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You Crate: A Better Way to Package

You Crate: A Better Way to Package

You Crate: A Better Way to Package

If you’re in the business of a better way to ship your goods, take a chance and package freight with You Crate. FreightCenter’s partnership with companies like You Crate is unmatched. It separates the good third-party logistics (3PL) companies from the great ones. Because it isn’t just their ability to connect shippers with the correct shipping solutions, it’s about leveraging their excellent network of shipping partners and passing on the benefits of this partnership to their customers. One area that is extremely important in the shipping process is freight packaging. At FreightCenter, we were lucky and excited to have our partner Jeff Banion, Director of Business Development with You Crate from R+L Carriers, stop by our office last week and share their revolutionary solution to freight packaging.

What is You Crate?

You Crate is a freight packaging service provided by R+L Carriers delivering pre-packaged, reusable wooden crates to shippers. These crates are easily assembled and streamline the vital packaging step in the freight shipping process for shippers.

The process is pretty simple. When you ship with R+L Carriers, simply request a You Crate. There are two types of crates:

The box – 46”x46”x47”, which handles shipments up to 2,000 lbs.
The tower – 46”x46”x80”, which takes loads up to 1,250 lbs.

Your You Crate is delivered to you, and you have two business days to pack your freight. The crate is then picked up and delivered to its destination. Once unloaded from the final destination, You Crate picks up the crate.

You Crate also offers an additional service, Load & Protect, designed to provide added security for your shipment. For high-value items, shipments using the Load & Protect service get a designated trailer for the entire transit, and the freight is divided off in the trailer with a tamper-resistant wall. For the shippers valuing ultimate peace of mind, it doesn’t get more secure than that.

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We are an award-winning logistics company and an American veteran-owned business. Our services offer a unique combination of history, competitive pricing, and unmatched level of service. Over the years and miles, we have formed a dedicated and respected network of industry partners to help customers meet deadlines.

Our mission is to meet and exceed customer expectations in all that we do. We take care of freight shipping from pickup to delivery. Excellent customer service is our hallmark, and it goes a long way in building a relationship of trust. When customers select FreightCenter to handle their freight shipment, they trust us to do the job right.

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What Are the Benefits When You Package Freight With You Crate?

According to Mr. Banion, what makes R+L Carriers unique is that they’re the only carrier providing a wooden box to shippers for their convenience, rather than having shippers provide the carriers with proper packaging. Being able to quickly and cost-effectively package your shipment can make a difference for small businesses.

“You’ve got material and labor involved to build your packaging. The small shipper has to run down their company’s inventory and get 4×8 sheets of plywood and build these things themselves,” Mr. Banion says. “And then what happens afterward? They throw it away. And it ends up in a landfill or the dumpster.”

You Crate, provides shippers and supply chains with the option for greener, more straightforward packaging solutions. These crates can be reused, saving small business shippers precious time and resources on packaging materials.

The Next Steps After Package Freight With You Crate

Partnering with a 3PL like FreightCenter has a strong relationship with a service like You Crate that optimizes your freight shipping needs. You get discounted, negotiated 3PL rates on already affordable You Crate rates and packaging solutions delivered right to your door. In addition, you’ll have a whole team of people on both the carrier and 3PL sides monitoring and tracking your shipment. So why wouldn’t you package your next freight shipment with You Crate?

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