Packaging and Damage Prevention Tips
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Safe packaging of your products is essential to prevent any financial loss that may result from potential damage that may occur from your shipment as it is shipped from one location to another.
Due to improper packaging or closure failure, insurance companies deny several claims, so your supplier needs to package your goods properly.
Boxes Use double wall boxes of high quality. These boxes should be able to hold their content’s weight securely.
Use a durable plastic tape that is at least 2-3 inches wide for light boxes. Using reinforced tape that is at least 3 inches wide for heavy boxes. Do not use scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape, or plastic tape for kraft.
Inside containers Goods should always be safely contained in a container, box, crate, or other secure package.
Fragile products should be individually wrapped around each item in bubble wrap or foam padding with a thickness of at least two inches.
Objects should not touch the internal cardboard walls. Use at least two inches of padding (foam, popcorn, kraft paper, inflated air bags, etc.) to cover the products, fill the box holes, and prevent transit movement.
The box should not be overpacked.
Any goods that may be affected by dirt or wet conditions should be wrapped in a plastic bag.
All products, such as textiles, that could be affected by moisture in a container (e.g. mould growth) should be packed with a material that removes moisture, such as desiccants.
Master cartons Sharp edges and protrusions should be wrapped or sealed on irregular objects.
Fill any empty space in the master carton with packaging material to prevent movement and absorb any shock the shipment may experience in the packaging instead of the products themselves.
Master cartons should be structurally strong and capable of absorbing other cartons ‘ weight (if stacked) or surviving drops (if falling off a truck). If you work with a fulfilment centre, there may be guidelines for the fulfilment centre as to how the carton walls should be corrugated. Play it safe if necessary and use cartons with walls that are as heavily corrugated as possible.
Pallets If your delivery is palletized, boxes should be tightly stacked on long-lasting pallets without hanging over the pallet top. Distribute weight uniformly on the pallet and ensure that the top surface is smooth to minimise the chances of boxes being harmed.
Before being placed on a pallet, all cartons should be numbered.
Remember that pallets shipped to a warehouse of Amazon FBA must follow the requirements of Amazon.