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Re-supplying / re-stocking your business

cookieboss
April 03, 2012 08:31PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 41

Good Day future neighbors!
We will be moving to STT soon to open a retail business. Our concern is how do you business owners restock your businesses? What companies do you use to get your deliveries from the mainland? How long does it usually take? We are talking about bulk delivery, but not a whole container full. Any info would be helpful.
Thank you, and have a sunny day!cool

Rick & Joyce
Currently in Richmond, Va
rick23228@yahoo.com

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dougtamjj
April 03, 2012 09:01PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 2,548

Tropical shipping.

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ms411
April 03, 2012 09:12PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,398

Most use Tropical, because they sail twice a week, but depending on your estimated volume and how quickly you need to re-stock, Crowley or some other shipper may have a better rate.

Shipments generally take no more than a week, but customs can sometimes delay release.

For re-stocking, many people use USPS if goods are coming from US. For international, many use UPS.

One frustrating issue is vendors sending you the wrong item, or less than perfect merchandise.

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vicanuck
April 04, 2012 08:10AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,254

You will likely find that one of the most frustrating things about shipping to the VI is that its very difficult to work out who offers the best price to ship less than a container here. One really needs to be a math whiz to compare and the shippers know this and exploit it.

Over the past two years, Tropical and Crowley have bought out virtually all competitors and now control most of the shipping to the VI. I was just informed that CaribTrans no longer serves the VI either. VI Cargo on STX was bought out by Tropical a while back and now the service sucks just like Tropical.

To avoid paying the 5% duty, use the USPS as much as possible. The bureau of revenue might send you a letter from time to time requesting you volunteer to pay the 5% but have no way to enforce or compel you to pay and cannot open your packages to determine whats inside.

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OldTart
April 04, 2012 08:26AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

I'm not trying to sound combative but how does one move to open a business here without knowing how you're going to restock it? Isn't that a bit like putting the cart before the horse? Just curious.

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dougtamjj
April 04, 2012 10:22AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 2,548

We ship via Tropical about once a month and have had excellent service.

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Linda J
April 04, 2012 04:17PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 3,903

I too think you may be moving too fast. Plan a longish visit to network and check out business logistics.

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Jules
April 05, 2012 03:58AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 541

Welcome, future neighbors!

What type of business? What type of items are you talking about having shipped? Agree with the above-- Tropical or Crowley for quantity or bulky items, USPS if not that bulky.

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StCroixBeachBoy
April 07, 2012 11:09AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 95

Rick & Joyce - I agree with Linda & OldTart. Sounds like you may be moving a bit fast. There are some other good threads on here about opening & running businesses here in the USVI. Someone recommended spending a year or so here first working for someone else; I think that is a good idea. Definitely spend time here and network first. Issues that are seamless in the states can take months here, like getting your business license & utility hookups. Good luck in your venture.

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independent man
April 07, 2012 05:52PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 72

We use Oceanic Shipping & Consolidation out of Miami for pallet shipments to STT and then on to STJ via AA Supplies by truck. We have been approached by Tropical, but they couldn't show any cost savings. Everything else comes USPS Priority. Stateside vendors who are locked into UPS or FedEx or who won't go to the post office don't get our business. Paying UPS or FedEx charges is out of the question unless it's a very special situation.

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kass
April 09, 2012 10:20AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 95

Has anyone heard of VI Cargo and used them for shipping re-stock? [www.vicargo.com]

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Linda J
April 10, 2012 08:05AM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 3,903

I used them all the time at the Buccaneer. I believe the hotel still uses them and is pleased.

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kass
April 10, 2012 08:19AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 95

Thanks, Linda J. I appreciate it!

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vicanuck
April 10, 2012 08:29AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,254

VI Cargo used to be awesome until Tropical bought them out...now they're just adequate.

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JE
April 10, 2012 10:50AM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 314

I thought the primary difference between VI Cargo and Tropical was that VI Cargo cleared your shipment through Customs (and charge a fee for doing so) and with Tropical you had to clear your shipment yourself. I have used both and now use VI Cargo just because it is easier, but not cheaper. The last time I shipped via Tropical (probably late 2008), the Customs agent deemed the point of origin paperwork I had inadequate and I ended up having to go to the warehouse with a Tropical agent and look at each box to try to determine where it was manufactured. The shipment was kitchen appliances and a TV purchased from Brandsmart in Miami. It was not difficult and the warehouse and Customs were within walking distance of the Tropical office but it did take most of a day trying to get additional documentation from the manufacturer and their website without success before Customs agreed to just let us look at the boxes.

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cookieboss
April 10, 2012 11:21AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 41

Thanks for all of your responses. We are in the early stages of planning, counting all of the worst case scenarios and how to deal with them. This is why I ask the brain trust for the answers!
Thanks again!thumbs up

Rick & Joyce
Currently in Richmond, Va
rick23228@yahoo.com

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