18 Unusual Uses for Shipping Containers

 

Taking an object designed for one purpose and modifying it to create something totally different is a major trend. We hear a lot about repurposing these days, and we are repurposing everything from small craft items to large industrial buildings. Warehouse conversion, for example, has become a booming industry that breathes new life into relics from the past. On the smaller end of the scale, even things like bottle caps can be repurposed to make tiny tea lights. Continue reading…


What Materials Should Be Cushioned with Air Pillows?

When it comes to keeping items safe while in transit, traditional materials like packing peanuts and bubble wrap have largely been replaced by air pillows. If you’ve ever ordered anything from Amazon, you probably know exactly what we are talking about. The e-commerce giant was one of the first to embrace these air-filled plastic pouches, and several other companies have followed suit. Continue reading…


Aquaponics: Reusing Your Water Tote

Aquaponics is a practice that combines growing fish through aquaculture with growing plants hydroponically. Aquaponics tanks can be stocked with everything from guppies to catfish, and the water from the fish is reused to provide nutrients for plants. While there are several ways to set up this type of system, water totes are becoming an increasingly popular option. When properly cleaned, old water totes, also known as intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), can be used to create simple backyard aquaponics setups. Continue reading…


5 Versatile Uses of Vermiculite

Vermiculite is a type of naturally occurring mineral that expands into long, worm-like strands when heat is applied through a process called exfoliation. When in its expanded form, the material has a low density and thermal conductivity. This makes it useful as a lightweight aggregate in construction, a thermal insulation filler and a soil amendment. It also works extremely well as an absorbent and as cushioning in shipped packages. Continue reading…


How Will the New Steel Tariffs Affect the US Supply Chain?

 

In March, President Donald Trump made waves worldwide when he announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The new 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum were largely viewed as a snub against China, and the nation responded with its own new tariffs on certain agricultural products. Originally planned to be imposed on steel imported from around the world, the tariff was not applied to steel coming from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union until May. While most expert economists agree that these tariffs will protect thousands of jobs in the steel and aluminum industries, there are concerns regarding how they will impact the supply chain. Continue reading…


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…