Packaging your consignments may appear to be a chore for some, but it’s important we package them securely otherwise your goods risk getting damaged in transport.
We have put our top tips below for helping you pack your consignments:
Using the right box
Using the correct box is vital when you’re packaging your consignment. For example, if you’re packing small objects and placing them in a big box, during transportation, there is a good chance of them rattling. This means your goods will likely be damaged, especially if they’re made of delicate material.
To avoid this happening, it’s important you’re aware of what objects you want to package and the dangers they possess. For example, if you’re sending sharp or heavy goods it’s important to use the right box that can protect them and handle the weight. Therefore, choosing and identifying a box that is suitable for your consignment will prevent any harm.
Recycled paper, cardboard and brown paper can also be used to manufacture more environmentally friendly packaging options.
Wrapping and securing consignment
During transport, consignments are at risk of damage due to uneven roads, acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle, or handling of the delivery. To avoid facing these risks, it’s important the goods are wrapped correctly and secured properly within the vehicle. Firstly, when you place the contents inside the box, you must make sure it cannot move around. During transportation, make sure that the box is placed securely to avoid too much movement. This is a basic task to complete, but if you find yourself unable to do this then we suggest you hire a courier service to move your goods.
If the objects are fragile then make sure you wrap them up with bubble wrap before placing inside of the box. Bubble wrap is great to use for wrapping your consignments, as they have a unique ability to be lightweight, cost-effective and an excellent insulator against big impacts. Fortunately, bubble wrap is recyclable, and reusable too so is often the perfect packaging protection option even if you’re an eco-conscious business.
Also, if your consignment requires any special handling during the delivery, then make sure you add a label for this in a visible area. If you keep this label hidden or it’s the wrong label for it, there is a good chance the package will be handled incorrectly. If your goods are dangerous, then it’s absolutely essential you attach a regulatory label to it!
Measuring and weighing shipment
When packaging your consignment, it’s important to measure and weigh it correctly. Too often this is overlooked, but it’s an essential part of getting an accurate quote for transporting your shipment.
It’s fairly simple to complete both tasks, all you need to measure your consignment is a tape measure. Be thorough when you measure so you know the exact measurements of your parcel, this will go a long way as it will determine how your package will be stored during transit.
To weigh your consignment, you must figure out what scales you need. If you’re transporting a small parcel, then we suggest you use kitchen scales. For large objects, we recommend bathroom scales instead and make sure you weigh the package in grams/kilograms.
Where we come in, your courier service
EasyLink are specialists in linking you to your suppliers and customers nationwide through our same-day and next day delivery service. With access to 6,000 vehicles, you can be assured your product will be delivered safely, securely and on time.
Let us know the vehicle you need and give us a call on 01625 919 916 to discuss how we can help you Today!