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3 Tips For Taking Your Small Company’s Shipping International

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Thanks to the rising popularity of online shopping, you may find that opening your small company’s product sales to foreign countries can be a great way to boost your overall revenue. In order to ensure that selling goods and services internationally doesn’t become a source of stress for your small company, you need to take the time to create a cohesive shipping plan. Here are three tips that will help you avoid problems when shipping internationally in the future. 1. Limit your international offerings to a select group of products. Choosing the products that international customers will have access to is vital when it comes to creating a successful international shipping plan. While it may be feasible to ship large items domestically, these same large items can product insanely expensive shipping costs when sent to a foreign country. By limiting your international offerings to small, lightweight items, you will be able to easily package and send these items off to customers across the globe for a reasonable price. 2. Understand country-specific shipping regulations. It’s important that you take the time to become familiar with any special regulations that may affect the items you can ship into a foreign country. While an item might seem harmless enough, the destination country may have unique regulations that govern the import of this item. For example, Vietnam makes it illegal for citizens to receive foreign calendars for commercial purposes. A calendar may seem harmless to you, but shipping more than 100 calendars to Vietnamese customers could get you into some trouble. Be sure that you look up the specific regulations for each country, then determine which countries you can ship your unique products to with ease. 3. Consider using a fulfillment service. If you don’t want to worry about the hassle of preparing products for shipment to foreign customers, you may find it beneficial to partner with a fulfillment service that can complete this process on your behalf. All you have to do is send a supply of products to your fulfillment service, forward any orders to the service, and allow them to ship product directly from their warehouse. You will have to pay a small fee, but the benefit of having a third-party handle your international shipments makes partnering with a fulfillment service a worthwhile investment. Don’t be afraid to grow your small company by expanding your product availability to foreign markets. Just be sure that you are prepared to create a cohesive and effective international shipping plan that will eliminate the headaches associated with shipping to foreign...

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Moving 101: 3 Tips For Safely Relocating Your Aquarium

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Relocating an aquarium is often a huge challenge. Unlike moving personal belongings, you cannot simply throw the tank in a box and move it. Whether you are moving across the country or down the block, you must take precautions when moving your aquarium. If not done properly, you can wind up losing all of your fish—and that’s a huge investment. So how can you safely move your aquarium? Here are three tips: 1. Save The Tank Water One of the most effective ways to keep your fish healthy and happy is to save the water that is already in your tank. Since the current tank water is already adjusted for your fish, they are less likely to go into shock. Another huge benefit of saving the tank water is that your new set-up will take a lot less time to cycle and become healthy again. Although it might sound difficult, it is actually fairly easy to save the tank water. All you need to do is place it in a clean bucket and seal it closed. Just make sure you clean the tank and the water first, as you want the water to be in the best possible condition before moving. 2. Store Filters and Plants When moving, try to store all of your filters and plants in the tank water. Storing these items in the tank water will keep the bacteria colonies intact, which will help your tank tremendously. It will also ensure that your items do not dry out, die, or become damaged. To store filters, place them into a plastic bag with enough tank water to keep the filter submerged. For plants, store them in a plastic bag filled with just enough water to keep the roots wet. 3. Transporting Fish Depending on the length of your move, you may be able to take your fish with you. If the move is shorter, usually only a couple hours, you can easily transport the fish yourself. All you need to do is place the fish into a plastic bag with clean water. To ensure the fish stay safe, take these bags to a pet store and have them filled with oxygen. If you are moving a long distance, you probably don’t want to transport your fish yourself. In these instances, you might want to store them at a fish or pet store. Once you get to your destination, have the fish packed and shipped to you. Although not ideal, it will ensure your fish stay healthy and happy for the move. Just make sure you choose a pet or fish store that you trust. Moving with an aquarium is certainly a challenge. Fortunately, with the right precautions you can help keep your tank and your fish healthy and happy throughout the duration of the move. These tips, along with a moving service, can help ensure that you and your aquarium get to your destination...

