Wood shipping crates can be a must-have for any item you're shipping and that can't be shrink-wrapped; machinery and delicate items may be damaged if the wrap attaches to them, which is why wood shipping crates are still a popular item for many warehouses and production facilities. When you're in the market to invest in some wood shipping crates, note a few important factors to remember so you ensure you get the right type for your particular needs.
Retail point of sale crates
If you're shipping a product that will then be sold in a storefront or elsewhere, you want to consider wood shipping crates that double as point of sale models. This can mean not having to purchase two separate types of crates or shelving for these separate uses. Note if the crate will have an open window on one wall to see the items inside, if it's wide enough for easy access, and also ensure the walls are attached to each other very securely so they don't collapse when customers lean on them to reach produce or other items in the crate. You may also want them to have divider walls inside so you can ship and then display more than one item in the same crate; again, this cuts down on the expense of having to invest in several different crates for your products.
Trade show crates
If you're shipping items to show off at a trade show, you will not only want the crate to work as a shipper but also as a display model. This can mean carpeting inside to soften the look of the item you're displaying, drawers than can hold the accessories needed for a trade show, and hooks on the outside walls so you can take out items and use the crate itself for added display areas.
For very valuable items, you may want to invest in vaulted crates. These will have metal crimps or fasteners that can support a lock of some sort. Vaulted crates will also have walls that are fastened together and to the floor with solid bolts and reinforced slats, rather than walls that are easily pried apart with a pry bar or back of a claw hammer. This makes them more secure against tampering while your item is in transit, and also makes it safer to store your item in a warehouse or elsewhere once it arrives at its destination.