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How NOT to Ship Server Equipment: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Shippers of server equipment must consider a number of factors, including safety, speed, and of course, cost. Over the years, we have become aware of a number of shippers making a common set of mistakes in the name of speed and cost, yet at the expense of safety.

How to Buy a Motorcycle Out of State

Take a look at our tips below to ensure that the bike you purchase arrives at your door without a scratch. EVALUATE THE SELLER In general, it’s a safer bet to purchase from a licensed dealer or established site such as eBay or CycleTrader than an individual. These...

Moving Your Senior Parent with Empathy

Having “the conversation” with a family member about moving into an assisted living facility can feel overwhelming and stressful for everyone involved. Many seniors don’t want to face the reality of their diminishing capabilities and adult children don’t want to think...

Before and After – Crane Axles

We recently received a call to pick up and repair a couple of crates that were damaged in shipment. These crates contained 2000 pound crane axles and were bound for Asia but sustained damage en route to its flight out of NY from the manufacturer. As seen in the first...

Crating Wildlife Models

This model of a Blue Footed Boobie Bird is part of a traveling exhibit for the American Museum of Natural History. As with many wildlife models, we need to contend with many delicate parts such as the feathers, feet, tails, etc.. We also must consider how the piece...

Packing a Custom Made Doll House

We've all seen a dollhouse before, but the dollhouses out of FAO Schwartz in NY is a whole different story. They are incredibly detailed and in some cases, miniature replicas of the customer's home, right down to the same room decorations and furniture. When packing,...

Packaging Native American Sculptures

This was certainly unique. A 14' long, 700-pound Native American sculpture and matching "feasting bowl" needed to be shipped back to the original sculptor in Washington State. The first challenge was picking them up. It was a long day traveling out to the eastern tip...

“Just Strap it to a Pallet.”

Why is it that when we are asked to "Just strap it to a pallet", we try to offer a higher level of packing?  Take a look at the photo below.  This item originated elsewhere but made a pit stop at our facility to get repacked when the "strap it to a pallet" method...

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