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What is Less than Truckload Shipping (LTL)?

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LTL is a type of ground freight transportation that combines shipments from multiple customers. Businesses choose this budget-friendly option when the consumer demand for their products is average or stable.

Less than truckload shipping is definitely more affordable for small companies because you share the transportation costs with other companies.  Basically, each company takes up a portion of the truck for their goods and only pays according to the amount of product shipped and the length of travel.

The only downside is LTL shipments generally take longer because they make several stops and unpack and repack goods before the truck reaches the destination. However, this also means you’ll save on shipping costs.

Advantages of LTL:

  • Cost effective freight transportation
  • Ideal for small businesses

What is Full Truckload Shipping (FTL)?

Full truckload can mean 2 things: either you have enough products to fill a full truckload or you have a partial load but you prefer a dedicated truck.

Full truckload is often chosen when businesses have 10 pallets or more to ship, they have high risk packages, or time is an issue (FTL is faster). Full truckload costs more than LTL, but it will get your shipment delivered faster.

Advantages of FTL:

  • Best way to transport large shipments
  • Ideal for high risk or delicate freight shipments
  • Shipment remains in the same truck from point A to destination
  • Considerably faster than LTL; great for high consumer demand

If you want more information on shipping your gear, feel free to reach out to me at len@gearsource.com.

len

 

Len Brooks

Operations Manager

GearSource.com®


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Lean thinking in the business environment!

Screen Shot 2017-10-24 at 4.20.08 PMTaking a tour of a facility with a business owner can be an eye opening experience. I have had the opportunity to  visit many rental companies and production equipment resellers across the United States and Canada and it quickly becomes apparent which businesses make money and which ones do not.

Overwhelmingly, one theme continues to emerge from successful business’, that it what I call “Lean thinking or a Lean business model” in which the owner and management set a very tight and narrow goal and push towards that goal.

This type of goal setting permeates every aspect of their business from workplace cleanliness to the QC process, to inventory management and ultimately the sale.

I recently visited a large led screen rental house and was blown away by their QC process….since they rent so much gear, they have a designated area for checking in gear and they used rolling carts that can be moved to the gear, inventory gets logged and then gets moved to another area.   

Every area of the warehouse was color coded and the legend of that color coding was posted all over the warehouse.  Anyone walking through the warehouse could easily see where everything was and how they were progressing.

Each screen QC area was completely set up to service screens.  All cables were run through a cable checker and then stored back in crates; screen was fully rigged and tested for defects; at the end of the day each tech tool had a number associated to that QC station and was put back in place by the end of the day.

This is only one story of many that I have seen but it again speaks to the common thread of not deviating from your business model and chasing unprofitable rabbits.

Henry

 

Henry Kones

VP of Business Development.


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Who to buy your production gear from and why…

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 10.47.59 PMWhy do you buy used gear? Is it to add to your existing inventory of rental items, to increase your production capabilities or to install at your location?

Many of you are repeat customers and have bought from GearSource® many times. Others of you are new customers to the used gear market, a market that is ever changing and has a number of companies that you can buy from. You can also buy from individuals on various forums, and on eBay.

So…. where should you make your purchase and why?  Buying from a company like GearSource will give you peace of mind on a couple of fronts.

  1. Think of the last new item you purchased. It came with a warranty. At GearSource.com® we offer a minimum of a 48 hour warranty on all items (some of our vendors offer more) so that you can receive the item and test it to make sure it works. If it doesn’t work, we work with the vendor to resolve the issue.
  2. GearSource handles all shipping. We have a logistics department that works with many shipping companies to offer you great rates on your shipment and GearSource® offers insurance on these shipments to ensure your investment doesn’t become a loss due to shipping damage.

Ask yourself if these other companies or individuals offer this same sense of assurance before making your investment in used gear. No matter what you are buying, how large the order, or the reason for your purchase, you should do your due-diligence on the seller you are doing business with. As a full service, global re-seller of used gear for the past 15 years, GearSource® has your back. Do the rest?

