What is a Blind Shipment?
A blind shipment is an instance when a consignee (receiver of the cargo) involved in a shipment is unaware of who the shipper or the seller is. This type of shipment is usually requested by a distributor, who wants to avoid going through additional distribution channels, and wants the goods to be shipped directly to the retailer. This is a means to conceal if a product or item was shipped from third party vendors.
As a result of blind shipment, the third-party vendor’s information is removed from the shipping label and later replaced with the seller’s information, thus making the customer “blind” to where her order comes from and many other details about it.
In some cases, there are ‘double-blind shipments,’ during which the shipper or seller is unaware of where a shipment is going to be delivered to, likewise, the consignee or the receiver is unaware of where the shipment is coming from.
Why do shippers or consignees choose to ship blind?
Most of the time, blind shipments happen because they are requested by distributors who want their suppliers; manufacturers or importers, to drop ship directly to their customers. In such cases, customers who order from this distributor assumes that it ships from the distributor, versus a third-party manufacturer or shipper. The distributor’s information may be left blank on the bill of lading, in other cases, however, it will have the name of the distributor as the shipper.
The reason why the involved parties choose to engage in double-blind shipment is when the third party who orders the shipment wants to protect his or her customers, not wanting the shipper to try to do business directly with the buyer, in a way which will overpass his services.