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Medical Cart Freight

December 13, 2018

Sacramento, CA USA – Medical cart freight refers to the methods and costs associated with delivering a medical cart(s) from the supplier or manufacturer to the client (end user / hospital).

Medical Cart Freight Methods

Medical cart freight methods include all the typical freight transportation methods. Ground is typical with many medical carts having onboard power systems – and air freight does not permit certain types of batteries. Regular ground is the standard.

Medical Cart Freight Costs

Medical cart freight costs are often significant. This is due to two primary physical factors of the cart(s), size and weight. Medical carts often have a footprint of 6-10 cubic feet or more. Medical carts vary by application in sizes, shapes, and weights. A 72″ tall stainless steel cart would be palleted and take up approximately 100 cubic feet of the trucks cargo area (4w x 4t x 6h). In addition it would weigh approximately 6-700 pounds including the pallet, and depending on the configuration and features. Smaller size medical carts may take up approximately 64 cubic feet of space and weigh around 150-200 pounds including pallet. In any case – packaged medical carts are often large in size, heavy in weight, and often cannot have anything stacked on top of them due to the integrity of their frame, casters, and moving parts.

Medical Cart Freight Market Insights

Medical cart freight has always been a line item necessity to be factored in the cost of purchasing medical carts, for reasons stated above. As a medical cart salesperson in the early years of this millennium we always thought of freight as worst case scenario, and hoped it could improve upon that. Worst case in terms of cost would mean from the mid-west to either coast (east or west). In those years costs were often in the neighborhood of 7-12%. So if you had a cart that was a thousand dollars, your freight for that single cart would be $70-$120. Then that price would decrease as the number of carts you were shipping increased, as an inverse relationship. The more carts the less the cost per cart.

Today’s freight channels in distribution have vastly changed from just fifteen years ago. And with that, so have medical cart freight costs. It is not uncommon today for a medical cart’s freight cost to be anywhere from 12% – 35% depending on the cost of the cart. Obviously destination matters but I am working within the “Worst Case” scenario of shipping across one half of the continental US. Many manufacturers are located in the Mid-West for this reason – as a central distribution point. A thousand dollar cart today shipping from Mid-West into the city of San Francisco could easily possess a freight cost of $450. That is an outlier – but even so it is over 40% of the cost of the cart itself.

Medical Cart Freight Summary

There are many solutions to minimize or mitigate medical cart freight costs. At the top is working with a medical cart company that best understands the issues and has resources (methods, relationships) and models (Value Added Resellers, channel distributors) in place. Within the industry’s existing model medical cart freight costs will remain at or near current levels, unless petroleum takes a significant turn (increased supply, reduced demand).

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