I`m having a very difficult time with shipping and packaging. I`m selling furniture units on line... some are oversized like the desks 30x80, then I have one unit that is 47.5x14x5.75, so I can`t go to uline and get a stock box for these units. We`ve finally decided to try and make our own crates... it`s more labor intensvie, but it`s cheaper then having to have a diecut made for each box and then having to purchase 100 of each box... It was going to cost me about $25000 for one diecut and each box was $30 each if I purchased in lots of 50... That`s one size box! The thought of spending close to $100,000 for boxes when it took $4000 to start my business is mind boggling to me! If anyone has any suggestions or companies I can check into, please share...
Then there`s shipping. I just shipped my 1st set of desks. The box company that quoted me those outrageous prices gave me sample boxes that were made to fit my desks. My customer rec`d one of her desks today and and 2 of her corners were damaged slightly. She said the box was not in bad shape, so it had to be the way fed ex handled it. But I can`t do anything with fed ex, (the box is ok) We packed it with 1/2" styro foam all they way around and put peanut (foam) all around. I thought that would be plenty... but they had to have really been rough with the handling of the unit to damage it like that! ANY suggestions on packaging?
I really look forward to hearing suggestions...
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