When planning to move or ship products, you often get caught up in planning and organizing everything, finding the right shipment company, picking the delivery dates, and managing the overall package’s cost. Amidst all this action, you miss paying attention to the most crucial part: packing the goods right. And before you know it, it’s either too late, or you don’t have the right supplies to pack it for the trip. Selecting the proper freight packaging is a fundamental step in safeguarding your cargo and minimizing the risk of damage.
If you often find yourself in this situation or are doing it for the first time, let’s help you get this right. Here are some tips and ideas that would be useful when preparing your delivery package for pickup.
- Picking appropriate packing materials and supplies
The most common mistake people make with packing is not choosing the right supplies. Although it is mostly just cardboard boxes, duct tape, and some bubble wrap, not everything fits every situation. Depending on the size and weight of your package, you need to pick a sturdy cardboard box capable of handling it. If required, add some supporting frame to increase its durability. Also, if you are dealing with fragile items, you need added protection with bubble wraps and foam beans. Not to forget that you have to keep them secure in a position to avoid any transportation damages. Going to a wholesaler for bulk shipping materials can save you hundreds of dollars.
- Being considerate about the size and weight
Most shipping companies use a standard pricing method by weight or by size. This means you must be cautious and find the right balance between protection and costs. Choose packaging boxes that are close to the size of your load. This also adds protection. But at the same time, ensure you have sufficient space to add a protection and insulation layer. Be careful about overfilling the boxes, as it can cause bulging, damaging the box and adding cost.
- Marking and labeling clearly
Once you have packed your shipment and ensured it’s secure, you can move on to the next step. Every year, hundreds and thousands of shipments are lost and damaged during transit due to insufficient labeling. Make sure you mark the package correctly for any fragile or sensitive material. Also, add ‘handle with care’ and ‘this side up’ labels, if necessary, to reduce the chances of mishandling during transit.
- Do some stress testing and customize as needed.
While following the tips and methods per norms, every item and shipment differs. So, before you hand your package over for delivery, do some stress testing to ensure it can withstand some rigor. You don’t have to go beast on the package, but a little push, hitting, and robustness testing would work. Also, wherever necessary, don’t hesitate to customize and make changes.
If you have much to pack and too much is going on, getting professional help can make your life easier. Packaging can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when handling a big or expensive package. Many logistic companies, including M&S Cargo Express, provide specialized packaging and shipping services. You can leverage the expertise of trained professionals to prepare the package for the transit. This would save you some time and give you peace of mind that your load is in good hands. Next time, whenever you are planning a move, don’t push packaging to the very end. Follow these tips and get some help to make it a smooth experience.