Design Elements-Cases and Crates

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Trade Show Shipping Crates

Crates are a often overlooked important elements for your trade show display. Crates take a beating, so saving money on buying a crate might not translate into long term savings. Crates add weight to your freight, and when they are bigger they weigh more, but bigger crates allow for the transport of bigger components that will ultimately save you set up time and trade show labor costs.

Size Matters

Crates vs. Cases – Trade show crates are intended for larger components, and trade show cases are intended for smaller components. If you need the booth to be highly portable, as is the case with 10×10 pop-up displays, then the benefit of having smaller parts outweighs the disadvantage of having more pieces to deal with. You may need your display booth portable for storage more than transport. Today, with FedEx and UPS, exhibitors don’t often check their trade show cases as airline luggage, so the size and weight limits of these air freight companies govern the size of most trade show cases on the market today.

If your booth is larger than a 10×10 booth, then it makes sense that you’ll be dealing with a larger trade show crate. With a larger trade show crate, the components can be larger, and therefore you will usually have fewer of them. Because of this, having larger components generally reduces both the installation time and the dismantle time. Having fewer pieces also translates into higher durability, as there are fewer edges to cause damage or receive damage during handling and transport.

Wood Crates

The typical wood crate sells for approximately $1200 to $1500 and weighs 300-400lbs empty.A standard wood trade show crate can hold up to 6 times more than a portable trade show case. A portable trade show case sells for approximately $400 and weighs 25lbs. The wood crate will cost you less to buy, but the robust wood construction adds weight, which will cost you more to ship. Since it’s critical that the display booth gets shipped without damage, you’ll likely lean towards the wood crate. Few things are as costly as fixing or replacing damaged items during setup.

Tip: Crated booths have a lower drayage rate than uncrated, so the money you saved by shrink wrapping everything on a pallet might go to the show organizer anyway.

Tip: It’s always best for your crate to be equipped with four-way access to help the fork lift drivers handle, load and store your display more carefully.

Tip: Find a way to help your cases/crates stand out on the show floor. Some companies will use a colored shrink wrap; others will have a logo stenciled on the side of the crates. The solution could even be as simple as a sheet of colored construction paper taped to both ends of each crate. In the flurry of crates and forklifts, this visual cue will help ensure none of your crates get moved somewhere else by mistake.

Portable Cases

Talk with Us – At Exhibit People we have a variety of sizes of crate, both molded and wooden. We shy away from portable crates because the handling and sorting can take its toll on the components. Talk with any one of our rental consultants to learn more about cases and crates, your options, and pros and cons associated with each option.

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