Whenever a large purchase is made, like a new chiropractic table for your practice, a mixture of excitement and eager anticipation inevitably follows. When will it get here? There’s a tracking code for that. What will I use it for? This decision was probably made prior to purchase, and now there’s time to plan your techniques around the new table. What about shipping and unpacking? Be careful not to overlook this process.
Figuring out how the shipping will work for your table and determining the best method for unpacking and setting it up are factors you will want to think about at or near the time of purchase. Make sure to direct these questions to the sales or customer service representative for the company that manufactures your chosen table.
To begin with, ask the sales representative or customer service specialist what the shipping options are when it comes to your new chiropractic table. These prices will vary, with more expensive shipping options generally arriving sooner or in a manner that guarantees a certain arrival date and time, perhaps also a softer journey for your chiropractic table. While you are figuring out the shipping options for your chiropractic table, don’t forget to ask whether the vendor will deliver and set up the table or if it will simply be shipped to the office and dropped off.
Either way, you will want to have a window of time pinned down for the arrival of your new chiropractic table to ensure you’re on the premises when it arrives.
At this point, it is a wise idea to know exactly where you would like to place the table for unpacking and setting up. Unless you have negotiated for a full-service shipping and delivery method, which may involve someone else unpacking and setting up the chiropractic table for you, the next steps will be your responsibility, as well.
Most tables get shipped in large cardboard boxes with wood pallets, so you will want to be ready to unpack the table and clear out the large pile of packaging material as quickly as possible. It is a good idea to have tools on hand that can cut metal and plastic bands, which are usually part of the packaging. Once you have successfully opened the shipping box and cleared out all the packaging material, you will be ready to begin any assembly that may be necessary.
Once it is set up and the shipping and packing debris has been cleared, you can finally get to the point of your purchase — serving your patients to the best of your ability.