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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Preparing your Small Package and Freight Shipments

Whether you’re sending the smallest packages or the largest freight shipments, proper shipping preparation can help ensure the success of your shipment. Here are a few tips on how to get ready to ship both small packages and freight shipments.

Small Package
Believe it or not, the type of box you use is a very important choice. While reusing a box may seem like a good money-saving idea, a box that has been used multiple times before isn’t as structurally sound as an unused box, and your shipment could be damaged more easily.
When packing your box, be sure to provide proper cushioning for the items inside the box. Different items require different types of cushioning material, depending on the size, shape and weight of the item.

Seal your package tightly with high-quality tape, and label your package effectively. Put all of the usual items on your label (recipient’s name, address, zip code, etc.), and if you’re sending the package to a P.O. Box, include the recipient’s phone number. Remember to cross out or remove any old labels or other items that could distract from the new label.

Similarly, preparing your palletized freight shipment also requires proper planning. When selecting your pallet, UPS Freight recommends choosing pallets that are sturdy, have closely spaced boards, and have four-way forklift entry.
If you are stacking multiple pieces on one pallet, be sure that all items are aligned in columns, and that nothing hangs over the edge of the pallet. Secure your items to the pallet by using strapping or banding, and then cover with multiple layers of stretch wrap. Affix the label (with recipient’s name, address, zip code, etc.) to each pallet.
Here’s a bonus tip: Enroll in the PMA/UPS Savings Program, a member benefit program that gives you exclusive discounts on a wide range of UPS and UPS Freight services. Enroll online, or reach out to the UPS Freight Associations Team at 866.443.9303 or for more information!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Celebration of Modern Manufacturing

On Friday, October 2, manufacturers across the country will open their doors to students, parents, educators, job seekers and other members of their local communities for tours and information sessions in celebration of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day).

PMA and MetalForming magazine are proud sponsors of this event and encourage members to host an event at their facilities.

Held annually, MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing and is meant to encourage today’s youth to consider a career in this profoundly important industry. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of manufacturing to the American economy and to create a future pipeline of skilled workers.

“PMA is pleased to support Manufacturing Day,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.  “Our members look forward to sharing their passion for manufacturing with their communities, showing off their high-tech facilities to the next generation of Americans who will ensure that our sector continues to drive the economy and innovation in this country.  This is a great opportunity to counteract the outdated stereotypes that often plague our industry by raising awareness about the rewarding careers that are available in manufacturing.”

“With U.S. manufacturers struggling to find qualified employees, compounded by the problem of millions of manufacturing workers expected to retire in the next decade, Manufacturing Day is a critical avenue to showcase the industry and inspire people to obtain the skills needed for careers in manufacturing,” Gaskin concluded.

For more information on how to get involved, visit

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