Have you ever wondered what happens to your goods after they leave your warehouse? Do you worry that the freight process doesn’t treat your cargo with the same TLC you do? The good thing is that in most cases, freight arrives unharmed to your final destination; however, it should be remembered that a loading dock or depot can be a busy and fast-paced environment which does sometimes mean goods can be dropped, bumped, vibrated or impacted. This can be especially worrying when it comes to dealing with fragile or easily breakable goods.
This is where bubble wrap and void fill come in handy: they offer a number of ways to protect and pad goods during storage or transit. You may remember us mentioning these items in our “Optimise Your Shipping” post – we thought we’d provide a little bit more information to help you select the best option for you.
While bubble wrap provides a good source of stress-relief, it is also a great way to pad and protect goods from shock and vibration damage. In addition to typical bubble wrap, new technologies have meant that bubble wrap is a whole lot more specialised. Here are a few examples of the different types below:
- Slit Bubble – pre-slit rolls for added convenience
- E Bubble – made from 80% recycled material for those that are environmentally-conscious
- Anti-Static Bubble- prevents static charge during handling and protects sensitive electronics from electrostatic discharge, shock and vibration
- Bubble Wrap IQ – designed with less materials making it a significantly lighter option which helps to reduce overall shipping weight
- Soft Cell Bubble Wrap – made with a 4mm bubble size making it an excellent alternative to lightweight packaging foam.
If you are not convinced on bubble wrap, the great news is there are a wide range of alternative options available. These include:
- Instapak Quick RT – handy foam packaging that moulds around your items to provide complete protection
- Fill-Air Cyclone – inflatable air pockets
- NewAir I.B. – inflatable bubble wrap (this is also an economical option for those that love bubble wrap but don’t always have the storage space needed!)
- Loose Fill Packaging (Mic Pac) – also known as packing peanuts, they are a light and anti-static solution for cushioning
- Ranpak Upak Packcentre – sheets of recycled paper that can be moulded to fit around or over products
If you’re looking for something even more advanced, there are also automatic void fill and protection options available. These include the FillPak TT which feeds out continuous pre-scrunched paper ready for packaging, and the PadPak which folds and creases recycled paper to create a cushion effect that is great for wrapping, blocking, bracing and coiling.
After exploring these options we may not recommend that you use your void-filled cartons as a football, but we can guarantee that your goods will be nice and protected during storage or transit. This will not only ensure the receiver enjoys the goods the way you intended, but will also help give you that extra piece of mind especially over the Christmas period.
Authors – Steph Hewish & Damien Sharma