Once your product leaves your capable hands, its fate lies in the hands of those who are shipping it do its destination. While a certain amount of trust is left to the shipping company and its employees, you can ensure that your packaging will reach its destination safely with the right packaging.

The big dilemma faced by those needing to ship products is to go with a lighter and therefore cheaper option, or heavier (better protected) but more expensive. However, costs and an intact package should go hand-in-hand.

The best way to ensure this is to be strategic with your packaging planning. Don’t use whatever you can get at the cheapest rate – in the long run, that’s a costly recipe for disaster!

The right packaging will protect your shipment from any type of damage. Boxes are the natural choice, especially those that are corrugated, to protect from bumping and movement. The extra corrugated protection also helps to keep the product dry if it is in a humid environment or is set down in a damp area.

To avoid moisture damage from humidity that occurs inside the box, it is helpful to use desiccants which will absorb moisture before it causes mould or rust.

Plan carefully

Manufacturers can underestimate the volume of a finished product and may have to squash goods into its packaging; this is often the case with clothing. When the garments reach their destination they are crumpled and creased and need to be ironed before they can be displayed. This is unnecessarily costly and time consuming.

Don’t forget that travel consists of a number of changes in elevation. Air-pressure at high altitudes can cause plastic bags to expand and burst open, so take all of these changes into account when planning your packaging options for shipping.

If you have large shipments with many of boxes, then you could save money and reduce the potential of damage by using plastic wrap and pallets to create a large package that can be shipped as one.

Consult us when you need to ship products for the best advice on saving costs and the dissapointment (not to mention cost) of damaged goods.