It goes without saying that it is crucial to have these finished products delivered on time and without any hiccups if we want our business’ reputation to remain unscathed and if we want our buyers to recommend us to other people. So, how does a business owner ensure that their products reach their destination intact and on schedule?
- Make sure you have the right packaging
Packaging is truly half of the problem when we are talking shipping of the product. Not everything can be put in the same containers when it needs to be shipped. Some products need to be secured in place and they have to be absolutely unable to move or to have any contact with the outside.
There are also particularly heavy products that need to be shipped in sturdy containers such as steel cages which will endure the stress and which will not bulk under the load. For example, if you put a huge piece of machinery into plastic crates, you will most probably experience breaking of the shipping container and our product might get damaged or even lost.
The good news is that there are many various types of packaging available and a large number of packaging companies that will be happy to do this for you if your company does not have the means to do this properly.
- Choosing the shipping method
You will always have choices when deciding on the shipping method. If your buyers live close by and if you own trucks, you may decide to do this yourself. However, it is more likely that you will be hiring the services of a shipping company with their own people and vehicles.
If the buyer is relatively close to you and if there is no ocean between the two of you; you will probably chose between road shipping (trucks) and railroad shipping (trucks). Trucks are much faster and easier to work with, while trains are much cheaper, especially if the distance is larger.
If your product(s) need to be shipped across the ocean, you will need to choose between air and sea shipping, i.e. shipping products by plane or by boat. Air shipping is very quick and effective, but it has its bad sides as well. It is quite expensive and the amount of space that your cargo can take up is limited.
On the other side, shipping by ocean, on a cargo or a container ship is much cheaper and you can ship anything, no matter how huge it is. Still, it can be quite slow and difficult to track.
- Choosing the right partners
Of course, none of this will matter if you do not choose the right packaging people and the right shipping company. You need to do your research properly and you need to be absolutely certain that the firm or company you are doing business with has spotless reputation, all the professional know-how and the packaging supplies and vehicles that your money can buy.
You are putting the reputation of your company on the line here and you need to know you can rely on your hired help.