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A Guide to Picking the Right Courier Lockbox

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A Guide to Picking the Right Courier Lockbox

Buying the right kind of laboratory equipment is critical to maintaining your high standards. Likewise, a courier lockbox is a critical link in the chain of custody for laboratory specimens. For over 40 years, McShane has been one of the nation's largest suppliers of laboratory courier lockboxes. We understand the unique challenges of the industry and are constantly evolving our courier lockboxes to meet the changing needs of top labs. Handling specimens properly is integral to a productive and efficient laboratory. In that regard, consider the following factors when purchasing the right lockbox for laboratory pickup by your couriers.

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Chain of Custody Is King

Due to the sensitivity of patient privacy, all Labs and Hospitals require a secure chain of custody protocol for specimens and paperwork. However, no lab or hospital is the same. Each has their own procedures for routing, specimen collection/transportation, supply deliveries, and management in general. These differences can also affect the types of lockboxes that best fit their protocols. For example, to maintain an auditable paperwork trail, couriers often document the items inside the box and/or take a photograph if the box is found to be empty. This attention to security is understandable for this industry. For this reason, our boxes are lockable and built from heavy gauge corrosion-resistant steel. They have been developed and tested to maintain security while providing ease of use for courier pickup.

Lockable solutions and rugged constructions make our products particularly good at securely holding samples for after-hours and unattended pickup which greatly improves courier efficiency   

McShane also offers ESC-10 specimen containers which were custom-designed to handle test tubes in a temperature-controlled environment, providing another level of protection for medical samples awaiting pick-up.

McShane offers a wide variety of options including:

  • Insulated courier boxes to keep items cool
  • Various locking options to better fit courier/lab needs and protocols
  • Slotted boxes so tests can be dropped into the box and prevent tampering. 

Unattended Pickup/Delivery Trends

The shipping environment changed dramatically in 2020 which paved the way for contact-free deliveries to become the new norm. 

McShane Works With The Largest Labs Nationwide

Our expertise and manufacturing skill in building courier/lab boxes has help McShane be the industry standard. In addition to the wide range of available sizes, locks, and configurations, McShane will customize a courier box to meet your unique needs.


Contact Us Today To See How We Can Help

My company has been using lockboxes from McShane Welding for over 6 years now and is very pleased with the product and customer service. The personnel are all friendly and go above and beyond. The boxes are great quality and our clients love them. We couldn’t be more pleased with our working relationship with McShane.

Autumn Simpson

Representative of a nationwide network of local laboratories

Our courier company strongly encourages the use of LabLockers. We have been a customer for over 10 years and no other metal box vendor we tried in the past compares to the quality and customer service we get at McShane. Any business in the courier industry, specifically medical samples, should consider LabLockers.

Rob Johnstone

Priority Express

Our laboratory has been very satisfied with our choice to purchase the ESC-10 for specimen collection and transportation. This product allows us to control the temperature of the sample by offering frozen and ambient storage solutions. McShane Metal Products have always delivered their products on time while consistently offering fair pricing.

Lazer Schlussel

McShane Metal Products, Welding & Fabrication

12 Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507