Packing anything is a chore. But, it is essential that it is done properly. Whether you are packing up the latest products from your production line or getting ready to move home, you need the right packing techniques.
This applies to everything you pack but is particularly relevant if you have fragile items that need to be shipped.
Fortunately, these practical tips will help you to pack every item perfectly and ensure they arrive at the other end safely.
Consider Your Courier
It may sound strange but packing starts by looking at the courier service you have chosen. It is best to choose a company based on its reputation. Ask friends and check social media/online forums. You’ll get honest opinions that will help you to choose the best company.
Once you have a courier company chosen you can check if they have any specific rules regarding package sizing, stackability, etc. Knowing this allows you to pack once instead of having to redo the experience.
It is also important to order data loggers before you start packing. There are many different types on the market, you’ll need to choose the ones that are most relevant to your fragile packages. For example, fresh items and electronics will benefit from temperature monitoring sensors on the packages. In contrast, vases and glasses will do better if they have impact sensors on the packages.
The sensors will help the receiver understand whether the package has been damaged during transport and, if it has, it needs to be rejected. Each sensor is set to a colour and, if the parameters it monitors move outside the given range the colour of the sensor will change.
This alert the receiver that there is an issue and confirms it is the delivery company at fault.
The best packaging solution is a box with fairly thick cardboard walls and one that is not much bigger than the items being shipped. This ensures there is minimal room for the product to move during transit.
You should ensure all gaps in the parcel are filled. This will cushion the item and prevent it from moving.
Once you’ve done this you can seal the box properly to ensure it can’t be accidentally opened or contaminants get in.
Don’t forget, the best way to pack anything is in a square or rectangular box. Avoid odd shapes and your box can be stacked with others, making it cheaper to ship and less likely to be damaged.
All packages need to be clearly labelled regarding where they are going. But, fragile items should also have a fragile label and they should have an arrow indicating which way up the box should go. This makes it easier for the transport service to look after the items properly.
Take Your Time
It is important to have all the materials you need for packing ready and take your time packing each item. Although you will probably want to get the job done, taking it slower will ensure the protection is done properly and make it more likely that the items arrive at their destination in one piece.