Packaging Tips

May 29th, 2012 by

Have you ever received a package that was damaged?  The shipping system is not a very gentle place.  Millions of packages are moved each day with high speed conveyor belts and fork lifts.  They are thrown from truck to belt and back again.  When someone comes in with a package that seems like it may need some “help” we always ask, “If this fell off a conveyor belt eight feet in the air and hit a concrete floor, would it survive?  If the answer is no, then we need to repack it.

There are two keys to enuring your treasures aren’t damaged in transit:

  • No movement
  • Sufficient cushioning

First, be sure yout item won’t move around in the box.  Depending on how fragile the item is (see the next point) you can use wadded up paper, styrofoam peanuts, etc. to fill in the empty spaces around the item.  No movement means the item stays in place no matter what direction is tipped in or if it tumbles or is thrown.

Next, you need to know how fragile, or breakable, the item is.  Books are obviously non-fragile and crystal stemware is obviously extremely fragile.  But there is a whole slew of gradations in between.  Plastic can crack, metal can bend, etc.  There needs to be sufficient cushioning material around the item to ensure shock is absorbed if the box is dropped.  Tissue paper does not absorb shock!  It’s best to use bubble wrap and/or styrooam peanuts.  Depending on how fragile the item is, we sometimes line the box with styro or even double box.

Your best bet is to leave the packing to the pros here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill.  We have the knowledge, expertise, and materials to ensure your treasure arrive at their destination safely!