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Choosing a Shipping Company

What company should ship your tradeshow booth? Could be a tough question and a difficult answer. But there are a few steps you can take to make it easier.

photo by Alain Gillet
photo by Alain Gillet

First, ask other exhibitors. Find out who they’ve used, what their experience has been and their thoughts about the cost. Then start a few months before your next show so you’ll have time for due diligence on the potential shipper.

Determine if the company handles a lot of tradeshow booths. If so, perhaps they’ve got a truck going to the same show, which could lead to some savings.

Some questions you might ask:

Can you track shipments online? How your shipments are kept secure? Have they worked with the venue before? Do they have any references?

To get an accurate quote, you’ll need a count of the pieces you’re shipping, along with dimensions and accurate weight estimates.

Finally, once you’ve found a good shipper, don’t be afraid to be open to other recommendations – keep your ears open. The industry shifts quickly and keeping your options open is always a good idea.

Check our July 2008 Newsletter for more on “Shipping Your Tradeshow Booth” – (243 KB).

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