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Protecting items during shipping

In manufacturing part of your job is to ship your items to their destination. The challenge is making sure that your items arrive in one piece. The best way to ensure that your items arrive safely is to protect your items during shipping.

Here are the steps you should follow so that you can protect your items during shipping.

Step one:
Make sure that the items that you are shipping are properly wrapped. If the items are not properly wrapped there is an increased risk that they can break or become damaged during the shipping process.

Step two:

Plan ahead of time the shipping service or carrier that you are going to use to ship all of your items, using the same carrier all of the time can provide quality service. When choosing the carrier the best thing that you can do is make sure that you are comfortable with them, you also want to make sure that they provide you with the option of being able to trace any items that you have shipped. Cheaper or even cheapest is not always the best option.

Step three:

Ensure that you are using the right type of container for the items that you are going to be shipping. To ensure that you are using the right type of containers you can talk to your carrier to see what their recommendations are, this is important because you want the containers that you use for shipping to meet your carrier's standards so that they will ship them without any problems.

Step four:

Packing materials are something else that will have to be considered when shipping items. Using the correct packaging materials is important because it will be your best chance at protecting your items during shipping. For example, if you are shipping a single item that is boxed you can use air packets to protect the little box in the bigger shipping box. If you are going to be shipping a variety of single items you want to use foam or bubble wrap so that you can wrap each piece individually for the best protection during shipping.

Step five:

After you have determined what type of packaging materials, you will be using to protect the individual items you will want to look at the container that you will be using for shipping to see if you need to take extra precautions. More often than not, you will have extra room in the shipping container so you will need to take further steps to protect your items. What you are going to want to do is use some type of packaging material that will prevent your item from moving inside the shipping container during shipment. For example, you can use foam peanuts to fill up the extra space or you can use foam end caps to hold your items in place.

Step six:

If you are shipping items that are perishable you will need to take other things into consideration regarding the shipping process to make sure that you items are fully protected. You will want to ensure that your item is being shipped in the fastest time possible, this way it does not spoil or melt during shipping. To make sure you item does not perish during shipping you will need to use ice packs to ensure that your items are kept or if the need to remain frozen you can use dry ice, as long as your carrier approves its use in shipping.

Other tips:

  • If your items can be damaged by static electricity, you will need to use special products, such as 100% recyclable paper fibers to protect the item during shipping.

  • You can find all of your shipping needs at local office supply stores or you can get them through your local carrier.

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