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Have Some Very Large Items You Need To Ship? Three Shipping Container Transport Services You Could Try

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When you need to ship a piano, a vintage car, or large sculptures, one of the best ways to ship these items is inside a shipping container built for this exact purpose. Depending on where you need to ship your large items, there are a few services that can help. These containers allow you to ship your oversized items using one of the following services. Over Land There are two ways your shipping containers can move over land. You can load them onto the back of a semi trailer and have them transported across the country via the highways and freeways, but it is a slow-going option. Another over-land option is to send your items in their containers by rail. Many of the U.S.’s railroads are still heavily vested in shipping goods all over the place. If you have ever been stopped by the trains crossing through town, you may have seen these shipping containers stacked one- or two-high on a flatbed car. Regardless of the over-land method you choose, you can feel confident that your items are safe and securely attached to the flatbed trailers or cars on which they are transported. Over Sea Cargo freighters place several of these shipping containers in their cargo holds and transport goods this way all over the world. If you need to send your large items to another country, this is an ideal option. There is little interference with the shipping process while the boat is on the waters, and tracking the progress of the shipment can be done online when the shipper gives you a container code to enter. You can also insure your items heavily against damages. In the Air There are special planes that can hold and transport shipping containers. In addition to these specialty planes, helicopters can act as transport for shipping containers when used in conjunction with heavy duty cables and transport hooks. The cables are wound around the shipping container and then lifted up to latch onto a transport hook system underneath the helicopter. (Some planes may also be able to transport the shipping containers this way, but only if they have enough engines and thrust power to carry such large objects.) Air transportation of shipping containers with large, heavy contents may only be utilized for short distances or in cases where it may not be possible to transport the containers over land or over sea. For more information, contact a company like Slana...

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On Hiring Qualified Rigging Workers

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When it comes to completing any construction project, the importance of vigilant and qualified riggers is easily apparent. Riggers are responsible for creating the loads that are lifting into place by cranes on the job site, which means they can place the entire construction site at risk when they don’t do their job properly. Here are three things to ensure that any rigging workers you are considering hiring in the future know before allowing them to begin working on any major project. 1. Ground Conditions Not only must rigging workers concern themselves with how equipment and supplies are loaded for transport by a crane, but they must also carefully consider the ground conditions on which a crane is sitting in order to successfully do their job. Soft ground can create a problem when it comes to rigging heavy loads. If a crane is sitting on soft ground, your rigging workers must be able to adjust their load weights accordingly. Hiring a rigging worker that can spot potential dangers due to ground conditions, and suggest possible solutions (like the implementation of an outrigger pad), will help you keep your construction site safer in the future. 2. Load Capacity Cranes come in a variety of styles and sizes, and each crane has some variation when it comes to the maximum amount of weight that it can safely lift. If you want your construction site to remain as safe as possible, it’s important that you only hire rigging workers with the ability to accurately read a crane’s load chart. The load chart provides information on the appropriate dimensions and weight of a load for the specified crane, and can offer insight into the lift capacity of the crane. When your hired rigging workers can interpret the information supplied by the load chart and apply it to the assembly of each load they create, your crane operations become less dangerous. 3. Potential Hazards Preventing injury on construction sites is essential when it comes to keeping a project on schedule. Hiring rigging workers with the ability to identify potential hazards will create a safe work environment. Be sure that your rigging workers can spot sharp corners that may compromise the integrity of the hoist ropes, and identify kinked or knotted wire rope slings to eliminate safety hazards from your crane operation. Taking the time to identify some key points a rigging service worker should be well-versed on will help you hire only the most qualified workers in the...

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How To Make Your Company’s Physical Location Delivery-Friendly

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If you have a physical location for your company, you are likely going to be receiving packages regularly in order to make sure that you have all of the materials that you need to run your business. Because you are going to be relying heavily on delivery services, you need to be sure that you make your company’s physical location as friendly to deliveries as possible. Here are some ways that you can make your delivery-person’s job easier and ensure that you get what you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. 1. Include Delivery Instructions  Your first step is to think about delivering something to your own company from a delivery-person’s point of view. For example, if your company is in a large business park with a lot of buildings that are not clearly marked, you might want to think about how you best describe finding your building to someone who does not know the area. Including the number of turns you pass before you make your own turn or the specific location of signs can make the person who is making your delivery’s job easier. Also include information about the best door to go in, as well as where that door is located. Make sure that you have clear instructions about how to get into the building if there is a lock on the door and the delivery person has to be buzzed in. All of this will reduce confusion and get you package to you more quickly. 2. Add Signs If you need specific deliveries to go to certain places in a large building that you control, put up signs. Try to funnel all of the deliveries through a single door and then either take them at a single location to be dispersed later or put up signs to make sure that they are all delivered with relative speed. If you decide to have them dispersed by the delivery-people themselves, then you need to be sure that you have clear signs that say “deliveries for [this person], go to the third floor”, or whatever the relevant instruction is. This will allow you to make sure that you don’t have to waste a lot of time giving directions or having people get lost. 3. Schedule Deliveries for the Same Time Finally, consider trying to schedule all of your deliveries for a particular time and date. For example, try to have all of your deliveries come before noon on Monday in order to make sure that you have enough staff to cope with the deliveries and their dispersal, as well as to increase the chances that you will be able to give directions in clumps.  For more information, talk to a company that specializes in delivery services, such as Kidd Curry...

