Shipping delicate items can present both individual senders and businesses with a number of challenges. Depending on how fragile the cargo is, there’s a very real possibility that it may break or incur serious damage while in transit. In many cases, senders simply place their faith in the hands of shipping companies and hope for the best. While it’s true that a large portion of the responsibility lies with the aforementioned companies, senders still have an important role to play when it comes to ensuring the safety of their packages. With this in mind, anyone who’s serious about protecting delicate packages would be wise to avoid the following blunders.
Not Providing Sufficient Cushioning
For items that are highly susceptible to breakage, ample cushioning is an absolute must. Cushioning is particularly important for items that are glass-based and/or very thin. Dependable cushioning can bear the brunt of impacts and provide protection against drops. When it comes to cushioning, your options are anything but limited. Bubble wrap is still considered the standard, but miniature airbags have also risen to prominence in recent years. Furthermore, when prepping your package for shipment, it doesn’t pay to be stingy with the cushioning. Most types of cushioning can be purchased for dirt-cheap from any shipping supply store, so cost should never be an impediment in this area.
In addition to cushioning, a reliable motion indicator or tilt indicator can come in handy when shipping delicate items. As the name implies, these tools are designed to log any extreme movements packages endure while en route to their destinations. This will provide both you and the intended recipient with a clear understanding of how delicate delivery personnel were in handling the shipment.
Not Providing Protection against Extreme Temperatures
Perishable items, machine components and computer equipment are often weak against extreme temperatures. As such, it’s necessary to provide them with the right level of temperature protection before sending them out. This means using insulated shipping containers or insulation pouches to help them maintain a consistent temperature throughout their journey. Additionally, when shipping certain foods, cooling packs may be necessary to prevent spoilage.
Not Using the Right Labels
If the package you’re shipping contains fragile cargo, it’s imperative that the shipping label reflect this fact. Unsurprisingly, delivery personnel make a point of being extra careful with packages with labels that read “Delicate” or “Temperature Sensitive.” These packages are often treated with a higher level of care and kept separate from packages that can endure a greater degree of wear and tear.
When shipping packages that contain delicate cargo, many people place the entire burden on delivery companies. Sure, most of the responsibility rests with them, but it’s entirely possible for mistakes on the sender’s end to result in packages becoming damaged or broken. As such, it behooves responsible senders to do everything in their power to ensure a package’s safe journey. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be an uphill battle – provided, of course, you’re armed with the right tips.