Tags – Packing Parcels
The contents of any parcel being delivered from A to B are essential.
When you’re transporting a package on behalf of a client, it’s not only necessary that it arrives on time. Rather, it’s just as important the parcel arrives intact and safely at its destination.
Therefore, good packing matters. That’s why we’ve put together a few of our favourite parcel packing tips to help ensure your client’s parcels arrive in tip-top condition.
1. The Best Box For The Job
Packing a small item in a big box just means it’ll rattle around.
Needles to say, this puts it at a greater risk of getting damaged.
So, choose a box that’s the right size for the item you’re packing. It should fit snugly but not too tightly into the box.
Also, you want to leave enough room (about 2.5 inches/5 cm) for any padding such as thin bubble wrap or paper.
Alternatively, if you’re packing smaller items, try padded envelopes lined with built-in bubble wrap.
As a preference, if you’re packing liquids, place them in a waterproof bag that’s fully sealed.
Not only will this protect the contents, but in the unfortunate event that they leak, they won’t damage other items in the box or in your van.
2. The Fragile Items
If you’re packing fragile items like glass or other breakables, give yourself a better chance of getting them to their destination in one piece with a double wall box.
It’s a box with a layer of corrugated cardboard sandwiched between two solid bits of cardboard.
A box like this is more robust and offers greater protection for the item you’re packing.
The extra corrugated layer acts as a shock absorber when you’re in transit.
3. The Padding
There’s no point in packing your items in the right box and just leaving them to fly around without any added protection.
Protect yourself against potential breakages by using plenty of internal padding. This is especially true if you’re packing several items in one container. You have to make sure they don’t touch each other.
Examples of padding include bubble wrap, foam wrap or shapes, polystyrene surround or chips, or extra-structured cardboard.
4. The Sealing Tape
Protect your hard efforts by using substantial parcel or sealing tape.
Avoid domestic sellotapes for wrapping presents, these just won’t hold. Instead, find a wide, high-stick packing tape and use it to seal the box including around its edges and corners.
5. The Labels
Imagine getting your parcel to its location intact and the label has fallen off!
To avoid this catastrophe, label the package clearly and place it in the middle of the package.
If you’re handwriting on the box, do so legibly, and make sure the label has the correct postcode and address.
6. The Branding
Make it easy for existing and future customers to remember you by personalising your packing materials with your company’s logo, name and contact details.
7. The Wrapping Up
We hope having read this blog post, now know how to best pack parcels for safe and reliable delivery. Good luck!
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