Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Way to go Jorgen

One of Jorgen's customers who he had helped Emailed him yesterday. Subject: Your Great Packing. When you have time please open the Link on this page . How my wife tells the story on her online journal. Great reading !!! Great job Jorgen .

>Thanks again, Jorgen.


>Everything you packed arrived beautifully intact.


>Here's how my wife tells the story on her online journal. My photos, her prose: <>






>sample pix: <>

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Look Las Vegas....

Hello Blog World; I have to say that new shirts will boost our business...... Let's hope... As we approach the summer season our Las Vegas Crew will be looking sharp... We are going to be doing a lot more sales here in the Vegas Valley and with our new shirts we will be diligently marking as a staff.... Here is a before and after photo.....

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wow Awesome Review on Yelp

Dave Collins you get the best reviews. You rule !! This one is from Yelp . And this will get some great feedback. Dave is at the Box Brothers at Wilshire and Barrington and you can call him at 310-478-4008

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Antique Model Ship

This is an antique model ship that was packed and shipped here at Box Brothers Woodland Hills.
22512 Ventura Blvd., between Shoup and Fallbrook, in Woodland Hills 818-224-4661

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Box Bros Oakland....

Hello Blog Readers; I have the most rewarding job going from location to location taking photos and blogging about what I see...... On this trip it's the same big heavy stuff we always see going through our warehouse.... Antique mirrors, statues, stone sculptures and anything you really wouldn't want to pack unless you are a madman like Ganzo.... Javier, Biamba and Ganzo have the toughest job of all of us at Box Brothers.... They tackle the biggest, heaviest and the most fragile items that I have ever seen.... It's funny, because when I'm watching an old western and see a huge bar 20' long and old saloon mirror behind it, I just think about how much of a pain that would be to move.... I can't even watch a movie without thinking about work.. Here are a few photos of things Ganzo and his crew have to deal with on a day to day basis..... We have the crew in Oakland that will never say no....

Monday, March 21, 2011

I want my MTV

MTV wants their MTV sign Packed and Shipped. Neon signs is something we can pack. For years we have been packing signs. Some of the best packing is done right here on Wilshire Blvd.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Michael, Fish and Jack Not Manny Moe and Jack

Michael Jackson, Jack and Fish. All getting ready for some packing, and shipping today. Some real awesome stuff as you can see. The store that pack and shipped was the Box Brothers in Santa Monica at 2113 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica CA, 310-453-1532

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just wanted to wish everyone a good weekend, and I might add that I hope
the suffering over in Japan gets better.

You know, it is hard to even imagine an earthquake that would be two to three times as strong as the one I lived though in 1994, or the Northridge earthquake.

That earthquake, was something, but the earthquake in Japan last night, was so much stronger than the one I lived through-- and the power of that wave and water overrunning that part of Japan was simply unfathomable. If I did not see what took place, I would not have believed it.

In the coming days, things will become more clear over there, but we all need to say a prayer
and help them, when the time comes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Old Vegas with a New Look.....

We decided to provide our Sahara location with a face lift.... One of our accounts closed down in the Planet Hollywood Hotel and asked if we could removes some display cases.... I spent New Years Day removing the display cases for them.... After a couple of months in our shed, we decided to bring them into the store and replace the old and tired front counter.... Here are a few photos of the old and new look.....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Why We're the Best at Dealing with Auctions


I left the review through the Yahoo Selection, and commented the following:

Outstanding! I won some items at an auction and had requested a quote from one company which was way overpriced in my opinion. I checked in with Charles at Box Bros for a price and needless to say I was shocked! The price was very reasonable and after speaking to him (communication was great) I decided to try them out. When I received the boxes I couldn't believe it; I have many items shipped to me and I had never seen such an outstanding packing job. You could tell they cared about the item just as much as I did and valued the importance to not have it damaged during transit. I HIGHLY recommend Charles and his team and the professional service they offer.

Thanks again!!

Wesley Cannon

Friday, March 4, 2011

Good Times A Head...

Today I read a blog that those of us in the transportation industry, should be concerned
about what we are going to do with all of the business we are going to have and get in the
coming moving season, or spring and fall.

By analogy, some "experts" are looking at the January numbers for interstate moving and shipping, and seeing an increase, year over year, for the number of shipments, miles driven, orders trending up, etc.

At the same time, since anyone who was honest enough to admit that they lost sales by a significant amount (40% annual declines--it was more for some but who wants to admit that their self made company only produced half as much business as it did in years past.....

We are so smart.....I see even Macy's scored big with this year's sales, compared to the same period, last year.......and that Home Depot is bouncing back and of course, our favorite, Apple
Nuts or Apple is thriving, with their young adult toys for spoiled children.....who need one more item from the genius, Steve Jobs....

