Make your move
What do Mercedes-Benz, Amazon, Sony, Apple, J. P. Morgan, and the United States Department of Justice have in common? Sher-Del Transfer (Sher-Del). The commercial mover and relocation expert has worked with these and more, leading the way in in the New York City area for more than 75 years. Whether a firm needs to move office, relocate its operations, or otherwise requires commercial freight, logistics, storage, and management solutions, Sher-Del has it covered.
“The company was founded all the way back in 1947, just after the Second World War,” begins Matt Green, Vice President at Sher-Del. “My grandfather, Joe Green, began the business with just one truck doing a milk run, multiple beverage deliveries, and some other things of that nature. It was all for different companies – he did it for about three decades, until his two sons came on board in the 1970s. They are now steering the ship, and have since expanded the business considerably. That brings us to where we are today: 20 tractors and more than 15 straight trucks running a day across multiple state lines and locations. Without a doubt, Sher-Del has become one of the biggest moving companies in New York City.”
On top of that, Sher-Del provides all kinds of packaging – from corrugated cardboard to palletized storage containers – for multinational companies across North America from its two primary locations in New York and New Jersey. But what truly sets Sher-Del apart from the competition? “I believe it is our ability and desire to be 100 percent all the time – 100 percent committed, involved, and dedicated,” says Matt. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves internally, which, if I am being frank, can sometimes cause disagreements – but that is only because we want to provide the best service possible for our customers. We feel we must always respond to enquiries and requests as other companies may not be on call at that time.
“By putting the company first, we have not only carved out a strong reputation for the company, but also a positive financial growth trajectory,” he continues. “We are always first to take on a new challenge, even if we are not necessarily experienced in that form of request; however, we will do our due diligence and research to figure out the best way to get the job done. Simply put, we are the Swiss Army knife of the moving industry: there is nothing we cannot do. Consequently, we are blessed with a lot of repeat business and decade-spanning accounts; companies know they can rely on us.”
Moving on up
But not everything has been easy. As we approach the end of the year, it seems a good point in time to reflect on the last 12 months. Matt does so: “We definitely hit a rough patch early on in the year,” he recalls. “It has been tough for people: some are still trying to figure it all out. Back then, our customers were trying to understand their own unique work situations, what they needed to get done, how budgets were going to work, and so on. Thankfully, we turned a corner after quarter two, and since then it has been full-steam ahead! We have seen a nice uptick in the second half of the year, and we hope that will prove to be a good indication of what we can expect in 2023 and beyond.
“Indeed, within the last six months, we have been busier than usual, which would indicate that customers are coming back to their offices,” he details. “Therefore, they will require many of the services we provide, including moving, storage, and liquidation assistance, which, in truth, we never want to see because it will mean customers are downsizing; however, it remains an important source of revenue for us.”
Evidently, things are looking up: a return to normalcy, one might put it. Yet, ever since the pandemic, normal seems to indicate flux; what was the norm yesterday is an alternative way of viewing the present today. As it gears up for that certainly uncertain future, Sher-Del is investing in its research and development practices to better future-proof the company.
“In the last year, we have significantly grown our receiving and delivery division, and we are now starting to roll out the second phase of our Third-Party Logistics (3PL) division build,” says Matt. “We have since reconfigured our 100,000-square-foot warehouse to accommodate all these changes, adapting the space to better suit our new 3PL customers. Looking ahead, we intend to expand into project management outside the tri-state area. In the next five years, I would like to see our footprint double in terms of warehousing, which means we can bring in more customers and handle even more capacity for our repeat service.