Shipping Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping Tip #1:  When ordering 7-pound items, order in multiples of 4 or 6 items to fill the shipment box.

Shipping Tip #2:  When shipping via UPS Ground, if possible, use a commercial address that has an entrance open to the public.  A residential surcharge applies to each package delivered to a home or home-based business that lacks an entrance open to the public.

Shipping Tip #3:  LTL pallet shipping will save you considerable money versus UPS.  If your order's total net weight is over 500 pounds, we can arrange the LTL shipment directly to your home or business.
We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround!  Orders placed by 12:00 PM Central Time Monday through Friday generally ship the same day or next day.  Orders placed after hours, on a weekend, or on a holiday will generally ship the next business day.  All orders ship UPS Ground unless you choose "Customer Pick Up" or qualify for LTL shipping.  Please click HERE for details on shipping lead times.
We exclusively use UPS Ground to ship our packaged orders due to their extensive network and quick shipping times.  Other carriers do not offer the delivery reliability and speed that we desire.  The longer our product takes to be delivered, the greater the chance of damage or leakage, especially in huge package processing facilities.  
Shipping and processing costs are calculated from the most current UPS Ground rates based on the order's weight, number of packages, and destination.  To offer the lowest shipping costs possible, we have negotiated shipping rates with UPS due to the volume of packages we ship with them.  The cost also includes a small processing charge to cover overhead including lab testing, handling, shipping supplies/equipment, etc.  
No, we do not offer free shipping and processing due to the dense/heavy nature of our products and our wholesale pricing strategy.  Most "free shipping" costs are built into the sales price of the item.  Since we offer wholesale pricing, and in the spirit of transparency, we choose to quote the item and shipping/processing costs separately.  We don't want to quote an artificially high item price while claiming "free shipping."
There are two places where you can view your shipment tracking information.  
  1. The shipment notification email you receive when your product ships from our warehouse.  
  2. Log into the web store, click "My Account", and find the tracking information under "My Shipments." 
Please note: the tracking info will populate once your package arrives at the UPS processing facility, which is usually after 5:00 pm Central Time on the shipment date.
Yes!  When placing your order, choose "Customer Pick Up" as your shipment method.  Customer pick up at our Des Plaines, IL warehouse is free and no appointment is necessary.  For CPU details, click HERE.
Yes!  If your order's net weight totals 500 pounds or more, you'll be given the option to ship via an LTL carrier.  Please choose "LTL" as your shipping method and call us at 847.257.8946 to arrange the shipment.  The shipping cost will be added to your order upon shipment arrangement.  LTL shipments are shipped on pallets and can be delivered on a truck with a lift gate.  No shipping dock is necessary for delivery, but you may be responsible for getting the product inside of your home or business.
At this time, our shipping system is not set up to ship to Canada.  We are evaluating our options to add this in the future.  If you are close to the US/Canada border, there are third party stores that will receive your packages for a small fee and you can bring them across the border yourself.
We have a local distributor in Puerto Rico: Materia Prima.  Please contact them for local orders at +1-787-273-9763.