Although you may not realize it, shipping with a freight provider or industrial shipper is not the same as using a per package service. Industrial service often come with different levels of service, costs and methods of shipping that you might not be used to, which makes it important to learn a little bit more about industrial shipping before you make any decisions. If you use the same packing methods for industrial shipping as you did with a per package service, you could be in for a world of trouble, including lost or broken packages.
Here are the basics of industrial packing to help with your next big shipment so that you and your customers have the total peace of mind you deserve.
Start with the Right Boxes
Unlike traditional shipping, industrial shipping is a very involved process, the first step of which is using the right boxes and packing materials.
A good rule of thumb is to start small. Anything that can’t fill a crate-sized box should be packed into smaller boxes first. Next, pack similar items into the same small box, and then fit all of those small boxes into a bigger box, or, better yet, a custom crate built by the Cratex Group. Grouping similar items together will reduce shipping confusion and will make sure all of your important items reach their intended destination. Finally, make sure to select boxes that can handle the weight of your shipment.
Mark Items Fragile
With all of your items packed securely into their boxes, it’s time to think about fragility. Fragile items must be treated with special care throughout the shipping process to avoid damage. If you feel like the items you are packing are too fragile for normal packaging, you should make sure to add additional padding to help protect them from the bumps and jostling that are common to the shipping process. Also, for a final layer protection, make sure to prominently label any sensitive packages as fragile. This will let your shipper know that they need to be treated with extra care.
Select the Right Packing Materials
Remember, your biggest enemy during shipping is allowing enough space for your items to move around. Make sure that any box you pack is completely free from empty space. Filling empty spaces with padding or support will keep your items firmly in place and limit movement during the shipping process. Before you seal up your boxes, double check to make sure that your items are snug and have a good level of support. If you think you may need some extra padding, packing foam, peanuts and bubble wrap can come in handy.
Secure your boxes properly with high-grade packing tape. You don’t want them popping open during shipping.
Use Pallets to Consolidate
One of the biggest fears when shipping multiple boxes is having your packages become separated, which increases the risk that some of them may be lost. To make sure that your packages stay together throughout the shipping process, you should consolidate them by placing your shipment is on pallets and is held securely with bands, shrink-wrap or stretch wrap. Not only does this add additional protection, it helps keep things orderly for unpacking.
Trust Cratex Group for Your Vancouver Transloading and Industrial Packing Needs
Vancouver transloading is a great way to save money on your freight. Custom crates are a great way to add protection to your shipment. Contact Cratex Group today for more information on your custom crating needs or for industrial packing for your shipments.