Steve Slack

Steve Smith

Sale Representative at GearSource.com®.


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Why shop on GearSource.com®?

ShopDo you ask yourself, “why shop on GearSource.com®?”

Well, if you’re requiring a console, some monitors and a few subs of any specific brand, the likelihood of you finding them all on one website that “caters to only one vendor” is probably very unlikely. However, at Gearsource®, because we have thousands of vendors from all over the world, we can put together exactly the configuration you are looking for, from any brands.

GearSource® is always looking for new vendors, adding products and sourcing anything you may need for your production. Plus, we have sales people eager to help you acquire exactly what you are looking for, within your timeline and your budget…so call or email us anytime.

GearSource® is a trusted resource for great deals on just the right product. If you need gear in a hurry, we try to find it domestically in order to get it to you fast. However, we also work closely with our partners in Europe and Asia and, if need be, can have that “specific” item shipped directly to you anywhere in the world. Servicing our existing clients and vendors and working with new users who come to our site daily is what we do – it’s fun and it’s rewarding to help. So click, call or email us, we want to hear from you today. Put our years of experience to work for you!
GearSource.com® is your one stop shop! Contact us today.

Rob

Rob Brown

Sales Representative

GearSource®


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Do you know how to pack your gear before shipping?

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Many vendors have asked the question…”how should I pack my gear for shipping”?   

Here are the 7 best practices to prepare your freight for transport.

1. It’s better to pack multiple items in individual small boxes – it protects them from damage during transport:

  • Make sure the boxes are full, with no air in them. Air causes items to get crushed and damaged inside the box during shipping. You can cut the box corners to adjust the size.
  • Use packing materials like packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
  • When taping your boxes shut, more is better, otherwise your boxes could open in the middle of shipment or could tear along the edges.

2. Stack boxes together, carefully, and evenly:

  • Staggered by size or aligned boxes is preferred.
  • Always, put heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter boxes at the top.
  • Make sure boxes aren’t overhanging or misaligned on the pallet. The pallet should act as a bumper otherwise boxes may move and be damaged.

3. Distribute weight evenly when possible, both inside each box and in terms of the placement of boxes on the pallet. You don’t want all the heavy boxes on one side of a pallet because it makes the whole pallet less stable.

4. Placing flat, empty cardboard every couple of rows, helps to stabilize loose boxes.

5. Before wrapping, put cardboard corner beads around the pallet to strengthen the whole pallet once wrapped.

6. Shrink wrapping:

  • Don’t be shy with the shrink wrap: wrap 3 or more times (once or twice isn’t strong enough).
  • Use quality shrink wrap – can be purchased from most hardware and/or shipping companies
  • Wrap only the top part of the pallet but not all of it – the pallet needs to be accessible to a forklift but you don’t want the pallet to separate from the boxes when the forklift tilts.
  • As you wrap your boxes, twist the wrap for more strength.

7. To make your shipment even more secure, after shrink wrapping, strap it from top to bottom to the pallet with nylon strapping.

If you have any questions about getting your shipments properly packaged before shipment feel free to reach out to me at (866)669-GEAR.
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Regards, 

Len Brooks

Shipping and Operations Manager

 

 


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How much do you know about Air Freight VS Ocean Freight Shipping?

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 10.49.24 AM.pngAir freight and ocean freight shipping are the two commonly used methods of transporting goods globally. But the question is, which is the most suitable for your shipment?  

The three key factors you should consider are generally price, transit time and reliability.  Like many other choices in business choosing between Ocean Freight or Air Freight requires some level of expertise to understand how these three factors could impact your cost and future business.

Please keep in mind each of these have a different set of rules, regulations and best practices:

Price: Price is a crucial factor in any business, however, in shipping it can be complicated. Shipping your items by air is more expensive than ocean freight. Expect to pay roughly 4 times more to ship by air versus ocean transportation. With both air and ocean, costs are directly related to the cargo weight, dimensions, value, and distance being shipped. Generally, larger and heavier shipments are cheaper to ship by ocean, while smaller more valuable shipments are better to ship by air. Understanding how the price is calculated can make a difference in your choice of ocean freight over air freight.