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Attributes To Possess If You Want To Drive For A Shipping Company

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If you enjoy being behind the wheel of a vehicle and are interested in a career change, it’s worthwhile to think about applying to be a driver for a shipping company. This fast-paced environment involves plenty of driving, but also requires you to have strengths in a wide range of other areas to help you succeed. This job revolves around delivering packages throughout the city in a timely manner throughout your shift. If you possess these following attributes, you might wish to think about giving this career a shot. Expert Navigation Having the ability to thoroughly know the city in which you live and be familiar with driving around it can be hugely beneficial in your new driving career. While drivers can always use mapping apps to ensure they get to the right location, doing so can take valuable time out of the day. If you know the city like the back of your hand and feel that you’d rarely have to consult a map, you’ve already got one strength that would help you succeed as a driver. Filing Skills Being a delivery driver is about more than just dropping off packages. You’ll also need to file a note electronically that indicates each package has been delivered. You should ideally have experience or skill in managing such types of filing tasks. Although this filing will be done electronically rather than with paper, it’s a vital part of the job because it shows the sender that his or her package has been successfully delivered, which instills the sender’s confidence in the delivery service and can help create repeat business. Adept At Communicating Although you’ll leave some packages at homes and businesses with little correspondence, many of your other deliveries will involve talking to the package recipient. This exchange will involve some small talk, so you should be someone with a friendly, outgoing personality. It will also involve discussing matters related to the package delivery and answering any questions the recipient might have. Physical Strength Being a delivery driver means that you’ll constantly be carrying heavy and oversized packages, climbing in and out of the truck and relying on some physical strength to get the job done correctly and safely. Each job description provides a different amount of weight that you need to be able to comfortably lift, so physical strength is a key attribute to deliver packages to your customers but also reduce the risk of injuring yourself. If you think you have the right personality and skill set, check into driver careers in your...

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Miss Feeding Your Grown Kids? Easy Steps To Ship Them A Home-Cooked Meal

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Sending your kids off to college can be an emotional time, especially if the move leaves you with an empty-nest. If you’re used to doing a lot of baking and cooking for your child, you may miss that once they leave home. If you want to surprise your kids with a care package full of homemade treats, you may be able to use a shipping service. It’s possible to package and ship perishable food items if you use the proper packing techniques. Here’s a simple guide to help you prepare your perishable food for shipping.  Contact Shipping Company Before you send off your care package, you’ll need to make sure that the foods you’re sending are safe for shipping. If you’re planning on shipping foods outside of the United States, you’ll need to confirm the requirements for the country you’re shipping to. Schedule the Shipment in Advance You don’t want your perishables to sit in a warehouse before being shipped. To ensure the best chance that your package arrives in good condition, schedule your shipment for earlier in the week. This is particularly important if you’re trying to ship foods that have been frozen. Pick the Right Containers Air tight containers – plastic containers with snap-tight lids or resealable plastic bags – are the best containers for shipping perishable foods. Not only with the air-tight containers protect your foods from spoiling, they will also protect against spills during shipping. Smaller containers work best, so divide your foods into several small containers instead of one large one. Prepare the Cooler Once you have your foods packed in their airtight containers, you’ll need to place them in a cooler for shipping. The cooler will ensure that your foods maintain a constant temperature during shipment. Supplies You’ll Need Insulated foam cooler Several pieces of cardboard Gloves 1-2 lbs of dry ice Packing tape Directions Place your containers inside the cooler. Place a thin layer of cardboard over the containers. Put your gloves on and place the packages of dry ice on top of the cardboard. Place another layer of cardboard over the dry ice. Close the cooler and seal it with your packing tape. Take the cooler to your local shipping company for shipment. Just because your kids have moved away to college doesn’t mean they have to miss out on homemade goodies. With special handling, you can ship perishable food items right to them. If you run into problems while packaging your gifts, your shipping company (such as Packaging Center Inc) will be able to help you with custom...

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