Transporting and delivering technology products can be a stressful job, especially if you don’t have the right tools for the task at hand. The products can be all different shapes and sizes, and are often fragile and expensive to replace if anything should happen along the way. Though appropriate packaging should do its part in protecting the original state of the technology products being delivered, choosing the right vehicle can also help with getting everything from point A to point B without any damages.
These are some of the options to look into if you often transport or deliver technology:
Many big-box tech stores have a fleet of vans ready to pick-up, drop-off, or deliver various kinds and sizes of technology, from TVs, small audio devices, to massive speaker systems. Vans are great as they are relatively spacious however allow for packing a full vehicle without having to wait for a lot of cargo. A lot of empty space means a lot of room for things to move around, so really the tighter the fit, the better. The great thing about vans is that they are also easier to maneuver than a tractor trailer, meaning no need to get special certifications or look for immense parking space. A good option for smaller door-to-door deliveries
A Pick-up Truck + Body
Your automatic reflex to flinch at the thought of transporting expensive technology in the flat-bed of a pick-up truck is right. Though you might be able to tie things down more easily than in a van, you are otherwise exposing the items to the elements and compromising its security. However, coupled with a body, you might find that it’s an even better alternative to a van. Search for fiberglass truck bodies that offer reliable insulation, superior durability, and more effective loading capacity. This can be important for products that are sensitive to heat or cold, or are difficult to load or unload thanks to their awkward shape or size. Truck bodies are also easily customizable, so you can install things that help with transport, whether they are permanent bins for small items, or secured shelves for boxes. The body can also be taken off and put on a different vehicle if that one needs to be replaced or requires servicing.
Depending on how much driving you are doing and how big/how many items you are delivering at a time, you might get away with just using a regular car. Since the space is smaller, you can better secure your smaller items without a lot of sliding going on, and it will be comfortable for you to maneuver in the city and when driving longer distances. It’s also a versatile vehicle that you can use in a personal or professional capacity without issues with parking or accessing tighter urban spaces.
A Tractor Trailer
If you are handling extremely large deliveries, you might want to consider either renting trucking services or offering them in-house. Instead of dividing orders between a fleet of vans, you can complete the entire order at once. However, this method can be quite expensive and lacks versatility. You will need a driver with a special driver’s license to complete the deliveries and by increasing the size of the trailer, you expose yourself to greater damages if there were to be an accident in either the loading, unloading, or driving process.
Technology is a special kind of cargo and requires special considerations when being transported or delivered due to the value of the products and their various shapes and sizes. Which option speaks to you and your needs?