Some parcels just don’t make to their destination in one piece for a number of reasons. Read what you can do to minimise it happening to your parcels. We only use reputable couriers and give a comprehensive guide to safely packing in our FAQ.
Leave a margin around the items you package. A space filled with a padding material means when a bumps happens in transit, then your item should be less impacted. There is a wide range of materials that can be used for this including: plastic air pouches, polystyrene, recycled fibre matting, and paper.
Unsupported weak points:
Some items are just weaker by their design. A classic example is a guitar, commonly breaking at the neck. The neck is the thinnest diameter of a guitar. To avoid breakage use extra padding around the areas at greatest risk.
Brittle ceramics, delicate textiles and circuit boards are some example items that need more protection then others.
Not enough cushioning:
If you allow the items to rattle around in your box… you’re going to have a bad delivery.
As goods are carried on roads they may get bounced or shaken. If an item is not securely held inside it’s package, then it may come out or get damaged by internal impacting.
Paper can scratch believe it or not. Newspaper scrunched into balls is a versatile padding material, it is not ideal for packing items with delicate surfaces. Glass and touch screens can get surface damage if in direct contact with paper, newspaper or card. Tough cardboard is perfect for tightly securing loose goods. For delicate surfaces look into using tissue paper, foam, and custom packaging.
Internal item support:
Objects like briefcases and handbags tend compress easily. To prevent surface wrinkles occurring in transition, pad inside your item well. Pad inside shoes, even though they are ideally inside a shoe box.
Do not skimp on the tape. It is far better that your customer takes a little longer to get into their parcel, then your parcel arrive empty with an open side.
Stickers on your parcel:
Using stickers indicating which way up your parcel should be held. Use stickers indicating if your parcel has fragile contents. Doing this means your parcels get treated even more gently.