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What To Consider When Packaging Your Products for Shipping

In an ideal world, every package would arrive at its destination in a timely manner and in mint condition. But the truth is, shipping is a bumpy, unpredictable process, and once a package leaves your hands, there's not much you can do to protect it.

But there are measures you can take before you send a package out. Preventing shipping damage starts with the packaging—the box, the materials, and the adhesive you use. Sturdy packaging substantially increases the odds of a package making it from Point A to Point B unharmed.

Here's what to consider when packaging your products for shipping to ensure your packages arrive at customers' doorsteps safely.

Pantero_Packing_Your_Products_1920The Box

The best box for your product is one that isn't too big or too small. You want to choose a box that fits snugly around your product but is also durable enough to handle your product's weight and large enough to accommodate ample cushioning.

Look for a box whose measurements are marginally larger than those of your products. The kind of box you need ultimately depends on the shape, size, and weight of your product. Mailers are ideal for small, lightweight items, for example, but for heavier items, you can get heavy-duty double-walled boxes. If your product has especially unique proportions, you may need to invest in a custom box.

The Materials

The next thing to consider when packaging your products for shipping is cushioning. Cushioning, also known as fillers or packing materials, are what keep your product from shifting around inside the box. Common fillers include bubble wrap, foam pads, packing peanuts, and packing paper.

The best kind of packaging material depends on the product you're shipping, and so does the amount of packing material you use. Foam sleeves and packing are common for dish and glassware. Most products use a combination of bubble wrap and packing peanuts.

You want to use just enough packaging material that your product can't shift freely inside the box. Don't use too much packing material, though, because restricting your product can also lead to damage.

The Adhesive

Most businesses use either tape or glue to seal their boxes. Glue has much better structural strength than tape and is ideal for sealing boxes that contain heavy products. Tape isn't as strong as glue, but since it completely seals flaps, it's much more efficient at protecting products from environmental hazards such as moisture and insects. The choice is ultimately yours to make.

Pantero has the shipping and packaging supplies you need to pack any product, regardless of shape, size, or weight. We can even make custom boxes—ask us about our BoxAwesome program. Shop with us today for exceptional products and customer service!


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