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Packing a Parcel for Shipping
Numerous businesses send parcels on a daily basis, whilst some have parcels shipped only once in a while.
But whether your business takes advantage of parcel delivery regularly or not, there’s no denying the fact that packing a parcel for shipping takes a bit of knowledge and skill.
The importance of packing your parcel in the proper manner is something that you may already know, especially if you are shipping internationally.
So how do you make sure that your parcel reaches its destination in good condition and without any hassles whatsoever? Here are the top tips you should remember when packing a parcel for shipping.
The proper tools
It’s something quite obvious, but you would be surprised at how many of us don’t make use of the proper tools when preparing a parcel for shipping.
And when we don’t use the proper tools, it is more likely that our parcels will become damaged. So what are the proper tools for packing parcels?
They include sturdy cardboard boxes or white postal boxes which are self-locking and double-lined for extra strength, proper parcel tape (and not regular office tape), triangular tube containers for rolled paper, and suitable straps as well.
t is also essential for you to make sure that you use the proper size of box for your item; it shouldn’t be too large or too small to avoid over- or under-filling the box.
No empty space
When you already have the proper outer packaging for your parcel, it is also essential to use the proper inner or interior packaging.
This means making use of materials that include polystyrene chips, bubble wrap, foam, shredded paper, and so on.
These materials serve to cushion your item so it doesn’t move around inside the container and become damaged.
Here’s an extra tip: if you are planning to ship a fragile item, make sure to place it in the center of the container, and make sure as well that it doesn’t touch any side of the box or container. Cushioning is vital.
Out with the old, in with the new
Even if you think you will be saving money by reusing packaging, it’s important to remember that once you have already used a box, it will become weaker and will not be able to give the proper protection for your item.
The box should be as strong as possible.
Another aspect to remember is that couriers make use of automatic systems which can read labels and addresses, so if you have an old label or address on the box, it might read that by mistake – and your parcel may well be delivered to the wrong location.
It is always worth investing in a new container or box, no matter how much you think you are saving by reusing an old one.
Pay attention to the labeling
Whether you are printing a label or writing it by hand, you have to position it at the center and make sure that there is no tape that covers any portion or part of the label.
Needless to say, the label should be easy to read and understood as well. To ensure proper delivery, you can also include the delivery and address details in the box’s interior in case the label falls off or gets damaged.