A Gaylord shipping container (or “bulk box”) is basically a giant cardboard box with a lid for shipping a bulk product on a pallet. Here’s what they look like:
We’ve seen them before at other warehouses, but it’s not how products are shipped to us. At least not normally.
A few weeks ago, another publisher’s distributor accidentally shipped 450 copies of their publication to us in a Gaylord.
And this is how they arrived:
The cherry on top of this mess were the copies with boot prints, which told us that the container had spilled open somewhere in transit:
The publisher was horrified to see how the copies arrived, of course, and quickly replaced them, but it was a surprising way to start the day!
I cannot help but thinking about this man who had a successful Kickstarter project, but lost everything because of poor handling/shipping from the manufacturer as there was a warning missing
What happens to all those damaged books? Do they just get recycled?
I don’t actually know what they’ll do when they get them back. For our own books that are slightly damaged, we usually save them in a corner of the warehouse for a “dinged” sale so that general readers who don’t need a book to be in perfect shape can get a good read at a heavily discounted price. We don’t like throwing out or recycling books that can still be read.
Those boot prints-A cherry on top….. I prefer a sundae with a cherry atop it, not a book…
Ha, yes, very much agreed!
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