Unlocking the Mysteries of Volume

Recognize these iconic chairs? What's the volume? Answer at the bottom.

Recognize these iconic chairs? What’s the volume? Answers at the bottom.

 

Volume is the biggest cost factor in international shipping.  It also happens to be one of the hardest concepts for people to understand.

 

Due to it’s complex nature, we’ve spent considerable effort explaining it in a variety of ways.

Spreadsheet.  Initially, we would sent out an Aliyah Lift Volume Estimator spreadsheet filled with the volumes of common items throughout a home.   Customers could plug in the quantity and get an approximate volume.   (I think we will revamp this and offer it again.   Additionally, I looked at apps on the market and/or developing an app specifically for Aliyah Lift Shipping.  Perhaps we will put that together in the near future.)

Video.  A couple years later we produced two videos ( Volume Video 1 & Volume Video 2) showcasing 10 household items per video and their volume, set to some fun lounge music.  It’s a passive learning experience and a good way to get the basics of how big things in the home are.  (Based on the views it seems these tools are underutilized.  Maybe two minutes is too long to spend….)

Hybrid – Lists, Picture and Dimensions.  Here at our 200 Cubic Feet – Minimum Shipment webpage we approach the concept with different approaches – including the absurd, because maybe that will help somebody too!

Visual.  Just the other day, in our home office. we were discussing creative ways to explain volume and the idea occurred to me – pictures of rooms loaded with furniture and the volume of each item clearly labeled.  It seemed so obvious but yet, I had not seen it before!

Home Survey.  Ultimately, a home survey with our highly-skilled surveyors is the best way to get an approximate total volume.  Since we value our agents time, we prefer to set up surveys once we have a good feeling we will be handling the move.

 

So, without further delay, we present our latest webpage > VOLUME CENTRAL

(The volumes are approximate and may not reflect what’s in your home but it should help.)

 

And now for the answers….

Bunkers

Archie & Edith’s chairs were once on display at the Smithsonian museum.

Archie’s chair is about 25 cubic feet, Edith’s chair is about 15 cubic feet and the table between them is about 5 cubic feet.

 

 

 

In Defense of Working from Home

Work & Living

Working at the store & relaxing at the office

I was recently told by a customer that another shipping company spoke very disparaging of Aliyah Lift Shipping at a recent NBN event in the US.  They tried to instill fear in him with phrases like “one-man show” and “working from his basement”.

We think that’s the lowest form of business conduct and would like take this time to 1) point out the advantages of working from home and 2) why Aliyah Lift Shipping is a logical choice because of them and 3) dispel the faux importance of industry affiliations.

 

Home Office

The Work Day that Never Ends.   It’s true, work can start first thing in the morning answers questions on WhatsApp with customers in California and it can finish at 1:00 in the morning after sending out the last of the proposals, and you know what?  It’s great!

We might work all day long, but it’s off-and-on throughout the day, and that’s great for corporate moral.

World Headquarters.  Our high-production world headquarters is snuggly located in the quiet city of Maalot.  There’s plenty of work-space, the environment (my family) is great, the view is great, plus we get occasional visit from cats and jackals.

Honestly, I cannot imagine a more idyllic environment to work in.

Smaller Workload – Better Service.  Although we started 8 years, we seem to be the youngest shipping company focusing on olim and, subsequently, the smallest – and that’s completely fine.  Others in the industry have quotas, filled email boxes and may resort to scare tactics to meet their goals.

I am relieved to say that we do none of these things, except work long hours in the summer and fall.   Our smaller workload allows us to focus on your needs with clarity and cheerfulness.

 

The Logical Choice

The International Shipping Process.   International shipping only exists through the use of agents.  If a shipping company has an office/crew in one country, like the USA, then they’ll use agents in all the other countries for their deliveries.  It’s nearly impossible to operate otherwise.

Maximum Flexibility.   Since we don’t have an office/crew in the US or in Israel, Aliyah Lift Shipping is essentially a broker of services.  We have developed a great network of agents for packing/shipping and for deliveries.

We have the knowledge, experience and agents to provide you with an outstanding experience and the security that you deserve.

 

Industry Affiliates & Organizations

FIDI and More.  Some companies may boast about their industry affiliations (those organizations at the bottom of a website or email) and have even pointed out that Aliyah Lift Shipping has none…

Once I took the time to look into these organizations to see if there was any real value behind them.   I found they are little more then complete the form, pay your money and BAM – you are a member!

If affiliations are important to you, you can rest assured that nearly every company we work have these affiliations.

 

If you have ever worked from your home, then you already know the benefits and can understand my words.  If you would like to discuss your shipping plans, please call or email us at AliyahLift@gmail.com