How Should I Package My Items to Protect Against Damage in Transit?

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Getting any item from A to B is fraught with issues unless you personally carry it there. Of course, in most cases, this is not a practical option.

Instead, you need to pack it as best as possible to ensure that it arrives in the same condition that you sent it in.

There are several stages to getting this packing right:

The Box

The perfect box should be sturdy and as close to the size of your product as possible. This will prevent the item from moving around inside the box and potentially getting damaged.

Once you’ve found the right box place your item inside it.

The Packaging

Now you need to add some packaging, this should be soft enough that it won’t damage your item but sturdy enough that it can resist bumps and even a gentle poke.

The best option is something like polystyrene balls, but bubble wrap and even scrounged up newspaper can all be effective.

The important thing is to make sure the entire box is packed full. Again, this will stop your item from moving around.

If you do have more than one item in the box then you should separate them with some packaging material, reducing the risk of them damaging each other.

Sealing

Once the box is full and you’ve added any instructions or other paperwork you should seal your box with reinforced tape. Cover the joints and the corners to maximize the protection of your item.

At this point, you should also add any labels you need and ensure they are fastened securely.

Extra Protection

The extra step that many people don’t do is to add a damage protection monitor. You can purchase these from companies like Shockwatch. Their purpose is to indicate if any damage has happened to the box while it was in transit.

Different monitors sever different purposes, such as temperature monitoring, whether they have been dropped, or even if they have been tilted at the wrong angle.

The stickers have a neutral color, if the color has changed then the receiver will be alerted to the fact that the parcel has been damaged. This should encourage them to refuse the item.

The great thing about these stickers is that it encourages the courier firm to look after your parcel, perhaps better than if the item didn’t have a sticker. It also makes it easier to decide where something has gone wrong with an item and who is responsible for replacing it;

Choose Your Courier

It is a good idea to select a courier that has a good reputation. This will increase the likelihood of your item getting to the right destination in the best possible condition.

It doesn’t matter what item you’re sending, it’s worth making sure that they have been sent safely, it will ensure the receiver is happy. If you’re in business this will have a direct effect on your reputation, getting the delivery right will really help!


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