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How Should I Pack My Shipments?
Please do not attempt to package and ship a cat in a box (cat in box used for demonstration purposes only before actual packaging).
Effective packaging is necessary in order to avoid any damage to products while in transit. Fragile products can get broken by shock or by pressure and torsion. Packaging, therefore, needs to have both damping against shock and, also, structural firmness. Remember, too, that items can break themselves and can still crack, no matter how well the external box. To stop this, make sure that nothing can move within the parcel. Glass is a fine model of this. It is very sturdy but very fragile. If glass jars are stacked in a structured method and packed closely collectively in a box, you can effortlessly stand on it and it will survive shock.
There’s no need for stuffing between the jars as they can’t hit each other. If they are freely set in a box, however, they will strike each other and break, even if delimited by heavy packaging. One of the finest secrets to being victorious at ecommerce is to figure out how to transport advantageously. Because delivery represents a major expenditure for ecommerce merchants, if you don’t do your study, you could end up losing cash on transport.
Shipping is certainly a tough facet to any ecommerce business. Every trade will have their own exclusive challenges they will require to work through and triumph over to develop the best and most competent shipping plan. Like many facet of building your new company though, it will take time and correction to decide what works best.
Understanding all the variables and growing your shipping approach with your growing business is very important to its long period healthiness and success. So once you think you have it figured out, don’t let it go stale. Re-examine every six months to make sure you’re delivering the completely unsurpassed potential service and experience for the best possible value to your customers.
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How Should I Pack My Shipments?
Follow These Four Steps For Effective Packaging
1. Cushion It
Choose cushioning of appropriate density and thickness and use enough to fill all void spaces in your shipping container.
2. Box It
Select an appropriate container that is large enough to accommodate the proper thickness of cushioning material.
3. Seal It
Apply at least three strips of packaging tape to the top and bottom sides of the container using the H taping method.
4. Label It
Place the shipping label with the recipient’s full address on the most visible side of the container away from any folders or seams.
- Use fillers like crumpled newspaper or air-cellular cushioning material.
- Wrap individual items with cushioning material and position them away.
- Wrap fragile items individually.
- For items that cannot be packaged in a container, pad and cover any pointed and sharp edges with corrugated boards, foam, or air-cellular cushioning material and tape securely.
- Place items that might be damaged by normal handling in a protective outer box.
- Ship non-fragile products like soft goods in a sturdy outer box.
- Pack chipboard boxes, such as gift or shoe boxes, in a corrugated outer box.
- Consolidate small parts or spillable granular products in a strong sealed container before packaging in a sturdy outer box.
- Use only outer boxes in good condition with intact flaps.
- Use double-wall boxes for heavier items.
- Make sure there are no holes, tears, or corner dents in the outer box.
- Use pressure-sensitive plastic tape, water-activated paper tape (minimum 60-lb. grade) or water-activated reinforced tape that is at least 2″ (5 cm) wide.
- Remove or cross out any old address labels on the outer box.
- Place package labels and packing slips facing the same direction on the same side of the package.
- Avoid wrapping labels around a corner or directly on an edge to seam of the package.
- Place shipping labels on the packages largest which increase your chance for the preferred orientation.