What type of packaging should I choose for shipping?

What type of packaging should I choose for shipping?
Darrius Drew
Storage and logistics
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Properly selected packaging will minimize the risk of damage to its contents. Not only the size but also the material of which the packaging is made is important. Properly selected packaging facilitates the delivery process and increases its quality. We will tell you how to choose the right type of packaging.

Why is the right packaging important?

When it comes to transporting small items, the choice of packaging here is not so difficult. Most often, it is enough to use a good quality cardboard box and use fillers. When it comes to boxes and cartons, the store offers different sizes and types, so you can easily match them to the goods being transported.

When transporting bulky items, the choice of packaging should be considered particularly carefully, especially if the goods are prone to damage. However, even if the goods are resistant to damage, if they are in unsuitable packaging, they may succumb to it. Therefore, it is best to assume that the product will not be handled properly and pay attention to the packaging. Especially international shipments are exposed to the risk of damage. Here, different modes of transport and a longer delivery process are most often involved.

What should you consider when choosing the packaging?

First of all, determine how many pieces of the transported product should be placed in one package. Then assess the size of the packaging so that the goods are not too tightly packed and there is not too much free space around. Both options can cause damage to the goods.

If the product is fragile, consider that you will need to place several layers around it to prevent damage and movement.

The most important thing is to determine the type of product and match it with packaging made of the right material that will maximize its safety. Estimate the weight of the product along with the additional protection. The strength of the packaging should be matched to the weight of the product.

Types of transport packaging

– The most basic, or cardboard packaging. They are versatile and cheap, as well as environmentally friendly. They work well on every stage of transport. What is important, they are available in many sizes and differ in thickness. This allows you to adjust the appropriate packaging to the item transported. However they are best for transporting not too heavy materials. It is worth knowing, that corrugated cardboard boxes are very durable, because several layers of material are used here.

– Pallets, which are wooden platforms on a rise. What is most important, they are very durable and multifunctional. Both small and larger packages can be placed on them. Pallets are designed for multiple use. Most often they are available in typical sizes (so called europallets), but also in non-standard sizes and shapes.

– Transport boxes, which are made of different materials, for example plywood, wood, OSB or fiberboard. They ensure the safety of the transported goods and minimize the risk of their damage. They are very durable and tight, and depending on the chosen material they differ in weight. Wooden crates are definitely heavier than, for example, those made of fibreboard. Such crates can be reused many times.

– Box pallets, a type of crates placed on a special base. They are most often used in the transportation of vegetables and fruits

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