Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery is a term often used in manufacturing. It's an inventory management strategy that helps facilitate speedier order fulfillment with particular applications in raw material orders and manufacturing. In the Trade Show industry, JIT is important to minimize truck wait times because there are tight delivery windows.
Just-in-time shipping services are somewhat backward from typical supply chain fulfillment. For example, with JIT, goods are pulled through the supply chain. Displays go from warehouse to convention center, back to warehouse. Occasionally, they may go from the convention center to the convention center. The process is very date-specific, and the pace is dictated by how far out a show is.
What Does JIT Delivery Require?
The window for delivery of trade show materials is always tight because as one show ends, another begins. Just-in-time trade show delivery services involve the process of delivering exhibition materials when they are required at the time needed. Then they must be picked up and transported back to the warehouse or even to another trade show.
In the traditional JIT manufacturer model, assembly and packaging operations don't store the materials in on-site warehouses. Instead, The materials are received when they are ready to be implemented into outgoing orders. Therefore, just in time, logistics allows supply chain management companies to save on inventory costs and create more usable space in their warehouses.
JIT operates much the same way in the tradeshow industry. Instead of newly produced products being picked up and dropped off at a retail location, trade show materials are picked up from warehouses and dropped off at convention centers within a specific timeframe. When the show is over, they will again need to be picked up within a particular time frame, to be delivered back to the warehouse, or even another trade show.
For the process to work smoothly, trade show organizers and participants require a highly responsive, flexible logistics model. FreightCenter is in a unique position to respond very quickly to unforeseen challenges because we use multiple carriers with extensive trade show experience.
Successful just-in-time trade show logistics center around peak efficiency, accuracy, and speed. While an individual carrier may be unable to handle your shipping needs, leaving you stranded, FreightCenter will always have a solution.
What is White Glove Delivery?
The term "white glove" is derived from the white gloves that butlers and other domestic staff members wore — conveying impeccable cleanliness and high service standards. Our white-glove trade show display delivery service is a perfect solution when delivering exhibits paraphernalia that requires special handling. These services include inside delivery, unpacking, inspection, and removal of packing materials. There is a premium for white-glove service, so we recommend you use it only in those circumstances where the added value is justified.
White-Glove Delivery for Trade Shows
If you have high-value or fragile items that require shipping, FreightCenter's white-glove delivery service is the perfect option. We ensure that freight carriers transport your trade show display and exhibit materials with experience handling goods with the highest level of care.
Pricing is customized per shipment and typically predicated on the following factors:
- Geographic Location: The overall distance between the origin and destination and the destination's proximity to the distribution center will impact pricing.
- Drop-off Location: Flights of stairs or other difficult-to-navigate on-premises logistics will increase the delivery cost.
- Product specifications: Product characteristics such as size, shape, and assembly complexity will also be used to determine rates.