Whether you produce gourmet ice cream, specialize in vintage collectibles, or hew baseball bats by hand, you know a secure packing job makes a difference in quality. Once your product leaves your facility, you rely on that box to protect and ship. Your customers want a pristine product when it arrives in their hands.
Don't let a bad choice of packaging and shipping materials ruin your business relationship with clients. Here's how to properly pack these three tricky items for transport.
1. Perishable or Frozen Products
Modern shipping allows your company to market and ship your product to far away areas around the globe. Your company benefits with this access to a bigger market.
But what if you specialize in perishable ice cream, homemade salsa, or hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries? Products that must be refrigerated or frozen can be tricky to ship. If you don't pack your goods correctly, unhappy customers end up with a melted, spoiled, or otherwise unusable product.
Fortunately, you can use this packing method to ensure your chilled products arrive in perfect condition:
- Use dry ice to keep cold and frozen items at a constant temperature while they ship.
- Insulate your product and dry ice together with Styrofoam to maintain that temperature.
Keep in mind that dry ice must not be wrapped airtight. Dry ice releases carbon dioxide gas as it warms up, which can create a very dangerous situation.
Instead, insist on Styrofoam rather than an airtight cooler or sealed plastic. You may also inadvertently create an airtight environment if you encase the outer box in packing tape.
2. Breakable or Fragile Items
The fragile nature of porcelain, glassware, and other delicate items demands a careful packing job. Even the tiniest crack or chip when the box is opened means an unhappy customer. Additional cracks from shipment do not add to the value like age and patina do for antiques.
To preserve the beauty and the smooth contours of a vase or the subtle tracery of an intricate handle, the right packing is crucial. You can achieve this when you use the two-box method.
- First, wrap antiques in acid-free paper before bubble wrap, which can leave marks.
- Wrap the item securely in bubble wrap. Pay special attention to protruding parts like the handle, the spout, or other areas.
- Place the wrapped item in the first box and fill in the space with peanuts or more bubble wrap. Crushed paper tends to flatten or compress and will not regain its original shape.
- Next, place the first box within a larger shipping box with a few inches to spare. Fill in this space with enough packing material so the smaller box does not shift around
When you take the time to pack breakable items with care, you know your customers receive the best quality product directly at their door.
3. Unusual Sized Products
Is your product an unusual size or shape? Sometimes you must pack odd shaped items like baseball bats for global or local shipment that will not fit in any standard box size. You should not settle for a standard size box and hope for the best after it ships.
A box that is too large for an item ends up eating your profits in packing materials costs and heavy shipping rates. If a box is too small, your product is more easily smashed and jolted during transit.
The key to a safer product arrival is to find the right container to securely fit your product. Take the time to have a box custom made to the right height, width, and depth to accommodate an unusual piece. A better fit means a better packing job.
Look to Capitol City Container Corp when you need corrugated cardboard boxes and other containers for your shipping needs. If we don't have the right size for your products, we can custom make the perfect dimension for you.