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10 Tips for Shipping Fragile Items

Shipping Fragile Items UK

10 Tips for Shipping Fragile Items

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.

Parcelhub multi channel shipping software enables hundreds of growing businesses to save time and money on their parcel delivery.

Simon Wright

As SEO and Content Marketing Manager at the Whistl Group, Simon has over 10 years' experience in both B2B and B2C marketing, and as a result, offers a unique perspective on the pre- and post-checkout delivery experiences. Simon writes regularly for both the Parcelhub and Whistl blogs and is passionate about helping retailers make delivery their competitive advantage.

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