Apr 27 '14

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We get calls from new clients often stating how frustrated they are with freight arriving damaged.  We first discuss how the freight was moved (mode, handling, unload) and then ask the question of packaging.  Every company’s freight is different and requires unique packaging techniques. If you have been experiencing damages to material arriving at the final destination, here are some points to consider.

•    How did the receiver unload the freight?

•    Fork lift (tow motor), zoom boom, or crane?

•    How did the receiver request delivery?

•    Dry Van (Power Tailgate with Pallet Jack or dolly’s), Flat deck, HIAB/Picker truck?

•    How sensitive is the material? Does it require crating?

•    Skeleton crate or Full crate (with 4 way fork holes)

•    Does labeling clearly indicate handling instructions?

•    Non Stackable, Top load only or

Here are some handy tips. Never ever have anything hanging over the edges of the skid dimensions. Using a stacking cone will visibly tell a dock loader that nothing is to be placed on top of the skid.

Label each side of the skid with bright label notifications.


With long freight, it is recommended using a flatdeck for ease of side loading/unloading. Use heat shrink wrap to avoid weather damage with oversize freight that is unable to be crated.


For important freight, take a picture before it leaves, showing all the labeling and preventative steps taken to avoid damages.Here is another great example of crating to prevent damages, from a classic movie.

We want your material to arrive safe and unharmed… even if it comes from Italy and is “Fra-gee-lay”.

Cheers, Team Quantum

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