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How to Safeguard Your Product During Shipping

Shipping Products
As a business who relies upon shipping for the bulk of your business, you should know the importance of proper shipping packaging. Nothing makes a business seem more unprofessional than inadequate packaging. You do not want to disappoint your customers by sending a damaged and dilapidated box to their front doors.

Not only will damaged shipments decrease your reputation, but they will ultimately cost you money in replacements for products that inevitably are damaged inside the boxes. This is why you should consider the following tips when packaging your product for shipment.

Use the Strongest Boxes Available

Though using a strong box seems like an obvious tip, you would be surprised at the difference in boxes different companies use. Shipping boxes have a significant quality range you may not be aware of.

Before anything, be sure you always use a corrugated cardboard box. Corrugated cardboard lends more strength to a box due to the layering process used during manufacturing. Corrugated cardboard has rigid, grooved paper between two pieces of cardstock, which adds a better level of strength.

You should also use a new box over a box that has been used before. While reusing boxes is ideal for environmental purposes, your product could become compromised in an old box. Ultimately, even the strongest cardboard box will begin to lose its integrity after several shipments. Recycle your used boxes and use new boxes for your shipments for the best results.

You also need to use boxes designed to support the specs of your product. When you order your boxes, speak to the manufacturer about what you need to ship to ensure you have the proper grade and fluting to make sure your product arrives to your customer safely.

Pack the Boxes Efficiently

Think carefully about the product you intend to ship when you are packing. Consider its fragility, whether or not it is heavy, has sharp corners or edges, or has any other qualities that could impact how you package it. The goal is to fill the entire space of the box and leave no room for air space inside. If you leave any air space in the box, your product will shift around during shipping and could suffer damage.

Use a box appropriate for the size of your product and add sufficient packing material to take up any excess air space. Do not use a box that is too large, as you will ultimately spend more money on materials and shipping expenses. You may want to play with different positioning situations until you find the best for your product.

Once you determine the most efficient way to pack your product, you could consider a company-wide packing policy to ensure the same procedures are used for all of your shipments.

Choose the Best Packing Material

There is no one size fits all material when it comes to cushioning and protecting your product. For some products, Styrofoam peanuts is the best way to go. For more fragile objects, bubble wrap is more beneficial. Try out some different options for your products to make sure you choose what is best.

You also need to use an industrial strength packing tape that is waterproof and pressure sensitive to prevent the box from opening during shipment. You may want to send a test box to yourself to see how well the product fares during the shipping process.

The shipping materials you use for your quality products will say a lot about your business. If you have any questions about boxes or other shipping materials, please contact us at Capitol City Container Corp. Our family-owned business offers firstclass materials for all your shipping needs.