Shipping fragile items

As with any business, the product offered to your customers is really what keeps your business functioning. When it comes to eCommerce it’s extremely important to get your products to the customer the way both you and your client expects. With so many packages being shipped daily, your shipped products is just one of the many parcel packages handled by package and mail carriers. As a business owner it is in you and your client’s best interest to take any and steps available to get your fragile products to your clients without any damage.

Box size
When mailing fragile items the most important variable you can control is the size of the shipping boxes you plan to use. What you don’t want to do is buy boxes that aren’t big enough. The boxes ordered should be big enough to comfortably fit your fragile products, but also enough room to include protective materials. You will want to use boxes that give you at least an additional 1 to 2 inches of space on all sides of the product to add bubble wrap or shipping peanuts.

Protective packing materials
When it comes to protective materials, it is very important to ensure you have enough of it to effectively protect your fragile items. Its good practice to use bubble wrap to physically wrap the items, and use packing peanuts to act as a “bed” for a double layer of protection.
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Not only is it in you and your clients best interest to protect your fragile items from damage from dropping or mishandling by the carrier, you want to take into account the possibility of damage from rain or other weather related damage. It is good practice to wrap your fragile products in water resistant materials, like plastic bags or shrink wrapping. Having a liquid prof layer in addition to the bubble wrap, and shipping peanuts will give you and your clients peace of mind that the product will make it to its destination undamaged.

Proper wrapping
When wrapping your fragile items, it is important to make sure your products are securely wrapped and prepared for the shipment. It makes no sense to wrap your fragile items with protective materials, for them to slide out during shipment, and nor protect the item as intended. Its good practice to wrap your items using some packing tape to securely attach the protective materials to your product.

Avoid wrapping too tight
Depending on the items being shipped, it’s important not to wrap your fragile items too tight. Wrapping things like glasses, or dishes too tightly can potential add additional pressure that may cause the items to break from the added pressure.

Sealing the box
Once we have securely wrapped our fragile item(s) you want to make sure the shipping boxes used are sealed properly. Be sure to use a liberal amount of packing tape to ensure the box does not open during the shipping process.

Consider the distance shipped
Statistically the further your package has to travel, the higher the odds of it suffering damage on its way. Always consider the distance and add more protective materials to account for the increased probability of damage occurring during longer travel distances.

Package Labeling
Up to this point we have wrapped our fragile items assuming damage due to poor handling or liquid damage. It is a very good idea to label your package fragile, to let the carriers know to handle with care.

Insurance consideration
Now that we have securely wrapped our fragile items, and labeled them accordingly, insurance can act as additional layer of protection. It is in your, as a business owner, best interest to get insurance on our items just in case something goes wrong.