Take the Right Measures
It doesn’t matter how high of quality or revolutionary your product is if it reaches the end user in a sorry state. A lot can happen from the point it’s picked up from your facility to the moment it ends up in the customers’ hands. You could ship something off in perfect condition but because it was tossed around so much on its journey to the recipient, it could arrive at its destination broken or missing crucial pieces.
So when is protective packaging necessary?
It depends on what the products’ specific requirements are and how well it travels. Different products have varying needs. Some items are extremely fragile while others are durable enough to survive most conditions. Here are some things to consider when determining if you require protective packaging for shipping:
THE TYPE OF PRODUCT
Not all products are created equal and therefore, have different protective packaging requirements. Does your product easily break when it’s dropped? Is it oddly shaped and may need customized packaging so that it fits well next to other packages?
Remember that when items ship together, they may be stacked or thrown in piles. Will the weight of other packages affect the integrity of your product? Does your product’s exterior need to be protected from scratches or chipping?
There are also many factors between point A and point B that may affect the product’s quality and functionality. Know your product’s full journey. Will it travel by bike courier, motorbike, vehicle, boat or plane? Will it be hand-carried? By knowing how your product will ultimately arrive in your customer’s hands, you can best protect it and prepare it for its journey ahead. While logistics companies do their best to keep our packages safe, it always helps to be prepared and think about weather conditions such as rain or snow.
You can choose from many protective packaging solutions. For especially delicate products that are breakable, consider multi-layers of protection. Think along the lines of bubble wrap, foam packaging, edge protection, loose fill, straps, and tapes. Choosing the right box also makes a huge difference in protecting your packaging, as do layers of padding or stretch film. Padding will help keep your product to stay put in the box. Stretch film or shrink film will help protect your product’s exterior while also ensuring all its components remain together.
Bubble wrap is one of the most recognizable forms of protective packaging. It’s typically made of polyethylene film and created from pockets of air locked between the layers of film. It’s incredibly lightweight and provides excellent protection from damage as it absorbs shock and vibration. Electronic items are often wrapped in the anti-static version of bubble wrap as it helps prevent static build-up that could potentially damage electronic components.
At Planned Packaging of Illinois Corp. (PPOIC), we specialize in industrial packaging & machinery. We are a full-service national provider and distributor of industrial packaging products and machinery services. Contact us if you need packaging and shipping supplies. From corrugated boxes to stretch and shrink film to pallets to tape – PPOIC has you covered.