From Freight Transport to Aircraft Charters

From Freight Transport to Aircraft Charters: A Transportation Blog

Use These 3 Tips to Prevent Damages and Losses When Packing Fragile Items for Storage and Transportation

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When packing things for transport and storage, you wouldn’t want to hear the sound of your glass items or any other fragile item shattering. For this reason, you need to be very careful when packing fragile items to prevent breakages. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure that during storage and transportation of your fragile items, they remain safe and intact. Use Sturdy Packing Boxes Always pay attention to the base of the box you are using. The base should be strong enough to accommodate the weight of the items. This means that you need to consider thick and sturdy boxes when choosing one to pack your fragile items. Avoid using flimsy and damaged boxes or reusing packing boxes. Used boxes might have lost their sturdiness. Choose the Cushioning Material Well Choose something that will withstand the weight of your fragile items. Make sure the cushioning material can withstand several shocks, especially in case of bumps. It should not compress and fail to cushion more bumps. The cushioning material should also hold up well to changes in humidity, air pressure, and temperature to ensure that the item you are transporting or storing maintains its resilience. For these reasons, consider choosing loose fill or packaging peanuts. These cushioning materials will fill up any void within your packaging box. They can also withstand any shocks because they flow around your item, allowing them to interlock when under stress. Inflated products such as air-filled bubble wrapping and foam structures such as polystyrene cushioning materials can also be used. Other cushioning materials you should consider using include heavy grade paper and corrugated fibreboard products such as pads. Pack Your Breakable/Fragile Materials Carefully Even with strong boxes and the right cushioning material, your products may still be vulnerable to breakages if you don’t pack them correctly. Start by securing the bottom of the packing box using tapes on any open corners and seams. You should then use your cushioning material of choice to create a cushioning base by simply lining the material inside the box. Wrap each item individually. Use packing materials such as bubble wraps or packing paper. To ensure your items remain intact, secure them with a tape. When arranging the items inside the box, start with the heaviest so that the lightest items are on the top. Use more cushioning materials to fill any empty spaces and then seal the top using a tape. You should then label the box as fragile so that anyone who sees it handles it with...

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How mobile broadband can boost business returns for transport operators

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Many people use public service transportation, such as taxis, buses and trains to commute to their places of work on a daily basis. And with the working population increasingly feeling lack of adequate time, trips to and from work are being used to finish essential tasks on the move, particularly emails being opened and sent on a smartphone device. So how can transport companies and operators tap into and profit from these shifting trends? The answer is by installing internet connectivity in the transport buses and taxis. This article explains three ways how transport companies can benefit from the installation of mobile broadband in their transport vehicles. Passenger experience By installing a wireless internet infrastructure, transport companies can provide free Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers, an amenity that will definitely improve ridership. Indeed, this acts a value-added service that can help improve the experience of the rider while using the taxi or bus. They can surf the internet, check emails while on the move. As a result, this unique experience is bound to distinguish a transport company from its competition. The key focus of transport operators is to get riders occupying the seats and to this end, free Wi-Fi access does exactly that. Vehicle area network The second motivating factor is to provide a vehicle area network to enable connectivity between the vehicles’ parts and applications. For instance, transport vehicles feature a telematics system, which calculates the driving speed, braking conditions, fuel conditions besides the pitch of the transport vehicle while on the move. That information is kept locally on a disk-based component in the transport vehicle. With the installation of a wireless internet infrastructure in the vehicle, the stored telematic information can be accessed remotely allowing transport operators to have a comprehensive tracking of their vehicles in real-time. Vehicle security The final, and quite important, motivating factor that persuades transport operators to install a wireless internet system is to improve vehicle security. While most transport vehicles are equipped with surveillance cameras on board, the issue that operators face is that the surveillance footage may only be uploaded once the vehicle reports back to the station or depot. With the deployment of wireless systems, CCTV cameras can be accessed here and now. An employee based at the headquarters can receive a notification from the driver regarding a problem on board, say a hijacking situation. That employee can immediately log in and view whatever that’s going on and respond...

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