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NY Dealers Club Launches Boomerang Shipping Service

Jun 21, 2011 5:18 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The New York Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) has started a new member service, designed to enable diamond dealers manage the return of shipments of high-value parcels of diamonds, including goods supplied to clients on memo called "Boomerang." This service permits the sender of high-value parcels to pre-select the return carrier, class of service, return address and return insurance amount when preparing the outbound shipping label. It is being offered through an exclusive alliance with TransGuardian.
"This is a solution to a major problem in the diamond industry," said Moshe Mosbacher, the DDC's president. "Diamond dealers send a large percentage of their goods out on consignment, or 'memo,' as we call it. Unlike jewelry or precious metals, a buyer often needs inspect diamonds visually to know if they will meet his or her client's needs. Consequently, about 50 percent of all outbound shipments come back in the normal course of dealing. To date, dealers have struggled to ensure that prospective buyers had a secure means of returning goods. This new service provides the dealer with real control."
With Boomerang, pre-set return label parameters are embedded in the packing slip that accompanies the outbound shipment. When an insured return is required, all the consignee need do is log at, and follow instructions. The consignee then gives the package to his mail carrier or FedEx, UPS or OnTrac courier, and the parcel can be sent back securely  to the original sender.
Shippers can set Boomerang defaults. For example, if outbound goods are urgent, they may ship overnight. If returns are less urgent, the Boomerang default can be two-day. The outbound and return carriers can be different, for example, FedEx Priority Overnight outbound and USPS Priority Mail for the return.
According to Lou Rohde, the director of member services at the DDC, the service also provides solutions for dealers sending diamonds for certification at gem labs. "Before Boomerang, they would have to send their stones with instructions on how the labs should send the stones back. Boomerang's Dashboard puts total control of return details in the diamond dealer's hands.''
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