Sending an item with any delivery company requires the right kind of packaging for the right kind of item. Obviously any courier from a well respected or professional company will take excellent care of your item, but if incorrectly packaged, you could be adding to the potential of your item getting damaged in transit or poorly received on arrival.
Here’s a simple little post about some of the different types of packaging material, their inevitable advantages and disadvantages and ultimately the best way to pack a parcel.
First of all, because of the sheer volume of materials and types of packaging available, just choosing one can be a chore, never mind choosing the correct one for your item and the purposes it needs to serve.
Here’s a small rundown of some best practise techniques for finding the right type of packaging and also some information about the highs and lows of individual packaging choices and materials:
– Recycled packaging is a particularly popular item at the moment, mostly due to the conscientious ideals of most people. A lot of existing sellers use the idea of recycled or environmentally sound packaging as an additional selling point. Stuffing can be created by shredding old letters or forms, although this can often be considered as ineffective compared to less eco friendly substances such as bubble wrap. Recycled packaging comes in a number of forms, from packages which are bought recycled to actual, old parcels you’ve received, being reused. In either case its worth stating if you’re operating an ecommerce business, because it can make you seem more appealing in terms of your motives and ideals.
– If you’re beginning to sell on a regular basis then you’ll need to shop around for the supplier which best suites your needs in terms of quantity and products. You’ll save money on bulk buying, but it’s always best to order a small sample before you buy in the big amounts. Find the ideal size, shape and material for your item, whether that’s recycled or brand new. Once you’ve got the ideal package then generally it’s best to buy in larger amounts to save on cash in the future, although this does depend on what you’re selling or sending.
– Remember what the materials of your packaging say about you. Colour, finish and style are going to have a lot to with how people see your ecommerce business. For example, those selling technological items might want to go with clear bubble wrap as protection and a simple brown envelope style package to keep the idea of minimalism and professionalism obvious to customers. Alternatively if you’re selling vintage clothing then it might be best to consider brown paper boxes with tissue paper wrapping and something more substantial to ensure the safety of your items. Really though the main ideas of making the right choice are, getting the packing which is the safest possible choice for protecting your item and which also weighs the least amount possible, to save money off your shipping or delivery costs.
– Now, when it comes to packing the best practises are the simplest of things which not everyone considers when they first start selling items. The first one is having a single table in your home or work place dedicated to the wrapping and packaging of your items. This will save on time and effort every time it comes to packaging a new set of items. Next make sure if you’re selling things which you’ve ordered yourself, package them in the same room that you keep your deliveries in, which again will save on the effort of carrying items you’ve ordered into the packaging room. Finally make sure to keep work stations, store rooms and packaging areas clean and tidy after use, you’ll find it saves more time than you could have ever imagined.
All of these tips and hints for best practises when packaging items for shipping or delivery can help to make your ecommerce service far more efficient and far less stressful.