When you’re shipping packages from your warehouse, you need to be aware of the potential hazards the packages face in the journey to the customer’s doorstep. The first step in ensuring successful delivery of your packages is proper packaging. Keep your products safe from breakage or damage by using sturdy boxes with ample packing materials.
If you are shipping items that are fragile or of high value, it is recommended to buy insurance and delivery confirmation. It will help in verifying the delivery of the package and you will also be able to recover your losses in case the package gets lost in transit or gets damaged. You should know that insurance only covers the packages with proper packaging. Buy packaging at Verde Trader.
Here’s a list of some of the most common hazards likely to be faced by your packages:
Compression and Dropping
Your packages are going to fall and the fall height can be as much as 6 feet or more. Also, packages will be stacked and jostled. This is why, exterior parts of the box need to be sturdy enough to be able to hear the impact and the seal should be strong enough to ensure that package remains closed. Use high quality cushioning materials to absorb stresses to prevent any damage to the product inside.
Things You Need to Do
1. Always ship products in a heavy-duty cardboard box
Heavier or bigger packages: It is recommended to use 2 ply cardboard for shipping box. Don’t forget to check the crush and weight limits of the shipping box. You will find this information in the box certificate or Shipping Sign of Approval at the bottom of the box.
Lightweight or small packages: Even if you are shipping a lightweight item, the box needs to be sturdy enough to bear the weight of heavy boxes on top.
Breakable or fragile items: Ship the product in a double box and make sure there is 2 to 3 inches of cushioning between boxes. Also, inner content should be surrounded with high quality cushioning.
2. Always use high quality cushioning
There are many high quality packing materials available today that are lightweight yet sturdy. Some of the common examples include bubble wrap, packing peanuts as well as other alternatives that provide the necessary protection without adding to shipping costs.
Over packing also increases the risk of damaging the products due to compression. A simple rule of thumb to avoid over packing is to ensure that the box sides are not bulging and you don’t have to force the product into the box.
3. Use high quality adhesive tape
Always use highest quality adhesive tape to keep the box closed. It is recommended to use at least 3 pieces of 2 inch tape and seal it in an H pattern. For heavy packages, you might want to use bands in addition to the tape.
Air Pressure and Vibration
The shipping box is going to be put on quite a few conveyor belts and that will vibrate the contents inside. The shipping vehicles will also vibrate the package. The shipping boxes will also have to bear pressure changes due to change in elevation.
Change in air pressure as well as vibration can cause a package to burst open. Vibration has the potential to cause the edges of the box to wrap and erode. If the contents inside the package spill, it might damage the content of other packages and threaten the integrity of other packages.
Things You Need to Do
- Make sure the cushioning has enough density to prevent the items inside from shifting.
- Extra protection along the edges and corners is recommended. If there are any protruding or sharp edges, wrap them in tape to blunt them.
- The printed material should be bound together.
- If you are shipping jars or bottles, these should be wrapped in plastic wrap. You may also want to tape the lids to prevent spills.
Humidity and Temperature
The package is likely to face a variety of weather conditions, seasons, geographies and modes of transport which means regular change in temperature and humidity. Humidity and temperature changes have the potential to destabilize the products. Boxes can also break down due to humidity. This is why proper packaging is essential to minimize the impact of these factors.
Things You Need to Do
- If you are shipping a product for humid climates and the contents of the package are sensitive to humidity changes, it is recommended to include non-toxic drying agent desiccant inside the shipping cartons. Small silicone gel packs work well for this purpose.
- Your products could be affected by rain. This is why you should wrap products such as clothing, books or paper in plastic before packing it.
- If you are shipping perishable products, you need to follow specific guidelines for such goods. Follow our perishable mail guide to know more.