We’ve all been there, eagerly waiting with bated breath for a special shipment to arrive only when it shows up it looks like it was hit by a freight train. Of course, this was the one that was needed to complete the job that is already behind schedule and now you need to make the dreaded phone call to the client informing them of another delay.  I’ve made phone calls like that and they are not fun to deal with. When it comes to shipping glass, “Handle with Care” needs to be taken to a new level.

How JIT Packages your Products

At JIT Companies, we leave nothing to chance when it comes to high-value or critical items that depend on arriving safely. When it comes to shipping, we realize that one size does not fit all when boxing or crating finished product. Because of the many types of material (and especially glass) that we ship daily, we look at each one individually to determine the best packaging process to use. The forms of packaging that JIT Companies uses includes vacuum sealing, Instapak foam, double boxing with peanuts, shockwave foam, and custom built crates with “No Stack” cones, to name just a few. All palletized crates are cross braced/banded and also include “Tip-n-Tell” and “G-force” indicators to let you know if the package was mishandled during transit.

Forms of Packaging that we Use:shipping damage crate box

  • Vacuum sealing
  • Instapak foam
  • Double boxing with peanuts
  • Shockwave foam
  • Palletized crates that are cross braced/branded  with “Tip-n-Tell” and “G-force” indicator
  • Custom built crates with “No Stack” cones
  • and more…

How your Products get Transported

How your product gets transported is equally important, especially when shipping glass. We only use a few select carriers that have an excellent track record for safe shipping. On critical shipments we may request “load to ride” which means once the material is loaded it never is removed from the trailer until it reaches its destination (this keeps the careless forklift operators out of the equation for the most part). Our “Hot Shot” driver can also be used for time sensitive loads ensuring safe delivery. Someone once told me, “If you think you have made it idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot”.  We often look at our shipments that way. We realize that you can’t make everything bullet proof but if somewhere along the line if it is going to be damaged, we at JIT are at least going to make them work hard to do it. Here’s a quick tip for when it does happen: Always sign for boxed or crated products “Subject to Further Inspection” in case you see evidence of exterior damage to the shipment or if you cannot inspect the contents right away.  Never throw away any of the packaging, take lots of pictures and contact your shipper right away to determine a course of action.

Tip: Always sign for boxed or crated products “Subject to Further Inspection” in case you see evidence of exterior damage to the shipment or if you cannot inspect the contents right away.  Never throw away any of the packaging, take lots of pictures and contact your shipper right away to determine a course of action.

Shipping Glass and Other Products

We pay close attention to how we protect our products with packaging, and how to minimize damage from the carrier. Take a look at the photos below for some actual examples of the packaging of products from JIT Companies, including double boxed, vacuum packaging, No Stack cones, Tip n Tell Indicators, shock wave foam, and more.  We also provide an example of damaged packaging and how to protect yourself until you know if the contents inside are damaged or not.

JIT Companies - Double boxed with peanuts for ground shipment

JIT uses double boxed with peanuts for ground shipment.

JIT Companies - Individual Vacuum Package

Some products are a good fit for individual vacuum package.

JIT Companies protects package from shipping damage with No Stack cones

JIT Companies protects package from shipping damage with “No Stack” cones.

JIT Companies Crate Banded and Cross Braced with Tip n Tell indicator.

This shipment is crate banded and cross braced with “Tip n Tell” indicator.

JIT Companies Glass Signage with Shock Wave Foam - shipping glass

This glass signage is secured with shock wave foam.

JIT Companies packages tiles in vacuum packaging.

JIT Companies can use vacuum packaging for tile and other products.

JIT Companies - Document packaging damage

This would be an example of what a possible damaged crate could look like. You can’t really tell if the product inside is damaged but the package is clearly damaged.  Don’t throw away the packaging until you’re sure. Always sign for boxed or crated products “Subject to Further Inspection” in case you see evidence of exterior damage to the shipment or if you cannot inspect the contents right away.

We take pride in everything we do at JIT Companies and this includes providing safe and sound shipments to you. When you work with JIT Companies, you are getting quality from concept to creation, plus hassle-free shipping and delivery.  If you want to learn more about JIT Companies’ transportation and shipping options, please contact us at (507) 326-5240 or contact us here. You’ll be glad you did.