SELECT THE CORRECT BOX
- Choose a shipping box/carton that is structurally sturdy and suitable for the items you wish to ship. We would suggest a double walled box. If sending a heavy parcel, ensure that your box will be strong enough to protect and carry your items. Always select the size of the package according to its content. Under-filled boxes may collapse in transit; over packed boxes may burst.
CUSHIONING YOUR ITEMS
- Always use high quality materials for your shipments. Consider strength, cushioning, and durability when selecting your wrapping supplies. Use expanded polystyrene chips, polyethylene foam, bubble plastic, crumpled aircushions or shredded paper to cushion fragile items. Make sure your items have protective packing around them to reduce the chance of damage during transit. Use additional cushioning materials to give extra support to smaller items. Fragile goods must be cushioned – place them in the centre of the box with additional cushioning on all sides. 50 mm of cushioning is industry minimum standard.
SEALING YOUR BOX
- Make sure your parcels are well sealed with strong packing tape. Pay particular attention to closure flaps on the top and bottom of your parcel to insure it does not split open whilst in transit.
- Gift wrapping is not sufficient for transit through the network distribution system. Remember your parcel will be handled numerous times from point of collection to point of delivery
ADDRESS YOUR BOX
- Write clearly on the carton, the full delivery address including post code and the contact phone number of the person receiving your parcel.
- All items must be packed into a carton/box or protected by bubble-wrap or cardboard depending on the nature of the item. If damage can easily occur due to a lack of packaging used, you may void any insurance claim. The best way to dispatch electronic items is using the original manufacturers packaging as a starting point and then adding further packaging for protection. We recommend all electrical items are double boxed. Place the electrical item in thick polystyrene blocks that do not allow any movement of the unit in the cardboard box, then place the packaged unit in your cardboard box and seal with thick tape. Fill your outer box with a layer of polystyrene chips and place the inner box on top. Ensure the outer box is filled to its limit and there are no air gaps.
- Ensure liquids are stored in leak-free containers, packed with a lightweight, strong, internal material and sealed with a plastic bag. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to surrounding items. If liquid is travelling in glass bottles, ensure that there is adequate internal packaging i.e. cushioning around each bottle, and cardboard separators separating each one. Also ensure that the glass is sufficiently cushioned top and bottom. Double seal any semi-liquids or strong smelling product with adhesive tape to avoid leakage
- Bad packaging results in damage – damage may not be confined just to your product!
- Always ship powders in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and packed in a rigid box.