Transit Time: There is no doubt shipping by air is much faster than by ocean. Air shipments on average can take up to 2-4 days, while shipping by ocean can take a few months to deliver.  Fortunately, with advances in technology and more efficient routes, ocean shipping is getting faster and some ocean shipments are arriving in as little as 10 days.  

Reliability: Reliability is important and vital to success in any business. Though Air freight is more convenient and faster, it is not immune to effects of weather and other circumstances. Even with such obstacles, air freight is more in-tune to schedules and offers flights back and forth between major cities around the world. Ocean freight, on the other hand, moves on a weekly schedule and it is crucial that your shipment makes the cut-off time, otherwise, it will be held until next scheduled sailing, which can add additional port fees. There is also the possibility of weather conditions and goods being damaged due to the wait at the ports of transfer. Lastly, Ocean freight may not always line up with business expectations.

If you have question about shipping options with GearSource.com® contact us at “sales@gearsource.com”.

cyn

Cynthia Viteri

Sales Representative


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Hurricane Irma and GearSource®.

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 8.15.39 PMAs you know, GearSource® is based in South Florida…Wellington to be exact…and although Irma’s impact was disruptive, it was not nearly as bad as originally predicted or as bad as the south and west side of Florida endured.

On Thursday the 7th of September, all the staff pitched in and put up the hurricane shutters to protect the office. Since all reports indicated the storm was well on its way to Florida and potentially catastrophic, by orders of the Boss, we closed up shop until further notice so everyone could prepare their own homes and shop for the necessities water and food that you can keep without the need for electricity.

Being my first Hurricane, I was the rookie from the office but I got a sense of what to do quickly as everybody was more than willing to help me with the preparations. One of our sales guys sent a preparedness list to help in knowing what to do during the storm. If you went out early enough on Friday the lines for food or gas were not that bad but as Friday evening came along the lines were long and it was common for fuel and water to be unavailable. If you were lucky to shop at a place that had deliveries on the way, you could wait for delivery trucks to come. My wife and I were able to secure a full tank of gas and enough water to sustain us if we were shut in for days so we stayed at home and waited… and watched the news as the hurricane got closer to us.

As the Hurricane reached us, it was really a slow build but became very constant. A friend of mine had a weather reader that had a gust of wind come by his house that read over 103 miles an hour… after that the meter broke. Luckily our Company is spread out… besides our Florida group, one of our owners and our our listings manager are in Canada, accounting is in Las Vegas, Marketing is in Atlanta and the Sales Team are spread around so the business was not all impacted by the storm or its effects at the same time, if at all. Everybody at GearSource® pitched in – especially if they were in locations unaffected – to help with customer inquiries and questions so as not to let any of our valued customers or vendors down.

The storm was fierce and quite scary, especially when you lose all communications – I was personally without power for 36 hours and no cell service for most of that time and our Lead Developer was without power and only had sporadic communications for 4 days – but we all made it through unharmed. Power is still flakey at some of our homes and others don’t have Internet but we are almost back to full speed.

The storm impacted Georgia and seems to have touched a lot of us in the east. As of today things like restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations are slowly opening back up around us but the west coast and the Keys were seriously impacted and may not have power for weeks.

The team came back to work Tuesday morning, removed the storm shutters and checked that we had power and Internet. We were pleased that everything booted up. We had backup plans even if the the situation required us to move but fortunately for us, it didn’t.

We appreciate all our Vendors and Customers for being patient with us as the storm rolled through but we’re here and ready to do what we can for all our clients now. Our thoughts and prayers are with those on the West Coast, in the Keys and across the Caribbean who were dealt the biggest punch and have potentially lost everything. This is when humanity shows its true colors – people stepping up to help in any way they can.

Rob

Robert Brown

Sales Representative

rob@gearsource.com