If you need to package something up for delivery, itís important that you do it properly. It doesnít matter what youíre sending or where youíre sending it to, all that matters is that it gets there safe and sound. Perhaps youíre packaging an item that youíve sold on eBay? If you fail to get your item to itís destination in full working order and fit for purpose and the packaging is to blame, you could end up losing money and get in a lot of trouble (depending on what it is). Hereís how to package things correctly for delivery, so you can get it right every time!
Use A Corrugated Box
If you can, use a new box. Using boxes over and over again can cause them to lose their protective properties over time. You should be careful as a box that has been previously used may not properly protect your item.
If you really have to use a used box, make sure that itís still sturdy and in great condition with no holes or tears. Make sure all of the flaps are still intact and thereís no corner damage either.
You need to make sure that your box is strong enough to carry the item youíre sending, otherwise disaster could strike. Some boxes have the max weight of what they can hold printed on them, so check to see if yours does to make sure youíre within your limits.
Give Protection Inside Of The Box
You must make sure that the item in your box is properly cushioned to avoid any damage. If youíre sending more than one item in the box, it would be wise to cushion them all separately to avoid them knocking each other. Not only should you make sure multiple items are cushioned and wrapped up separately, you should make sure they are cushioned and protected from the corners of the box, the sides, the top and the bottom. 2.5 inches of cushioning is a good place to start. Remember, your items shouldnít shake when you move the box!
Materials You Can Use To Protect Your Item
Bubble wrap – bubble wrap is a good cushion for lightweight items and can be used in multiple layers to make sure your items are properly protected.
Inflatable air bags – air bags can be used to fill any gaps in boxes for lightweight items. However, you should avoid using air bags altogether if the item/items youíre sending have sharp corners. Extreme temperatures can affect the protection of inflatable airbags and therefore †cause your item damage!
Polystyrene peanuts – these ďpeanutsĒ are used to fill boxes carrying lightweight items. This material isnít suitable for narrow products.
These are the main materials you can use to protect your item while itís in transit. If youíre finding these packaging instructions too difficult to take in, companies like the GSH Group can help you with your packaging needs. Itís important that items are properly packaged to avoid damage, not to mention the loss of money you could incur, so ensure you follow these instructions and get it right!
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