What Is a Water Tote & How Can it be Used for My Shipping Needs?

 

In the shipping world, there are numerous types of packaging materials that are used to transport a wide variety of materials. Choosing the right type ensures that your product(s) will make it from one point to the next safely. The right containers also maximize efficiency and improve safety. When transporting liquids, water totes have become an increasingly popular option. While steel drums were once the product of choice for transporting liquids, many companies have found that water totes are an easier to handle, more efficient and more cost-effective option. What exactly are water totes, and how can you use them for your shipping needs? Let’s take a closer look at these versatile containers and their potential uses. Continue reading…


3 Tips to Make Your Tote Containers Last as Long as Possible

 

Nothing lasts forever, but there are several steps you can take to preserve the tote containers your business needs for storing and shipping liquids. Tote containers, also known as intermediate bulk containers or IBCs, are ideal for storing many types of liquids, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food, among others. With proper care, they can be used over and over–many more times than storage drums. Do you want to make your tote containers last as long as possible? If so, keep reading to find out how! Continue reading…


Port Hurricane Preparedness Plans: The Ultimate Checklist

 

Hurricane season is the most dangerous time of the year for East Coast ports. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, the Atlantic hurricane season spawns an average of 10 named storms. Of them, approximately six become hurricanes, and two to three develop into major hurricanes. Ports in cities like Miami and New Orleans must take steps to ensure that they are prepared to deal with major storms and their aftermath. Continue reading…


4 Types of Hazardous Waste and How to Properly Dispose of Each

 

When it comes to properly managing and disposing of hazardous waste, understanding the exact types of waste your business creates is vital. Due to strict regulations, hazardous waste cannot be simply thrown out with the rest of your trash. Instead, it must be disposed of in a manner that complies with strict government policies. Continue reading…


Class 3 Flammable Liquid Class: All You Need to Know

 

When transporting hazardous materials, how do shippers correctly label their cargo? There are numerous classifications for a wide range of materials that are classified as hazardous or dangerous for a number of reasons, including explosiveness, causticness, and flammability. The class 3 flammable liquids class contains liquids with flash points of no more than 60.5 degrees Celsius or 141 degrees Fahrenheit. It also contains molten materials in their liquid phase with flash points that are no greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because there are numerous products and materials that fit into this class, understanding how to properly label and transport them is extremely important. Here are a few things you need to know about the class 3 flammable liquid class. Continue reading…


3 Ways of Ensuring Your 55 Gallon Steel Drum Makes It from Point A to Point B

 

While intermediate bulk containers are quickly becoming the container of choice for shipping liquids and granulated product, 55-gallon steel drums are still widely used in the shipping industry. These drums are affordable and can be used to transport a wide variety of materials. Ensuring that your drums make it from point A to point B safely, however, requires a bit of care. Though durable, they can be damaged while in transit if they are not prepared properly. In addition to damaging the drum itself, the materials contained within could also be damaged. Major damage to drums can also result in leaks. This, of course, is a huge problem when you are shipping dangerous goods. Continue reading…


Why Vendor Compliance Is Important for All Incoming Shipping Materials

 

From meeting customer expectations to ensuring that they are abiding by all applicable laws and regulations, companies of all types and sizes jump through a lot of hoops to meet their goals. For many, working with vendors is one of the biggest challenges. Business owners rely on numerous vendors to provide the raw materials, supplies, etc. that they need to successfully run their companies. Continue reading…


What Is an Oxygen Generator Box and Why Do I Need One?

 

When shipping items that contain or are made with potentially hazardous materials, there are strict regulations that mandate what type of packaging must be used, how the item can be transported, etc. An oxygen generator is one specific example of a product that must be shipped in a manner that complies with certain regulations. If you need to ship one of these devices by air, you can’t just send it in any old packaging you have lying around. It must be packaged in an oxygen generator box that is designed specifically for this application. What is an oxygen generator box, and why do you need one? Keep reading to find out the answers. Continue reading…


What Do Bulkier Shipping Materials Mean for Warehouse Efficiency?

 

Fulfillment and shipping needs vary drastically from one business to another based on product type, company branding and numerous other factors. One issue that many companies share, though, is the problem of inefficient warehouses. Whether you run a small, home-based business that ships just a few packages per day or a multi-million-dollar corporation that sends out thousands, inefficiency in your warehouse or the area where products are stored, packaged and shipped from can slow down your entire process. Continue reading…


Handling Hazardous Materials? 6 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in Hazmat School

 

Working with hazardous materials is a dangerous job that requires extensive training. In addition to ensuring your own safety, completing certain types of training ensures that you are in compliance with the United States Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. If your job requires you to handle, package or transport such materials, the regulations likely require that your employer provide certain types of training prior to allowing you to perform job functions that involve hazardous materials. Even if you are self-employed or only handle or ship these materials infrequently, it is still important to undergo the proper training. Continue reading…