Things to Keep In Mind When Packing Products

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When you are packaging items you might not take the time to carefully consider how important packaging can be to your products. Not only is packaging what protects your items, but it is also the way your products are presented to buyers, distributors, resellers or even customers if you ship directly to them. Take time to carefully consider the packaging that your products are going to be using.

Is the Packaging Part of the Product?

One important question to ask yourself before you select packaging, is how is your item or items going to be used? Is the packaging or even the secondary packaging going to be part of the item or is it there for organization and protection?

Another thing to consider, is the packaging going to potentially damage or spoil the product that is being put into it? Consider the amount of loss you might experience due to packing products. It might surprise you how different types of packing can minimize breakage and spoilage of certain items.

Where Are You Storing Your Items?

Where the items are going to be spending a good amount of their time before being used can assist you in picking a specific type of packaging. Are they going to be stored somewhere humid? Will the humidity harm the items? If so, then you would need to pick packaging that was able to help eliminate spoilage due to condensation or moisture. This might mean using a primary and secondary packing method in order to optimize the shelf life of your items.

How Are They Being Shipped?

Knowing the method of shipping before selecting the packaging can help you to ensure that your products arrive undamaged by the shipping process. Different modes of transportation can subject your items to a number of environments. Knowing this prior to packaging can help you to select materials that will work well with shipping crates or bracing that is commonly used in shipping.

Remember packaging cannot do it all. If your shipment is temperature sensitive, then shipping through extreme heat or cold in an open air car might not be the best method to ship. Consider using climate controlled railcars or trailers in a case like this. Relying on packing alone could lead to lost product.

What is the Ultimate Destination?

Are your items going to a distributor to be sent out to a retail outlet or are they going directly to the customer for use? Knowing the end of the line for your items can help you to appropriately select primary and secondary packing, as well as shipping materials. If they are not going to be repackaged by a distributor or reseller then selecting more professional looking finished packing materials can help to improve your image.

Using experts like Cratex Group for your Industrial Packaging needs can help when making some or all of these decisions. Contact us today!