- aMr. Jones, shall we now discuss the packaging?
- bVery well. You know, we have definite ways of packaging garments. As to blouses, we use a polythene wrapper for each article, all ready for window display.
- aGood. A wrapping that catches the eye will certainly help push the sales. With competition from similar garments producers, the merchandise must not only be good value but also look attractive.
- bRight you are. We'll see to it that the blouses appeal to the eye as well as to the purse.
- aWhat about the outer packing?
- bWe'll pack them 10 dozens to one carton, gross weight around 25 kilos a carton.
- bYes, corrugated cardboard boxes.
- aCould you use wooden cases instead?
- bWhy use wooden cases?
- aI'm afraid the cardboard boxes are not strong enough for such a heavy load.
- bThe cartons are comparatively light, and therefore easy to handle. They won't be stowed away with the heavy cargo. The stevedores will see to that. Besides, we'll reinforce the cartons with straps. Silk blouses are not fragile goods. They can stand a lot of jolting.
- aMaybe you are right, but the goods are to be transhipped at Hamburg or London. If the boxes are moved about on an open wharf, the dampness or rain may get into them. This would make the blouses spotted or ruined.
- bNo need to worry about that. The cartons lined with plastic sheets are waterproof, and as the boxes are made of cardboard, they will be handled with care.
- aWell, I don't want to take any chances. Besides, cartons are easy to cut open, and this increases the risk of pilferage.
- bTampering with cartons is easily detected. I should say that this rather discourages pilferage.
- aMaybe so, but I'm afraid that in case of damage or pilferage, the insurance company will refuse compensation on the ground of improper packing, or packing unsuitable for sea voyage.
- bBut cartons are quite seaworthy. They are extensively used in our shipments to continental ports. There are never any complaints from our clients, and our insurance company has also approved such packing for W.P.A. and T.P.N.D.
- aIf you could guarantee compensation in case the insurance com- pany refuses to honor a claim for faulty packing, we would be quite willing to accept cartons.
- bI'm sorry, but we can't take on any responsibility that is beyond our functions and powers. We'll make sure that the packing is seaworthy, but we can't commit ourselves to being responsible for every kind of mishap.
- aI can understand your position. Perhaps I'm asking too much.
- bWe'll use wooden cases if you insist, but the charge for packing will be considerably higher, and it also slows delivery.
- aWell, I'll call you immediately for instructions on the matter.
- bPlease do. I'll be waiting for your reply.