Message from the Claims Desk 2.14.17

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovebirds out there. On this day candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. However, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. The most famous story suggests that the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for his soldiers because he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. St Valentine, realizing the injustice, defied Claudius and performed marriages in secret. So just as St. Valentine believed in protecting the sanctity of marriage, let’s protect our own integrity through our packing.

This week, with our continuation of DTR month, we review the military’s regulations regarding packing procedures. Keep in mind that the quality of our packing is most likely going to be judged during the unpacking. So keep that in mind as well as the following military requirements regarding packing:

  • All articles must be carrier packed / inspected (This means NO PBO!!! Original cartons are ok but we have to inspect, verify, and ensure the contents are properly protected for transport)
    • Materials must be new or in sound condition (You may bag the mattresses but they must be new bags)
    •          Upright wardrobes are to be used for domestic shipments and Flat wardrobes for international, except when upright wardrobes are requested (For heaven’s sake hang the clothes on the bar!)
    •          Containers must be labeled with Customer’s Name, Detailed List of Contents, Room, and CP (Don’t forget about make and model number for electronics)

Remember that the quality of your packing isn’t determined when you are packing the box, but when the customer is unpacking it.


Robert Wright