Safeway Specialty Flatbed Moves Prized Sculpture Collection

Transporting artwork requires special handling. So, when award-winning artist Dan Ostermiller needed more than 20 valuable bronze sculptures moved 440 miles from his studio in Loveland, Colorado to the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed got the call.

Ostermiller is well-known for his wildlife-inspired creations. His animal sculptures are currently the focus of the Gardens Gone Wild! exhibit at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, on display until May 2019.

The assignment presented Safeway with a few unique challenges. Because of their large size, the sculptures needed a vehicle that offered side and overhead access so they could be carefully loaded and unloaded by crane. Also, the sculptures featured a highly prized patina (or finish) that needed to be protected from the weather.

A Solid Solution for Transporting Artwork.

A Conestoga-equipped flatbed trailer provided the required loading and unloading access and protection from the elements.

“Each piece is unique and had its own logistical implications,” said Matt Leitz, Safeway’s General Manager. “We relied on one of our highly skilled professional drivers who worked with the artist to understand the intricacies of moving each piece.”

Driver Tim Wendt got the assignment. With more than 35 years’ worth of experience under his belt, he knew exactly what was needed to complete the specialty move on time, claim-free and anxiety-free. “It was excellent,” said Tim. “I enjoy transporting these unusual shipments and working with interesting people. The artist and I are cigar aficionados so after the job was completed, we exchanged our favorite cigars.”

The job was booked by Molly Malone, one of Safeway’s many independent sales agents. “Our sales agents have a diverse clientele with an even more diverse portfolio of shipment types,” said Matt. “We work hard to provide customized solutions and are passionate about what we do.”

Molly has been working with the staff and drivers of Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed for several decades and with many, many artists.

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed has a long history of safely transporting works of art. “We’ve been providing transportation services to the art community for decades,” noted Matt. “From hauling the Joe Louis “Fist” monument back in the 80’s to the more recent move of a $20 million “Play-Doh” sculpture by Jeff Koons, the Safeway name is synonymous with securely transporting art.”

Want to know more about our Specialty Flatbed Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Managing Load Shift and Load Recovery

You’ve neatly arranged your groceries in the back of your car but, on the drive home, you brake suddenly to avoid a pedestrian who has walked into your path. That’s when you hear it — your grocery bags sliding, jars and cans bumping together. You have just experienced a load shift!

Now consider a 40-ton truck carrying an order of, let’s say, pizza boxes for our example, over 700 miles of road. A tight turn or a sudden brake may send those neatly stacked and banded bundles of pizza boxes sailing around inside of the truck (hello, again, load shift).

When the truck is opened at the final destination, our pizza shop may not have the resources to reorganize those boxes in a way that’s convenient for them to store and use. But the driver has done his or her job beautifully; the shipment has arrived on time and everything can be accounted for.

What now?

Our pizza shop could get their staff to rearrange everything, but then they’re not serving customers, and you didn’t plan on adding hours to everyone’s shifts to cover fixing this problem. Plus, what does your staff know about managing load shift and load recovery projects efficiently?

Another company may offer to drive the load back to the point of origin to manage the load shift and try again requiring 1,400 more miles of driving, equaling 22+ driver hours, and 3+ days so as to abide by Federal Hours of Service Regulations.

Safeway Logistics has a much better option.

Safeway Logistics maintains over 600 warehouses across the United States. Our roots are in residential moving. As a result, we have warehouses and load management teams all over the country. If people are nearby, we have warehouses — with trucks and fresh drivers already on-site — there to serve them.

So where another vendor might only be able to offer you luck fixing a shifted load on your own, Safeway Logistics can offer you a quick-turnaround performed by an experienced team who will:

  1. Take pictures documenting the shifted load.
  2. Assess the situation and design an action plan.
  3. Organize, clean, reband, restack, repalletize and reload your goods.
  4. Provide a new delivery schedule.

We vet our drivers carefully and we are confident that every driver in our talent network follows best practices and does everything in their power to prevent load shifting, but safety is also our number one concern. By driving safely, and in the normal course of over the road travel, shifting sometimes occurs.

Just one of the many ways Safeway Logistics stands apart from others in our space is that we have a service at the ready that ensures these occurrences don’t derail your schedule, and won’t blast your budget. We’ve saved customers, on average, more than $1,000 with these services just by being there locally with a plan in place and a team that knows exactly what to do.

Want to know more about our Load Shift and Load Recovery Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Drive safely!

Rocket Sled to Washington, D.C.

On August ninth, Safeway Logistics’ Flatbed Transportation embarked on the historic task of transporting the Sonic Wind 1 rocket Sled (all 8,000 pounds of it!) 1,924 miles from Alamogordo, NM to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

There it will be prepared for display in the upcoming exhibit “SPEED” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. (Col.) John Stapp manned the sled repeatedly to test the effects of acceleration on the human body. He set a ground speed record of 632 miles per hour, and provided invaluable data which resulted in development of safer tools and practices for the U.S. Air Force and, ultimately, NASA.

Where has the Sonic Wind 1 been?

The U.S. Air Force entrusted the sled to the Smithsonian in 1966. Since that time, it remained at the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Until Safeway Logistics had the honor of handling the safe loading, transport, and delivery of the precious cargo.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.