Here are some quick trade show shipping tips on what exhibitors can do to make everything go as smoothly as possible:
1) Know your Products
You know your product and booth material better than anyone, please decide if it is better for you as an exhibitor to ship to the advanced warehouse or direct to show site.
2) Choose an experienced Trade Show carrier
If you are interviewing a new carrier and they do not know the cut-off date for the advanced warehouse and or the targeted move-in dates for your event that might be a sign, this is the wrong carrier for you.
3) Be consistent in your bidding
If you are bidding your shipment out, please be consistent in giving the same information to each carrier. For example, the number of pieces, approximate actual weight, and the approximate dimensions. Ask about on-site management.
Please check with the carrier if they will have someone on-site to manage your shipment for you, this is more common on larger shows like CES, PACK Expo, NAB, etc.
4) Know carrier policies
Check to see what the carrier has planned for the outbound and what their policy is on wait time and the fees involved for the truck to collect your shipment
5) Getting confirmation or POD
Find out what the carrier does for POD or proof of delivery? Do you have to log into a system to check the status yourself? Or will the carrier like ML International send you email confirmations and or a text message that your shipment has been collected and delivered giving the name and time of the person who signed for it.
ML International has been coordinating shipments worldwide for its customers since 2005, and we look forward to earning your business.