Freight carriers demand proper packaging to ensure the safety of your consignment. Proper packaging can help you protect your delivery from damage. Freight carriers will rarely pick up an improperly packaged shipment. Here are the basic guidelines to help you wrap your consignment correctly.
You should always package your valuables inside a secure box, crate or carton. Often, freight carriers don’t pick up loose consignments. Shipments consisting of several boxes should be placed on a stable pallet or in a crate. That allows the driver to use a pallet jack to load luggage into the track.
Pack Non-Fragile Items
You can pack non-breakable items inside sturdy containers or boxes. You may put items that may be affected by water or dirt inside plastic bags or closed boxes. Afterwards, use interior paddings such as foam pillows and bubble wrap to fill gaps in plastic bags. Tip and tell also help ensure that boxes don’t tilt during transit. Use durable boxing tape to fill the seams of packaging boxes.
Pack Fragile Items
Breakable items are packed inside new sturdy plastic bags or boxes. Foam pudding or bubble wrap are used to wrap each item before it is placed inside the box. For extra caution, you may put the first box inside a second larger box. Use cushioning material to fill the remaining space around the larger package. Avoid using newspaper to cushion or wrap fragile items.
Pallets are used when shipping several, heavy boxes. Begin by stacking boxes on the pallet squarely and avoid overhanging them. After arranging your loads on the pallet, keep the top surface flat to minimize breakages. Label your boxes before stacking them on the pallet.
Wrapping is critical in keeping your boxes safe on the pallet. Wrapping makes your entire load feel like a solid unit. Make sure your pallet moves as a unit without wobbling. Begin by wrapping the base of the pallet at least four or five times with a durable roll. Allow the edge of the roll to cover all the corners of the load and pull it tightly before it wraps around each other.
Labeling helps consignees and shippers to distinguish your boxes just in case they get separated. You may also add information such as bill loading number, shipping date, and consignee phone number to the package for easy retrieval. Use clear and easy-to-read labels, preferably prints. The label should be on the top surface of every box in your consignment.
Packaging involves the encasement of products with protective wrappings. Some of the common packaging materials include cartons, bubble wraps, boxes, and plastic bags. Packaging helps prevent damages caused by elements such as compression and vibration during transit and storage. Labeled packaging materials provide consumers with information regarding the product content. The packaging also helps a company to control the quality and size of its products. It can also be used to regulate prices and keep track of inventory. Labeled packages help differentiate a product from similar ones. You can also use packaging to promote product branding.