Packaging such as pouches, plastic containers, corrugated boxes, and crates have the natural ability to offer some protection from the outside elements. However, when it comes to ensuring the safety of the contents inside during handling, you have to ask yourself—is a standard corrugated box going to be enough? Probably not.
A lot can happen during the many steps in the package's lifecycle. Consider whether the package is being;
- Shipped or Stored
- Shipped via plane, train, truck, or ship
- Handled at the final destination
- Impacted by being dropped, pushed, jostled, tosses, or stacked
Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to improve packaging handling capabilities, and it all starts with knowing all there is to know about your shipment—starting with what’s inside!
We've identified four specific questions you should ask yourself well before purchasing your very first piece of packaging. This will help better prepare your shipment for transit, handling, and/or storage and ensure that that the shipment survives this demanding process.
- Does my shipment contain fragile items?
- How heavy is my shipment?
- Does my shipment contain multiple, separate parts and pieces?
- Is my shipment oddly shaped?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you and/or your Packaging vendor choose the right packaging for your items.
Does my shipment contain fragile items?
If the items inside are fragile, a number of extras can help cushion and secure them. Just a few include bubble sheeting, foam, and loose fill materials such as Expanded Polystyrene Peanuts. Custom boxes and containers with built-in layers of foam are another option.
How heavy is my shipment?
If the boxes contained in your shipment are small and lightweight, adding custom handles might make handling easier for you, the shipper, the receiver, and the consumer. This is why knowing the weight of your shipment is important. Now, if the package is large and heavy, the shipping company might suggest packaging that’s smooth, roomy, and easily stackable for lifting by machine. In this case, awkward, uniquely shaped packaging is probably not a good idea.
Does my shipment contain multiple, separate parts and pieces?
Shipments that contain multiple parts can be tricky. If packaged poorly, the parts may bounce and shift in the box, which can cause damage to the parts themselves and the other components inside. In some cases, multiple parts may be shipped separately (which, unfortunately, will cost more) or they can be secured with special inserts, custom pouches, smaller boxes that fit snugly inside of the larger box, bags, plastic containers, and more.
Is my shipment oddly shaped?
Finally, not everything can fit perfectly inside a standard box, crate, or container. Many things can, but some things are just too oddly shaped for the “one size fits all” model. In these cases, customization may be the best option in order to make shipping safer and improve package handling at every stop en route and once the shipment reaches its final destination.
At Valley Box, we understand how important packaging handling can be. That’s why we have dozens of solutions to help improve packaging handling capabilities, from heavy-duty designs and custom corrugated boxes to cushioning, inserts, and more. Contact a Valley Box representative today to find out how we can help improve your packaging handling capabilities and protect your bottom line!