It is not always easy to choose the right packaging for optimal protection of your objects. To avoid being the victim of damage or loss, here are some tips and recommendations regarding the few precautions to take to make a well protected and resistant packaging!
According to the Annual Report of the Postal Activity in a country, highlights the key figures of the following postal sectors:
- The total volume of mail items (folds <2 Kg) amounted to 9279 million items
- The total volume of parcels <30 kg by authorized operators amounted to 331 million items
- The volume of the postal distribution of the press amounted to 2.4 billion objects
Thus, every day millions of packages or folds are shipped.
Flights, looting, loss, crush, or damage of all kinds that is what can be submitted your mailings in general. To avoid, or at least minimize, these risks, it is important to meet a number of criteria to ensure a durable and successful shipping packaging!
First of all it is necessary to know that adequate packing is chosen according to 2 key parameters:
- The type of object/commodity
- The type of transport and/or storage
An appropriate packaging for each object!
It is important to choose the type of packaging for your different items to send.
So you need to choose a support that is suitable for them:
- Resistance (to temperature variations, shocks and impacts etc.)
Depending on these criteria, different packaging solutions are available to you:
- Postal envelope: cardboard envelope or bubble envelope
- Plastic bag
- Bubble bag
- Shipping case
- Shipping tube
- Carton packing (single or double corrugated cardboard, corrugated cardboard etc.)
Make a perfect shipping package
To protect your packages and shipments of all kinds, you must choose the type of packaging that the best custom shipping cartons suit your objects: a cardboard, an envelope or a mailbox adapted to the content, so the type of object (form, size, weight, fragility etc.).
Here are the 3 essential steps for successful packaging!
Depending on its fragility and shape (sharp angles or difficult to adapt in a conventional packaging for example) it is important to provide adequate protection. Here are some examples of tamping and cushioning materials specifically designed for optimal and protected shipping packaging:
- Bubble wrap: protective, resistant and economical, it is a very effective means of protection for packaging of all kinds (suitable for objects of all sizes and shapes)
- Kraft paper: This is a strong and highly tear-resistant packaging and protective paper. It makes it possible to wedge inside the supports in order to improve the resistance of your packaging and thus the protection of its contents
- Corrugated cardboard: cardboard is a light, rigid material, highly resistant to shocks and climatic variations, making it an ideal protection material
- Calibration particles
- Cardboard sleeves, protection corners, inserts etc.
To choose the perfect packaging size, you must also take into account the cushioning materials you add. It is essential that objects are stable inside the packaging without moving to avoid any risk of damage and breakage.
Once the objects are circled and protected (using bubble wrap, for example), place them inside the box or the mail box and fill in the blanks with stuffing material (using stuffing particles or bubble film for example).
Good to know: If you want to send different objects within the same package, we recommend that you protect each object individually and then place them inside the package in a spaced way by filling in the empty spaces with stuffing materials and of rigging. This avoids possible shocks between them and therefore the risk of damage.
If an object has protruding corners, double the protection and circle them with corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap.
The packaging carton (or post box depending on your needs) you have chosen must be large enough to hold your items without anything protruding, but it must also be adapted to the size of the contents to avoid movements that may provoke damage to the objects in question.
It is important to choose the appropriate packaging medium because during transport and storage objects may be subject to different elements and external disturbances that may more or less damage them:
- weather conditions
- temperature variations
- shocks, impacts, pressures, jolts etc. due to handling and type of storage
- Flights etc.
Did you know that defective packaging and inadequate or inappropriate labeling are the most common reasons for loss, theft and damage?
Labeling is the fourth important step in achieving a compliant and secure packaging.
The shipping label must:
- include the full address of the recipient
- be legible and indelible
- be correctly positioned on the packaging box (on the most visible side)
- be positioned outside the flaps and cannot be used in place of the adhesive
Here are some practical tips that we hope will help you make safer and more durable packaging!