Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Perils of your new Roadside Sign coming on a truck

Typically, this would not be news. But, the past couple weeks have had for some difficult deliveries. Some things to keep in mind when you order items that are delivered on a truck. This would include:
  • Roadside portable signs
  • Roadside signs with trailers
  • Portable Black Signs
  • Solar Powered LED Trailer Mount Signs
  • Permanent mount changeable letter signs, and
  • Almost all outdoor signs, with the exception of sidewalk signs.
Things to be aware of:
  1. Depending on the carrier, shipping to a business is less expensive. Shipping to a residence is almost always more expensive. And, if shipping to a church, school, library, VFW, or other facility, some carriers will charge more. If you need to choose a location to ship to, a business with a dock is ALWAYS the best.
  2. When you are called to schedule a time for delivery to be made, please be there when you say you will. If you are not, the carrier will charge additional for the next delivery. The sign distributer will need to pass that redelivery charge on to you.
  3. When the sign is being delivered, PLEASE inspect it the best you can before it gets off of the truck. And, if you can inspect it more thoroughly on the ground before you sign the paperwork, please do. Once you have the sign and have signed the paperwork, it is VERY difficult to get the sign replaced. (This often involved a forklift accident, but it may also include other damage that is covered up by the packaging. Make sure you explore under the cardboard!!)
  4. If the sign is damaged and you refuse the shipment, call your distributor as soon as possible. Once they know of the problem, they can work with the manufacturer to get you a new undamaged sign as quickly as possible.
In the past week, I had a customer who ordered a custom sign. It was damaged on delivery, and they handled the problem perfectly--just as described above. I received a call before the truck had left with the damaged sign.

I have also had to deal with a customer who produced unsigned paperwork claiming damage---2 weeks after the sign was delivered. This customer was not happy with the results.

And, I had another customer who ordered the sign over a month ago. They have changed the delivery address after refusing the sign twice at the address originally provided. A new delivery address was provided, but by the time the sign was on a truck 3 times, it arrived damaged at the address. They refused the shipment, and now the process starts again....

Hopefully, this advice can help you when a sign is ordered that needs delivered on a truck. If you have any questions, give us at SignsSeen a call!!

However, if you don't want to mess with a big delivery truck (Does UPS count?), you can go with the Swinger RoadSide Sidewalk Message Board Sign. It is not as big as a 4' x 8' Roadside Arrow Sign, but it comes in one box from UPS. And, because it is a unique size, it will catch the eyes of your future customers!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Is there a "green" business banner?

Since I missed Earth Day, I wanted to encourage you all to buy reusable signs. Many of the sidewalk signs, roadside signs, and window signs are changeable and reusable. But, are you familiar with the options available in changeable banner signs?

Both banner systems offered at SignsSeen are good, but the changeable velcro banner has a few advantages over the pocket changeable banner.

  1. The velcro banner system has many more color choices than the pocket banner system.
  2. The velcro banner system allows the use of either 8 inch velcro letters OR 4 inch velcro letters. The pocket banner system comes with pockets that will only accommodate letters of a certain size.
  3. Although both the velcro and pocket banners can get PVC frames, the velcro banner system also has graffiti guards available.
Both systems can have custom logos on the banners. And, both banner systems will ship in 1 to 7 business days.

So, if you want to go "green" (i.e. reusable), save money by making your own banners, and be able to change your business or advertising message immediately, look into any of the changeable banner systems OR any of the other great signs at SignsSeen!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Don't download this toolbar...

Just doing a little searching the other day, and I discovered a SignsSeen toolbar.

I didn't create; I am not endorsing it, and I don't know its origin. PLEASE don't download it!!


Happy surfing, but watch what you download.

But, as always, if you have any comments, I welcome those.

And, if you like, surf over to SignsSeen and add a new sales rep (i.e. sign) to your business. No benefits, no days off, and they only say what you want them to say!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Swinger Roadside Sidewalk Sign Available

For those of you looking for something bigger than a standard sidewalk sign, but not interested in a 4' x 8' sign, the Swinger RS (Roadside) Sign is the answer.

Why you need to consider this sign?

  • It is BIGGER! The standard Swinger is 24" x 36". This sign is 36" x 48" (3' x 4'). There is more room to get your message out there.
  • It has the Swinger PLUS style letters. The original Swinger had 4" tall letters. The Swinger RS has 5" tall letters. So, if you would put this up along the road, your potential customers should have a much easier time reading the sign.
  • NEW LARGER, WATER/SAND FILLABLE, LEG-These will allow the Swinger Roadside sign to be ballasted better if it is put along the road. When along the road, trucks and other vehicles can kick up greater winds than when on a sidewalk. And, the Swinger RS Portable sign also has the "standard" Swinger frame. This gives ample places to put sandbags on teh front and back of the sign.
  • The Swinger RS can still be a sidewalk sign. I sell many Black Signs that are placed on sidewalks, AND they are VERY successful there. I am confident the Swinger RS could make a great sidewalk sign. AND, the price with shipping is almost half of the 4' x 6' Black Sign.
  • Did I say price? Yes, I did. The sign sells for under $300. Additionally, the sign is packaged up so that it is easily able to go on UPS. So, shipping is cheaper AND the shipping process is very easy. (No loading dock necessary.)
  • Because of the size, the sign can be more easily carried than a portable roadside sign. A standard roadside sign can weigh 100-200 lbs. But, the shipping weight of this sign is only 60 lbs.
  • The sign face is bigger, so you need more letters! This sign comes with 421 letters, numbers & symbols.
This Swinger sign will be shipping mid-April 2008. Please visit SignsSeen for this sign and many other sidewalk signs!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New Videos from LetterLED

During the ISA Sign Show, I met up with the LetterLED manufacturer. In an effort to help their customers understand how easy these products are, they have created a few videos. I am included the first couple of them today.

This video gives you a wide range of the benefits on a LetterLED sign.

This video focuses on low energy consumption and safety.

To find out more these products and other changeable sign module systems, visit SignsSeen.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mounting your Double Pole Mount Signs

At the recent ISA show, a rep from Wayne Industries educated me on installing a double pole mount sign.

  1. First, the Wayne Industry sign does not come with poles. Poles can be purchased at a large box hardward store-wood would be fine.
  2. And, I believe he also mentioned picking up lag bolts to connect the sign to the pole.
  3. The holes should be dug to the necessary depth AND the necessary width.
  4. Put the poles into the holes.
  5. And, all of this made sense, but the last part is something I did not realize. When using Quikcrete® with gravel, just dump the Quikcrete® into the hole. (The Quikcrete® gets the necessary moisture from the soil.)
  6. Both poles needed leveled. Use posts to make sure the poles are square from all sides.
  7. And, we didn't discuss when the sign should be installed. If the poles are stable enough, I suppose the double pole sign could be installed immediately. But, without having the directions in front of me, I would do whatever they say.
Whether you choose a lit or non-lit model OR a sign with a pre-printed face or tracked face, SignsSeen has models for your needs.