Shipping without Insurance: Scary Idea or Shocking Savings?

By its very definition, insurance provides protection. And protection provides peace of mind. Yet, many forgo shipping insurance. Is this a good idea or a smart move? Our experts weigh in…

In just a few days, ghosts and goblins will be at your door. And it’s no secret what they’ll be asking for. We hope you’re able to find a big discount and stock up on those goodies galore.

Speaking of deals, who doesn’t like saving money? Extra dollars in your pocket are certainly a treat. But, when it comes to shipping and handling, spending less can be tricky. Of course, the goal of every shipment is to transport products safely for arrival in original condition. Buying insurance helps safeguards against damage in transit. But it comes at a price. By following these steps, it may be possible to save or, in some cases, skip coverage.

  1. First, you need to make sure you have the right pallet or crate. Your unit load is unique. It needs the right foundation to ensure stability in transit. Choose a pallet design and material that can support it; for example, if your load is heavy, block-style wood pallets are capable of carrying loads up to 4,600 lbs. On the other hand, if you have a fragile load, a crate may be the best option.
  2. Second, you need to make sure you have the proper number of straps, air bags, stretch film or other protective materials to prevent your shipment from jostling around or sliding during its journey from here to there.
  3. Third, you need to make sure protective material is applied correctly to include the right amount of tension, padding, or support needed. Too often we hear about product damage in transit due to loosely applied shrink wrap or poorly secured loads.

If you have all three components in place, you may not need extra insurance. Consult with your pallet provider or a unit load specialist for more information. You might be shocked by the savings!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween from all of us at Rose Pallet!

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