A Blind Shipment is a freight or parcel shipment that does not disclose the point of origin to the consignee. In other words, the name of the location where the shipment originated does not appear on any shipping documents or packaging that will be seen by the party receiving the delivery.
A Common Example:
Let’s say Business X drop ships merchandise to its Customer Y via third party Supplier Z. Business X has a blind shipping arrangement with Supplier Z to prevent the receiver of the goods, Customer Y, from knowing about Supplier Z. Even though the shipment originates from Supplier Z’s location, Supplier Z’s name is intentionally left off all shipping documents, labels and packaging.
On a blind shipment, Customer Y’s copy of the shipping paperwork may simply display no shipper information. However, in most cases, the shipment documentation will display the name of Business X as the shipper, even though the physical shipment did not originate from Business X. This is known as private label shipping and is a very common practice for blind shipments.
Why Ship Blind?
There are several reasons why Business X may not want Customer Y to see the name of Supplier Z. For competitive reasons, Business X may wish to keep its suppliers confidential, or it may wish to prevent Customer Y from attempting to contact Supplier Z directly, or it may just wish to avoid any confusion that may result when Customer Y sees the unfamiliar name of Supplier Z on its shipment.
If blind shipments are part of your business model, get in touch with Saturn Freight. In addition to great rates, we will make sure your paperwork gets handled properly. Saturn is committed to protecting your valuable business relationships.