We're proud to announce that Donovan Logistics has been named the exclusive Mayflower Express agent for New England. As the exclusive Express Agent, we perform 100% of all pick-ups & deliveries registered across the Mayflower family of agencies that are under 3,500 lbs within the New England region.
This provides us with a larger local presence giving our clients even greater coverage. This also allows us to package client orders with Express orders to consolidate local routes, and reduce our clients costs.
If your company exhibits throughout the year, then you are familiar with the difference between van Lines and common carriers. In almost every situation, you’ll want to use a Van Line that specializes in trade show logistics versus a common carrier.
Van lines like Mayflower are specifically designed to haul high value equipment such as trade show exhibit booths because of they are equipped with air-ride suspension, bars, pads, blankets and lifts. In addition, van line drivers specialize in hauling this type of freight.
When using a specialized trade show van line, shipping costs are based on the linear feet used in the trailer, the miles traveled, and the fuel used. Weight isn't typically a factor in pricing unless your shipment is extremely heavy. In addition, these charges are governed by tariffs, which are basically U.S. and international regulations regarding transportation costs
Van Lines like Mayflower for example, offer the fastest service besides of course small package carriers such as UPS and FedEx. This is because these loads go directly to its destination venue without any additional stops. As, opposed to common carriers which typically make multiple less than truck load (LTL) pick up stops along the way. Common carriers cost less rate wise, but the risk of damage and late arrivals make a van line the smarter choice in the long run.
To learn more about how we help trade show managers and exhibit design house operations please contact us
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Quick Trade Show transportation story to share so you don't have to deal the same issue.....
We had a long term client that every year booked a round trip order with us going to a private trade show. This client is based in MA and the first show was at a hotel in Washington, DC. After handling it successfully without any issues for 5 years in a row, the customer decided to go with an alternate option that provided them with a few hundred dollars in savings. The show location in DC had restrictions, so we would ship this on a dedicated straight truck with a lift-gate. In addition, this was a full white glove, blanket-wrap shipment. The product was lighting & staging equipment, very awkward sizes, tall pieces, odd stacking, etc. So something like this really takes someone with true moving company experience to ensure a safe & effective load/unload process.
The client called our of VP of Logistics, Dan, in a panic on the Sunday evening before the Monday show, stating that their alternate option was a disaster on the inbound load from MA to DC. This particular carrier didn’t provide the full amount of equipment, was unable to be reached for in-transit updates for weekend tracking, and showed up late for their delivery. Since this Trade Show transportation and logistics is our specialty, were able to help. By Monday morning, we had secured a replacement for the return shipment from DC to MA, and customer has booked it with us every year since. They were very impressed that not only were we responsive after hours on a weekend, but also able to secure capacity for them.
This is just one store of how we deliver value each and every time for our clients. If you've ever been in similar situation and want to learn more about our "On Time Guarantee" please visit our trade show page for more information .
Director of Business Development