Reading, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 20, 2009 -- Specialist Packaging, Shipping and Logistics Company - Pack & Send â took an apparently simple order to transport a model London Trolley Bus to Spain this week. The fact that the fragile antique model was one of only five of its kind left in the world and was over 1.5m in length may have deterred some companies, but for recently opened Pack & Send in Reading, jobs like this are fast becoming just another âday at the officeâ...
Pack & Send is the new packaging and shipping company which launched their unique collection, packing and freight management service in the UK in January, and whilst the store in Reading is just the first of many planned for the UK, the business has already seen some interesting items pass through their packing bays.
This week, Pack & Send were asked to collect, pack and ship an antique London Trolley Bus model that had been bought at auction by a European collector. This valuable and fragile item needed to be securely packed and delivered to its new owner in the South of Spain. The model was one of only five left in the world, so in addition to its high monitory value, it was an extremely rare example of Londonâs transport history; dating back nearly 100 years.
This was a job that Pack & Send were uniquely positioned to undertake; their understanding and appreciation for the value of such a rare and substantial piece, their expert packaging knowledge and facilities, and wide ranging delivery services.The Trolley Bus, which was about the same size and weight as a small moped, was collected from the auction house by a Pack & Send vehicle and brought back to the Reading store for secure packing and preparation for the journey to Spain.
And when it comes to packing; Pack & Send know what they are doing! Their growing reputation as experts in shipping fragile and valuable items comes from the care they take with their customerâs property.The treasured Trolley Busâ moving parts carefully secured, the model was shrouded in Cell Aire antistatic wrap to protect the glass, paintwork, and internal electrical cabling from the build up of static during its journey. It was then covered in heavy duty bubble wrap and packed in a custom-made triple walled carton to complete the inner coat of the protection.
The carton was then injected with Pack & Sendâs unique foam cushioning which expanded to provide a tough 8cm layer of foam cushioning above, below, and around all the modelâs sides, and ultimate external protection was provided by building a wooden crate around the whole carton. The Trolley Bus model was then transported by road on a three day journey to the South of Spain during which Pack & Send could track the movement of the cargo every step of the way.
Pack & Send are able to help businesses and consumers across the UK with more conventional requirements too. Their range of domestic and international courier services and collection and custom packing solutions are ideal for safely transporting anything from spare parts to works of art.
Pack & Send are planning to open 240 stores across the UK some of which will be owner operated through a franchise license. Individuals interested in owning and operating a Pack & Send store can find more information at http://www.packsend.co.uk.
Pack & Send is a company that offers a complete range of postal, freight, courier, packing and removal services operating through a national retail network. We were founded in 1993, establishing the first Pack & Send Store in Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Pack & Send has expanded over 15 years from the one store and is rapidly becoming a global brand. We are continuing to grow our retail network through franchising.
Open 5 days a week, we manage packaging, freight and message sending services for businesses of all sizes, as well as for householders and tourists. Our freight solutions range from sending a 20gm letter to a 1 tonne consignment. We are the industry leader with respect to handling goods that are fragile, large, awkward, and valuable.
We offer over 30 different freight services, enabling us to deliver to any destination on the planet. Message sending services include not only courier and mailing of hard documents but the electronic transmission of messages. We sell packaging supplies and can custom pack items of any size or weight.
Through our retail network, we differentiate ourselves from the traditional methods of servicing customer needs in the freight market by offering powerful freight solutions through a combination of experience, first class operating systems, strategic partners and the entrepreneurial spirit of our franchisees.Every moment, of every day there is something that was packed and sent by a Pack & Send store being moved somewhere on the planet.
In 2007 Pack & Send:
- served over 120,000 customers and delivered approximately 500,000 items. - packed and sent thousands of computer monitors, servers, and laptops and counts Fuji Xerox and Cisco Systems as valuable clients. - had professionally packed and delivered artwork and antiques valued at over $20 million worldwide. - Pack & Send count Sothebyâs as one of their customers. - packed, sent, and returned to travellers over 2,000 mobile phones, laptop computers, and documents that had been left on aircraft and counts Qantas as one of their customers.
Famous stars of stage and screen have used Pack & Send to pack and send items home, from Bruce Willis to Rolf Harris.Every day Pack & Send is asked to deliver the âweird and wonderfulâ, some of which have included:
A Salt encrusted rams head, delivered to a salt industry conference.Enormous Olympic Games Sets, Costumes and Props â some at over 8 meters high.60 Mars Ice Cream bars half way around the world.A Jet Boat engine from Dorset to Sydney.
The largest consignment that Pack & Send has managed so far was eight 40 foot sea-containers of computer equipment that had to be professionally packed and sent to the USA.
A Pack & Send store owner once drove a customerâs motorbike over 2,600 kilometres to get it to where it had to be on time and in one piece.