Shipping is a science and an art. Although packing shipments is not the glamorous part of a business, customers will evaluate your shipping just as much as they do every other part of their interaction with the brand.
Here are a few tips to pack your shipments like a pro.
Selecting the box
What your product arrives in can be just as important as the product itself. Choose a high-quality or customized box. If you are reusing a box, make sure to strip off all other prior shipping labels to avoid additional errors and shipping delays. The last thing you want is a product intended for New York to end up in California. If you see holes, dents or tears, it might be time to retire that box for good.
Packing the box
Don’t just place the product in a box and send it on its way. The key here is to keep your valuable goods from shifting during transit. You wouldn’t want a picture frame to arrive scratched and scuffed. How you pack your product is important. Whether you are an avid user of bubble sheeting, foam peanuts, corrugated inserts or crumpled paper, choose shipping materials that will cushion and prevent your product from moving. Shifting of the product increases its chances of incurring damage. Spend the extra time to wrap and tape sharp edges or bind materials together. It’s a good best practice to place recipient details on the inside of the box or inner packing flap. Spending a few extra minutes ensuring error-free shipping, can save you more money and stress in the long run.
Sealing the box
It’s the point of no return when you seal the box. Confirm the right product and information is included in the box, your box is properly packed and then apply wide packing tape evenly across all flaps and seams (H-tape method) about three times. Your product has dramatically lowered its chances of falling out unexpectedly now!
Labeling the box
The label is like the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae. You don’t want to forget it. Firmly affix the label or label pouch on the package’s largest surface. Double check that all old labels have been removed. You can mark the package “fragile” or “glass” for an extra safeguard. Of course, there are no guarantees when boxes are being transported and shuffled around constantly between vehicles and conveyor belts.
Properly packing shipments can help avoid product damage, delays and negative experiences for your customers. Follow these steps to help ensure your product is thoroughly prepared for its journey. Check with your carrier for specific guidelines related to shipping. Visit Share A Refund for more information on how to easily save time and money on shipments.