Shipping and transportation has caused many-a headache for businesses and warehouse staff as a result of goods that have not been prepared and packed properly. Being a leading Australian supplier in packaging, the team at Signet wanted to pass on some handy tips in an effort to prevent goods going MIA, and ensure they arrive accurately and in good condition.
Tip#1 – Use an appropriate carton
While it may seem like common sense, using the appropriate carton is the starting point of successful shipping. If possible, we recommend using a new box rather than a recycled box as a reused box can lose its ability to protect its contents and have suffered previous damage (such as punctures, water damage, tape wearing etc). Another key factor for using an appropriate carton is ensuring you have selected a carton with adequate weight limits/strength for your goods. These should be clearly indicated at the time of purchase.
Tip#2 – Protect the goods internally with void fill
Providing protection for the goods you’re shipping may seem like additional time and effort is required, but it will ensure your goods are not damaged during shipment, which will save you money and time in the long run. Fragile items will require extra TLC, but it is also a good idea to ensure each item in the carton is separated by void fill so that they don’t make contact during shipment and get damaged this way. The void fill world is rich with choices – no longer just bubble wrap! There are inflatable air pockets, mouldable foam, loose fill packaging, recyclable paper, and machinery that can create thick cushion out of paper or pre-crease the paper for you!
Tip #3 – It’s time to seal the deal
Securing your carton is a vital part of shipping as it makes sure the contents won’t move (if you’ve used our tips from above!) and that they won’t fall out of the box. These days you’re spoilt for choice with packaging tape with different widths, thicknesses and adhesive types – all to ensure you can find the best tape for your usage. For extra strength after taping the carton closed, it can be a good idea to cross-brace the tape either once around the middle of the carton or at each end.
Tip #4 – Easy Identification
Once you’ve packed, protected and sealed your carton, it’s time for some clear labeling. This can entail colour-coding, address labels and your supplier information. This is an important step as it will guarantee accuracy and save time and money by ensuring the carton’s contents are clear, and that the supplier and end destination are unmistakable. This is also a great tool for branding as customised labels are quick and easy to organise.
For more information about shipping cartons, void fill, packaging tapes and labels visit the Signet website or take a look at the other articles on this packaging site.
Authors – Steph Hewish & Damien Sharma