If you've shipped a large box lately, you've likely run across the term "dimensional weight", or DIM weight. If your box was larger than it needed to be, this little phase probably cost you a lot of money.
How green is your distribution center? Your choice of packaging materials has a big impact on the overall sustainability of your operations. Here are a few tips to help you improve your environmental footprint—and maybe save some money in the process.
When it comes to protective packaging, shippers have a lot of options. And of course, everyone wants to keep packaging costs down. But the total cost of packaging goes beyond simple materials costs. Here are a few other factors that you may not have considered when calculating the cost of protective packaging.
What's the best way to protect high-value goods during shipping and handling? Items that are especially valuable and delicate—such as auto parts, electronics and industrial equipment—require extra care and highly protective packaging materials.
What's the best way to protect products during shipping? Unless your product is highly durable and fits tightly into the shipping box, you'll probably need some void fill, cushioning or protective packaging material to make sure everything arrives intact.
What's the difference between stretch wrap and shrink wrap? Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, but they are very different processes with different ideal applications. Many people say "shrink wrap" when they actually mean "stretch wrap." In a nutshell, shrink wrap involves heat, and stretch wrap doesn't. Here's how to know which is right for you.
Stretch wrap is one of the most useful and versatile materials in the packaging industry. Stretch wrapping can be used to:
Stretch films come in different thicknesses, known as gauges. How do you know what gauge of stretch film you need? Let's take a look.
Stretch wrapping is a simple and effective solution for palletizing boxes, securing loads and bundling loose items. But what kind of stretch film is best for your application? With all of the options out there, things can get confusing! Here's a guide to some common stretch wrap terms and how to choose the right stretch film for your needs.
Pressure sensitive packaging tapes are still the most popular choice for day-to-day carton sealing. Hot-melt and acrylic tapes are economical, approved for standard USPS shipping, and perform well for most packaging and shipping applications.