If you are the owner of a business that regularly ships fragile items, it is critical to know how to properly ship the items so that they don’t become cracked, chipped or broken in transit. Oftentimes, when you ship an item, the box or package goes through multiple different hands before it reaches its destination. Not only that, but the package also goes through multiple different machines too. Plus, no matter how big you write ‘FRAGILE’ on the box, your package can still become damaged, especially if you ship overseas and they don’t know what ‘fragile’ means. Here are some of the best ways to pack and ship fragile items for your business.
First and foremost, you need to secure the item. If you are shipping anything delicate or that has pieces that can break off during a delivery, you want to very carefully wrap the item in paper first. You want to use professional packing paper and you want to make sure that you cover the entire item. This will be your first layer of protection, but certainly not the last.
After you have the item wrapped in paper, you want to cut out a sheet of bubble wrap. Depending on the item, you want to use either small bubbles or large bubbles. Basically, large items should be wrapped in large bubble wrap and small items should be wrapped in small bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is used to ensure a buffer zone between the item and other items that may be in the box – or from external impact. Bubble wrap is incredibly effective at keeping items safe – no matter how fragile.
Next, you want to find strong packaging. This is usually the tricky part, because some items may have strange shapes and sizes. If you are shipping a smaller fragile item, you may be able to ship in a strong and protected envelope, but you want to make sure that the envelope is made out of thick paper and there should also be bubble wrap lining the inside. You can usually find these envelopes by searching for bubble mailers, which come in many different sizes. Another option is package the item in individual envelopes and then place in a large box. When it comes to choosing a box, you want the cardboard to be extremely thick and reinforced. Also, you don’t want a box that is too big, because the fragile item could bounce around and become damaged.
Lastly, you want to make sure that you fill the box with shipping filler. There are many different shipping fillers that you can choose from. In some instances, you may be able to get away with using sheets of packing paper. Otherwise, you can use packing peanuts. Packing peanuts can often be the most safe, because the Styrofoam absorbs impact really well. After you have the item safely boxed, you want to tape the box closed. You don’t want to use thin tape, because the box could wind up separating and opening, so you want to use the widest packing tape you can find. After double layering the tape on the box, it should be safe and sound to ship.