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Good companies

For the sake of honesty and fairness, I do want to say that I do not always have bad experienced with suppliers or delivery companies when I order supplies. While this blog has mostly been moaning or targeting companies that have been doing a bad job, there have been a few companies in Manchester and London that have been doing a really good job. They already know that the brown packaging that many companies use is inefficient and ineffective for the transport of large cargo, and instead use a variety of other materials to help.

A lot of the companies that I use right now use alternative packing supplies. One of the ways that they are now packaging long cargo is using things like old polyester and massive amounts of bubble wrap to transport the supplies instead. This doesn’t always protect completely from damages and little scratches, but it does a lot to make sure nothing comes back broken or smashed.

Another piece of material that some companies I have seen use are the materials that are in bed mattresses. I’m not entirely sure what it’s called because I’m pretty sure it’s just cottons or string or something, and obviously it doesn’t include the springs. But the materials within the mattresses themselves are useful and from what I have seen, effective when it comes to transporting large goods.

Another piece of material other companies have been using to ensure proper transportation is wooden packing supplies. These supplies are smart and work as wooden side slots with padding on the outer side to ensure that when the wood bounces against each other, they do not damage the packing supplies itself. It’s also working well because it ensures that there isn’t much space between the actual supplies and materials themselves. I love this idea and I believe it is relatively inexpensive to purchase in bulk too.

Unprofessionals

It’s annoying as a business owner to be angry or annoyed at other business owners since we are supposed to be professional, but at times it’s difficult not to be. I feel like with my own carpenter London business, I am the utmost professional and responsible when it comes to business and my customers. When I feel like other companies, especially companies that I work with lack that same work ethic that I have, it doesn’t always upset me or even annoy me, but I still can’t find it within myself to let it go. Especially when companies that I am working with make mistakes with me while working together.  Since this blog has always been about packaging companies and their failure to always properly package my supplies together after ordering, I’m pretty sure you could guess who I am talking about!

It is frustrating when you work with companies that refuse to do their job correctly. Many people think that it is about not doing their job to my satisfaction, and it is in a way. By that, I mean that it would be entirely satisfactory to me if they decide to do their jobs to the absolute bare minimum they need to. I think that making sure peoples ordered supplies are not smashed together is a good way to do your job, and I don’t think it’s rude or warrants special attention to call out such behaviour. If you were to order a drone or a TV from amazon and it came to you smashed up and damaged, would you really be happy about that? Because I know that if I had ordered any items and it came damaged, I would blow a fucking gasket. Yet I have to deal with this every day when it comes to my business, making it that much more stressful.

Lost items

One of the largest issues with bad packaging apart from the easy damages that can be occurred during transport is how easy it is for items to be lost during transport. Since the items that are packaged by brown paper packaging is generally quite loose, some of the smaller materials or items that you order can just fall under more important equipment or even out of the packing completely, making it impossible to tell if you haven’t been given something because it is still in the truck, or if it has fallen into larger materials. This makes the whole process of inventory once a large shipment has been delivered even more important, especially if you are ordering to be conservative rather than ordering as many pieces as you can.

When you order large amounts of screws or bolts with a shipment of scaffolding or even power tools, you wouldn’t believe how easy it is for the little things to just unravel and fall out of the packaging that it came in. It also makes it really annoying for people like us to then search out said pieces of the shipment that it had arrived in. I know this seems like a small annoyance to some, but when you are ordering 120 separate screws in different sizes and just one is lost, that means we must waste hours in the day to find the same said screw or purchase another again.

I am aware that many of the people that package these items are not necessarily aware of the flaws that exist within packaging supplies and orders that way. I do understand that they do not intentionally package orders to be inefficient on purpose. But it does cause issues for people who are ordering said items, because we are the ones who must deal with the inefficiencies.