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How Specialty Crating & Shipping Differs From Traditional Shipping

If you believe that all shipping companies are essentially the same, and that all you need to do is compare prices to choose one, you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception. In reality, there are significant differences between standard shipping providers and those that specialize in customized crating, packaging and shipping.

Key Considerations for International Shipping

The desire to explore or capitalize on untapped foreign markets is driving many companies today to ship equipment, products and materials overseas. Often, the person asked to coordinate these shipments has little or no experience in international freight shipping....

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, at the expense of safety.

How to Buy a Motorcycle Out of State

Take a look at our tips to ensure that the bike you purchase arrives at your door without a scratch. In general, it’s a safer bet to purchase from a licensed dealer or established site than an individual and hire a motorcycle shipping expert for delivery.

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. Approach this conversation with respect and empathy and you’re likely to get the same in return from your loved one.

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...

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