The History of the Shipping Drum

The shipping drum has been ubiquitous in the word of import export, the transfer of goods, and even winemaking. For thousands of years, the drum was known as the king of packages because of its wonderful design, its sturdiness, and its ease of travel. Continue reading…

DIY Shipping Container Projects Around the Home

You may not think much of your typical shipping container—it’s just a big metal box, right? While many of us see this basic item only for its original purpose, many people see it as the beginning of a great project.

Shipping containers are sturdy, well-built, and extremely reliable, making them a natural resource for anyone with a home improvement project they’re excited to try. If you have the urge to do some creative work with a basic, big metal box, these unique projects will inspire you to get going. Continue reading…

5 Ways to Make Your Shipping Efforts More Efficient


Warehouse worker sealing cardboard boxes for shipping in a large warehouse

Shipping is essential to any business, yet it can be one of the most complicated aspects of day-to-day operations. There isn’t a “one size fits all” plan for establishing the best shipping solution for your business. Whether you ship a few items or hundreds a month, following a few simple tips can help your business’s shipping efforts become more efficient. Continue reading…

What Is a Gaylord Box?

Have you heard the term Gaylord box and thought, “What in the world is that”? Don’t worry! You’re not alone. The term Gaylord box is commonly used in the shipping industry and has evolved over the years from being just one type of box to being a term that encompasses a range of box products.

Simply put, a Gaylord box is basically a bulk-size corrugated box. Traditionally, Gaylord boxes are large or bulk size and allow for the shipment of products in a large, single container or on a pallet. Continue reading…

Popular IBC Tote Dimensions

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Storage and shipping can often present a large cost to any company. Luckily, there are numerous options on the market today that can safely and securely store precious cargo and can also provide a cost-saving shipping option.

Where convenience is currency, it is essential to have an item that is versatile, functional, and secure. The IBC tote is just one of these items, providing companies with safe and secure storage while making it easy to move from one point to another.

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Most Common Shipping Pallet Measurements

Multiple isolated wooden pallets

The pallet may seem like a simple, inconspicuous object, but, since its introduction in the twentieth century, the pallet revolutionized the way goods were shipped. The use of pallets has dramatically supplanted older forms of crating, like the wooden box and the wooden barrel, as it works well with modern packaging like cardboard boxes, corrugated boxes, and intermodal containers, commonly used for bulk shipping.

For an invisible object, they are everywhere: There are said to be billions circulating through the global supply chain, with two billion in the United States alone. Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. So widespread is their use that they account for, according to one estimate, more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production.

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How Vermiculite Is Used for Commercial Shipping

Vermiculite, a versatile hydrous phyllosilicate mineral

You may have heard the term vermiculite, but were you aware of its numerous uses and benefits? This common mineral has been used for years, in many industries, including construction, industrial, horticulture, and agriculture. In the commercial shipping industry, vermiculite is used as a packing material due to its light weight and absorbent proprieties. It is very versatile and offers many benefits to those looking to ship liquid, hazardous materials, and odd-shaped items.

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How Many Gallons Are in a Tote?

The tote has grown in popularity over the years, and it is easy to see why. Durable, easy to handle, and with a large volume capacity, totes have become the go-to solution for storing and shipping a variety of items.

In the world of international shipping, a tote usually refers to an Intermediate Bulk Container or IBC for short. These cleverly designed containers are built for the transport and storage of bulk liquid and granulated substances, such as liquids, chemicals, food ingredients, solvents, pharmaceuticals, etc. The size and shape of IBCs provide companies with a cost-effective solution to store and transport items, as IBCs take up less space than other items, such as drums. Continue reading…

Should You Use Peanuts for Dangerous Materials?

When shipping dangerous materials by air or sea, it’s important to make sure the product is packaged properly. Improper packaging can cause leaking, which can pose a health concern. That’s why government agencies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have guidelines in place to protect not only the people who handle the product but the actual product as well. It’s imperative that the product arrives at its intended destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. Continue reading…