Successful shipping begins with a sturdy box, but it sure doesn’t end there. Given the beating that shipments often take on their path from warehouse to recipient, the materials used inside the box to protect products from damage are equally important. Here are a few tips.
There are several reasons to use a box that fits what you are shipping. For one, the DIM pricing used by many carriers calculates shipping costs on the size of the box rather than the weight. And, when boxes are larger than they need to be, more packing materials are needed inside. Those fillers can be pricey. The less you have to use, the more money you’ll save on shipping. A good rule of thumb in determining box size is to have about two inches of space between the item and the box on all sides.
No one type of packing material is right for every product. You can’t nestle a flat-screen television in packing peanuts and expect it to come out unbroken. If you are shipping glass objects, you must make sure that the packing materials will adequately protect them without scratching or marring surfaces. Keep in mind too that some packing materials create other issues. Styrofoam peanuts, for example, can create static electricity, which could be a problem for electronics. If you are shipping high volumes of fragile items, it could be worth your while to have molded protective packaging made for your shipping boxes.
Packaging materials come in many forms and much of it is earth friendly, such as packing peanuts made from corn starch instead of Styrofoam and bubble wrap that is biodegradable. Inflatables–also called air pillows — are great too because they are lightweight, offer good protection and are often made from recycled materials.
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