Originally Posted by MrBobb
And u think the forward freighters, the people who ship from the factory to the warehouses handle it with white gloves?
I used to work for one of those freight forwarding companies. It warehoused and shipped product for companies such as Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba etc. They warehoused and shipped all manner of electronics from DVD players to big screen RPTV's.
When we shipped from our warehouse to the retailers, we would stuff a 50' trailer with as much product as could possibly fit in there. And not neatly, oh no. Pallets were forklifted into the trailer to a certain point, then other pallets were broken down and individual boxes thrown...yes, thrown
on top of the initial pallets. Then once no more pallets could be put into the trailer, individual boxes were shoved into the trailer, with no protection until there simply wan't room to fit any more. This was a daily occurrence, with an average of about 10 shipments a day meaning while I worked there, tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands
of boxes of product were treated in this manner.
I have seen entire pallets of DVD players, VHS players, CD players dropped, fall over with 72 boxes scattered across the floor, falling from heights as tall as 12 feet...only to have the foreman tell the guys to re-stack the boxes, shrinkwrap them anew and ship them out.
I have seen stacks of big screen tv's knocked over and shipped out anyway because we couldn't hear the sound of glass when we moved the box around.
I'm not exaggerating one iota. And this is only one freight forwarding company out of many that do this sort of thing daily.
And it's not a matter of ordering something from online. Your product ships several times, regardless of whether you order it or get it from the store. The product gets manufactured, then gets shipped to a storage warehouse. Then the product gets ordered and either shipped to a freight forwarder, or to a local temporary storage/warehouse. Then it gets shipped again to get to either the shipping company (FEDEX, UPS, USPS) or to the retailer. The only difference in ordering from online, is that it adds 1 more trip to an already harrowing travel experience.
It's a freaking miracle anything that gets shipped works. Believe me on that one.