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…


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…


9 Ways Blockchain Will Affect the Shipping Industry

ways blockchain will affect shipping industry

 

Despite seemingly constant technological advancements impacting just about every industry imaginable, the shipping industry still relies heavily on traditional processes. In the modern world, many of these processes are downright archaic and fail to sufficiently meet the needs of the companies involved in the supply chain. Most shipping transactions numerous documents, including charter party agreements, sales contracts, bills of lading, letters of credit, port documents, etc. They pass through several hands as cargo makes its way from its point of origin to its final destination, and keeping track of all that paperwork can be quite difficult. The procedure is extremely time-consuming, and vessels commonly arrive at discharge ports prior to the arrival of certain important documents. Continue reading…


Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from Recent Brick-and-Mortar Bankruptcies

 

It seems like every day a new brick-and-mortar retailer is filing for bankruptcy every time you turn on the news. With once-popular brands like Toys “R” Us, The Bon Ton, Claire’s, Teavana and several others falling victim to difficult economic times and a surge in the popularity of online shopping, many small businesses fear becoming the next statistic in a never-ending stream of failed businesses. Continue reading…


Single vs. Double Wall Custom Boxes

Choosing the right boxes for packaging is vital. There are several options from which to choose, and the prices vary just as much as the features. While you may be inclined to choose the lowest priced option to reduce your shipping costs, doing so could result in products being damaged during transit. Using the wrong packaging materials could also lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration and wasted time.   Continue reading…


What Can Small Businesses Learn from the Amazon Giant?

 

Small businesses have much to learn from the most successful online retailer in the history of e-commerce, Amazon. Their success can be attributed to good decision-making in the most common functional areas of a business including sales, marketing, finance and accounting, customer service, human resources, research and development and distribution. However, it all starts with the customer. Continue reading…


Fulfillment Spotlight: Biodegradable Materials

Packing materials are prevalent in daily life. With the rise of online shipping, more and more people are receiving everything from electronics and toys to food and clothing via the mail or another package carrier. All those packages come with a lot of packing material which can dramatically reduce waste for the average American. In many instances, packing materials end up in landfills where they could take hundreds of years to decompose. By switching to biodegradable materials for your shipping and packing needs, you can reduce the amount of waste your company creates and reduce your impact on the environment. Biodegradable shipping materials have become increasingly common, and they are a popular alternative to less environmentally friendly options. Continue reading…