Posts tagged #Book Fairs

Tracking software: Would it make a difference to you?

We're thinking of investing some time and effort to find tracking software that we can use on our runs to Frankfurt and Bologna.

We think it might be useful to offer you a way of seeing where we are on our journey to your favourite book fairs.

We see this as a way of confirming that we will be arriving when we told you rather than offering an estimate of arrival time like lots of other carriers do because we agree a time with you before we pick up your boxes.

But before we head off spending time and money it makes sense to ask you whether you think it would help. Do let us know in the comments box below or pop us an email to tracking@bookfairvans.co.uk.

As always we have an open mind about what we do and that goes for feed back as well.


 

Too soon to talk about the last minute?

We often wonder when is the best time to talk to people about how we ship those last minute important items that people need for shows like Frankfurt and Bologna.  Who wants to talk about the next show when you’ve just finished one and are still catching up back at the office with your work load? Who wants to talk when you deadline is looming?

It’s difficult to gauge with some many people having a different approach to what they need and how they work.

We really enjoy helping people at the last minute. Our clients either plan to work in this way and they need us to take a high volume to their stand or they need some help with a few boxes of material that just can be ready until after their normal “last minute delivery” has left.

Whether you a planner for the last minute or someone who just happens to get caught by an unexpected surprise shift in planning we’d love to help.

Tell us when it’s best to talk to you and that’s what we will do.

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier. Loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain…..

 

Arriving in Four weeks time.

It's four weeks until we arrive at Bologna book fair and start delivering the last minute items people have asked us to get to their stands.

This is probably too early to start thinking about last minute collection but just in case.

Most of what we carry will have been collected during Friday, normally packed in boxes that we deliver to clients the day before pre-labelled with all the right details on it. It’s usually sales materials that haven’t made it through the internal process in time to meet another shipper’s deadline. For us it’s great we love to help and if we leave later then the other people you use great.

When we look at the figures average orders are four boxes which means that some people send one box and others a few more, whatever the quantity that’s fine we don’t have a minimum order and you only pay for what you send.

So we work later, give you boxes and don’t have a minimum order.

We might be worth bookmarking or you could leave a comment here, tweet us or pop an email to daniel@bookfairvans.co.uk.

Youn ever know what’s going to happen in the next four weeks.

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier. Loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain…..

 

Ready for Bologna, me neither!

I’ve just about managed to put the Christmas decorations away, remember a few birthdays, get flowers and card for my valentine and produced pancakes last night. Then this morning I had my first Bologna meeting and it seems to me, and everyone else attending, that it is creeping up unnoticed on the rails like a Grand National sweepstake pick.

The fact is that the doors will open on 23rd March for 4 days, we should all thank people like Sarah Pakenham for making sure we didn’t get a 3 day fair and London follows on 19thApril, so by the time we all get home, catch up with that huge pile of work that will be waiting for us, it will be time to head to Earls Court for 3 days.

Still I suppose it means that spring is on its way and if we all close our eyes and wish hard, it will be in full flow when we arrive. It will make a change from snow, ice and grey skies.

Now where did I put my sunglasses……?

Have a great time getting ready!