Shipping fragile merchandise is often difficult, but the right preparation can make a huge difference. Here are 10 great tips for making sure the things you ship make it there with no issues.
1) Choose a box that is rigid yet lightweight
The box or container you choose should be strong and rigid, yet light enough to keep your postage costs to a minimum.
Choose a box that is slightly larger than the item you are shipping. The box should be large enough that you can add sufficient protection yet not large enough to allow the item to move around.
2) Add plenty of padding
Add enough padding so that the items cannot move around inside the box.
Bubble wrap makes an excellent padding for just about any merchandise.
If you want to go green, you can crumple up old newspapers or break up old packaging. Just squeeze them into the gaps between the item and the box to hold it securely in place.
Be sure to wrap up small parts separately and place them securely in the box.
3) Get an accurate weight
Weigh your package AFTER you have wrapped and sealed it. The amount of postage you need depends on the weight of the package, so you do not want to guess here.
You do not need an expensive postage scale; a home kitchen scale will do the job just as well, especially if it has a digital readout.
4) Add the right amount of postage
Be sure to add the right amount of postage to your package. Without the right postage, your package may not make it to its destination at all.
5) Keep a variety of stamp values on hand
Nothing is worse than getting ready to mail your package and discovering that you do not have the right value stamp. Keep a variety of stamp values on hand so you will have what you need.
6) Print your postage online
If you prefer, you can print your postage online and save time. The online postage app lets you print valid postage right from your desktop printer.
You do not need any special equipment – just a credit card or other payment method, normal paper and enough sticky tape to affix the printed postage to the package.
7) Label your package Fragile
You will want to let the postman know that your shipment is fragile. Just use a large black marker and write the word “Fragile” on the box in several places. If you prefer, you can buy fragile stickers to affix to the package, or special boxes marked fragile.
8) Double-check the postcode
Enter the destination address in our Postcode Finder to get the correct postcode. Having the proper postcode will speed delivery and help ensure your package makes it to the intended recipient.
9) Add a return address
Providing a return address is very important, since it will allow your package to be returned if there is a problem with delivery. Place your complete return address at the back of the parcel on the top left. Use the heading “Return address” and write your full address clearly.
10) Protect yourself
While couriers makes every effort to deliver packages safely and securely, there is always a chance that something will go wrong. If you are sending a valuable item, be sure to insure it with the appropriate level of cover. This allows you to select a compensation value for your package and provides extra peace of mind should something go awry.