On the train home and see a book you like on Amazon? Two clicks and it’s on its way to you. Reading a cyclist blog and see a new inner tube you just have to have? Another two clicks and it’s yours.
Most of us use e-commerce on a near daily basis. It’s nothing new; e-commerce has been around in one form or another for almost 40 years, although it wasn’t until the 90s that businesses started to get involved on a major basis. Today, e-commerce is central to the survival of many businesses, large or small.
But what about the all the packing required, the packing boxes, the protective packaging materials, the postal bags? How do these affect business, and what needs to be considered when using postal delivery as part of a business?
The Importance of Protective Packing Boxes
The first and most important aspect of protective packaging in the cardboard box. The standard container for anything that doesn’t require a whole van to deliver, the cardboard packing box is the first line of defence when it comes to maintaining the integrity of your package.
Despite all appearances, there are many different forms of a cardboard box. It is advised that you go for packing boxes made from double wall corrugated cardboard, as these boxes will provide good protection for your goods while in transit. The strength of the cardboard also allows them to be stacked, reducing the chance of your goods being crushed in transit. When used in conjunction with other packing materials, the odds of any serious damage being caused to packed items is minimal.
Packing boxes can be bought in bulk to reduce the cost to your business; the economy of scale works across all industries. Be sure to check the specs of any packing or moving boxes you are looking to buy. It’s frustrating to buy a lot of boxes, only to find out they are unsuitable for business.
Choosing the Right Protective Packaging
The term ‘protective packaging’ covers a range of products. There are bubble wrap and foam wrap for covering items, mattress covers to prevent damage to that lovely new memory foam mattress you are getting delivered, paper packaging to prevent scuffs, the list goes on.
When deliberating over what protective packaging to use, consider the following: Are you trying to avoid scuffs? Is there a change pointed or edged items could come into contact with your product? How delicate is the product?
For larger, bulkier items, corrugated packing paper can be the answer. A general purpose packing material, the paper is made with raised corrugated flutes on one side to provide protective padding against scratches and marring. Corrugated paper is ideal for wrapping items of furniture or larger goods that may take a few knocks in transport.
For smaller, light items, tissue paper or newsprint cut-offs can be used, as the weight of the item means they will be held in place by the packing paper. On similar lines is foam wrap, the quintessential packing material. Useful for delicate materials such as glass, porcelain, or ceramics, foam wrap is great at absorbing knocks. Use in conjunction with other packing materials to provide the highest possible level of protection.
A Secure Package is a Happy Package
Heavy duty packing boxes and premium protective packaging are all well and good but if the packing box is not secure, the whole effort has been in vain. Industrial-grade packing tapes are essential when operating an e-commerce business. They have the strength and durability to ensure that the package will only be opened intentionally once it reaches the intended recipient.
Also, consider purchasing “fragile” marked packing tape for relevant goods. These packages pass through many hands, all of whom are trying to complete their individual tasks quickly and efficiently. This can sometimes mean packages getting a little rough treatment; marking boxes “fragile” increases the chance that your package is one of the ones that handlers take extra care with.