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A Look at the Most Important Packaging Materials You Need to Ship Parcels

Posted by on October 23, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

When you are in the business of sending parcels and packages to customers or business partners regularly, then you know very well that the packaging of your parcels plays a big role in how protected your parcels are. The materials you use can make a big difference in whether your parcels arrive at their destination in good and proper condition – or with broken or damaged parts. The good news is that there are all sorts of packaging materials you can use for the proper packaging of your parcels, but what materials are truly essential? Here’s a look at the most important packaging materials you need to ship your parcels – whether it’s domestically or internationally.

  • The exterior of your parcel

Of course, the item inside your parcel is the most crucial element of your parcel – but what you place outside, on the exterior portion of your parcel, counts for a lot as well. Make sure, then, that you choose a strong and stable container which can give ample protection for the item inside, and make sure that it is also the proper fit. You don't want anything too big or too small. Of course, the container or box you choose will depend on the kind of item you are sending, but there are plenty of different types of boxes made from cardboard or kraft board which you can buy in a flat pack and then assemble as you prepare your parcel. If you are sending small or delicate items, for example, you can go for sturdy white postal boxes that are not only attractive (important for giving the right impression to your customer) but also come with self-locking tabs to ensure the safety and security of your delivery. Here’s another tip: if you know the average size of your items, you can buy packaging materials in bulk in order to save money.

  • Your parcel’s protection

When it comes to protecting your parcel and the item within it, one of your best options is bubble wrap. You can opt for boxes or envelopes which already come with built-in protective materials such as bubble wrap, but this is most suitable for small or flat items. If you are sending a range of items in different sizes, it would be good to have a collection of protective materials that you can use for cushioning, such as the aforementioned bubble wrap. But whilst bubble wrap is perfect for wrapping items, you may also need other cushioning materials such as polystyrene chips or packing peanuts, especially if you are sending an item in a bigger box or container. These cushioning materials are perfect for filling in gaps, but if you want something more environmentally friendly, you can use shredded paper to fill in the empty space in your parcels.

  • The proper sealing

When you already have the correct container and cushioning materials, you should make sure that your parcel is properly sealed. You can make use of different types of sticky tape, and you can even have your own tape customised with your company logo to make it more official and appealing. Make sure, though, that the tape you use is as sturdy and robust as possible; specially made packing tape is ideal.

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