n send at  713 266 1450.

Tags: Houston Logistics, Freight Houston, Marble Houston

When should you freight your furniture?

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011

If you have a small amount of furniture, you might want to consider freighting your furniture. Companies throughout the Untied States will pick up your furniture at your office, home or apartment.

 We recommend that you find a company that can take the furniture back to their ware house and prepare it to be shipped on a truck.

 There is an option for you to pack, crate or palletize everything on your own, and have the shipment picked up from your residence.  We only recommend this option if you have experience in packing for shipping and have the capability to load the heavy furniture and boxes on the truck your self, or you can request a truck with a lift gate.

The box that your computer came in, is not a true shipping box with padding added for protection during shipping.

 The company you choose will arrange the logistics for you. They should look for the least expensive cost for shipping. They will also let you know the approximate delivery date. The carrier that they ship with will call you a day ahead of time to schedule a delivery time that will fit into your busy schedule.

 Remember that all shipments that are considered residential will be boxed, palletized or crated.  Furniture freighting saves money if you request a curbside delivery.  Be sure to ask for a truck with a lift gate since you are also responsible for unloading the merchandise. Companies can arrange to have a company take it from your curbside and take it inside your residence. We recommend a lift gate truck for anything  weighing over one hundred pounds.

 If you have any questions about freighting furniture, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

 

 

Tags: Houston Logistics, Houston Freight