Today, we discuss four unique equipment delivery methods and which ones serve your needs the best. It is dependent on the type of business you own and the equipment ordered.

Standard Freight Delivery

Freight delivery is necessary for large foodservice equipment. The freight company usually loads the equipment from the factory into a large tractor-trailer. Once inside the trailer, the freight company will travel the necessary miles to deliver the equipment directly to your location. However, standard freight delivery does not include them unloading the equipment. Your establishment will have to provide the manpower and equipment needed to unload the unit.

Standard Freight

The freight company, when standard freight delivery is used, is not responsible for unloading, setting up, or properly merchandising your equipment in the desired spot. You must have a team ready to complete this task for you. When you have enough muscle, this option can be cost-effective.

In addition to this, if your area has a loading dock or you have access to your own forklift, equipment is often easy to unload from tractor-trailers.

Lift-Gate Delivery

When you do not have the needed equipment or muscle to unload equipment yourself, however, we would strongly recommend adding a lift gate.

A lift-gate is a device used to raise or lower items from the ground level to the level of the tractor-trailer or vice versa. When you consider that tractor-trailers are often 56” above the ground, this can become very important for unloading equipment into locations that do not have their own loading dock or forklift.

Lift-gates only cost $75, a wise investment for those who have ordered very large or heavy equipment.

Residential Delivery

Residential delivery is exactly what its name implies. It’s delivery to a residential location. Whether it’s a residential or commercial location is decided by your zoning area, but typically homes, farms, farming community centers, and other such locations are considered residential. Even if you run a commercial business from one of these locations, it will still be counted as residential.

Because freight trucks were not designed to make such delivers in typically tight and confined spaces or to deliver equipment to locations without a loading dock, you can and should expect what is called a “residential fee.” These fees are typically $75.

To avoid the costs of lift-gate or residential delivery, you can consider our last and fourth option.

Terminal Delivery

Terminal delivery is simply exactly what its name implies: delivery to a terminal. The freight company will take your shipment as far as the nearest terminal, but the item must be received by you at that location. Since the item requires you or your foodservice team to pick up the item, we recommend this option only for small, lightweight items. Smaller items can reasonably fit within a sized hatchback or flatbed truck.

This option works especially well for items that could ship UPS Ground if it were not for their fragile nature. Items such as merchandiser cases, for example, are often quite small and easy to carry, but they have glass cases. When these items are shipped through UPS Ground, they are more likely to become damaged. They can be shipped directly to the terminal, however, without costing you any extra fees and receive the extra care and attention it needs not to be kicked or broken.

We hope this short post has been helpful in explaining the different types of deliveries and why fees are sometimes necessary.

If you have any more questions, feel free to let us know.

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