The rise of the Internet paved the way to the convenience of online shopping. The wide reach of the Web enabled consumers to purchase both their needs and wants at the comforts of their homes.
However, in some unfortunate instances, not all things that shoppers have “added to their carts” arrive to their doorstep in mint condition, something that may be blamed to careless shipment preparations. For this reason, shipping and packaging businesses, as well as online sellers on different websites, are advised to adhere to the following simple tips for boxing goods:
- Size matters. It is important to choose a box with enough room for cushioning materials. The key term in this is enough room—the box should not be too large that its contents start moving loosely inside.
- Proper cushioning. Whether in the form of newspaper, packing foam, or bubble wrap, cushioning plays a significant role in shipping. But while it is wise to place cushioning materials around delicate products, it can be dangerous to overstuff a box with these same materials. An overstuffed and bulky package can easily be damaged once heavy pressure is placed on it (like when a heavier box gets dropped on it).
- Sealing it the right way. The ideal size of the packing tape for packaging is 2 inches wide. It should be used not only to seal the box but also to strengthen the box’s seams. Using cords and strings is not advisable as they may get entangled to the different processing equipment.
Retailers should be mindful of how they prepare the shipment of their products, making sure that the items would not be harmed in this delicate procedure. They should do this with one thought in mind: Consumers deserve to get what they have paid for.