However, what is everyone going to say when the February results come in and they disappoint,
so I guess the glass is half full now, not half empty. Bottom line, we are comparing our current
results against the worst results we have had, and if we matched those crappy results from
about a year ago, we would all not be here to write about how great things are going to be.

So this makes me a pessimist, I guess, not because I want to be, but because I do not see the
fundamental changes going on that would allow for meaningful and sustained growth. Let me

Within the last 90 days, how much has changed. In terms of auto sales, the domestic firms like
GM, Ford and to a lesser extent, Chrysler--all about to go out of business at several points in the
last two years, are now flourishing with sales, profits and yes, bonuses to management and to the
rank and file workers--and better yet, more plants are opening and more workers are going back to the assembly lines. Great news, how come?

As far as housing goes, in a market like southern California, what do we see in the last 60 days.
Remember, we do not make anything here like cars, boats, planes or military equipment here in California anymore.....we just have more lawyers and accountants and bullshitters than any other state in this country........and Hollywood........who sell less tickets every year, but raise prices to keep their status quo or mediocrity going...back to housing....

We have had the worst 60-90 days for housing sales and production in the last 2.5 years. Again,
I repeat, that January housing sales were lower than they were the year before. Sales are
down and yes, prices, per square foot, are down, too. First time in over 18 months. These are
statistics. But no one is talking about it. If they are, it is the "lull before the storm."

The car companies, lowered their credit requirements for car loans, about 75 days ago. Making more people able to get a better loan, middle of the road customers with less than decent credit,
now can drive home in a car, but maybe it is used. In other words, they took on some risk,
as they should. They adjusted their models and made changes to their business, in order to grow.

Housing--there are less lenders today, about 75% less mortgage brokers than their were three
years ago and the banks will not bend, nor will they write new mortgages that include any risk at all. Funny, they were throwing themselves are the same people they will turn down today, only
3 years ago, giving people homes for their signatures, based on 100% financing and in some cases, 110% of the price, so they got a bonus for moving in.

The banks lost a lot and quite frankly, so did a lot of other people, but if they will not loan, forget
about recovery, forget about growth, forget about new homes, forget about it all, as anyone who
has lived in California knows that without a housing recovery, their can be no way to prosperity for most of us, especially those whose business, like moving, is directly intertwined with the housing industry.

We are all looking for work, more than normal, as I do not see any firm close to operating capacity, nor do I feel emboldened, as interest rates for homes are historically low, as I recall
a former housing frenzy here in California, where people were tripping over themselves to get a home loan, adjustable, at 8% APR, back in 1990. There were bidding wars.

To illustrate, I saw a home, a fixer, in a good neighborhood, with expensive homes neighboring it. The home needed work, but it remained for sale for over 6 months. I met the realtor recently, who told me that even though appraisals were good, and that three couples qualified for the loan and had over 25% down payments, no bank would loan on it, since the house needed
a new roof (8-10K) and some pool repair (3K), no bank would loan on it. No matter what.

The home sold to someone who put together a 100% cash sale.

If this is the only way to get a loan--not to get one, but to have a rich family who will give you the money, we are all going nowhere fast.

I wish and I hope that I am just skewed the wrong way, as we have suffered long and hard and I am still not clear what we did to deserve it. At the same time, we are invested and we believe that the way to the promised land is the way we have always followed, and that is by delivering
unequaled service and a complete commitment to customer satisfaction.

I still try to help every customer I can, and many tell me I am naive and a dreamer, but the truth is that this is the only way I know and it has not worked all that well in the last few years, but I am not quitting or giving up now or ever. I am in for the duration and I hope that my take on all of this is just wrong.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Used Moving Boxes - A Health Hazard

Check out our new article about the hazards of used moving boxes. This is very useful information to someone who is moving or about to move, and is exploring the various moving box options.
Ever have a customer ask you if we carry used moving boxes? Maybe refer them to this article!

Los Angeles, CA

5 star rating

Ray at box brothers was incredibly helpful to me today. I a rush i needed 18 flat boxes shipped to my boss in a hotel in Boston. he was very knowledgeable about the products that he carries, knew exactly how to help me. He took out all the guess work, math and measuring. My boss had VERY specific needs (don't they always??) that did't 'fit' the standard box sizes. Ray didn't hesitate- he knew just what to do. He held his ground pick up driver so my order could be rushed out tonight and even threw in some tape!
with out ray i would have an angry boss in a Boston hotel with no giant boxes. I will CERTAINLY be using Ray for all my shipping, boxing, packing needs from now on. he made what could have been a huge headache for me- into a breeze!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

California Auctioneers & Appraisers 3.13.11

Catalog online for California Auctioneers. The Museum Collection of Robert O. Browne. Auction date is 3.13.11 . We are the recommend Shipper . For more info. or if your having a Auction call Charles at 800.842.6937 or go to our website under Auctions services