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How to Package and Send Fragile Items

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How to Package and Send Fragile Items

If your business deals with expensive or fragile items, it’s important to package them up correctly. This avoids breakages during transit and reduces losses through refunds.

Here are some top tips on how to package and send your fragile items to keep them as secure as possible to ensure they arrive safely to their destinations.

1. Choose the Correct Outer Packaging

The outer packaging is just as important as the inner packaging when it comes to sending valuable and fragile items. Make sure to use a box of the right size.

You want one that fits the items nicely and securely with extra internal padding but also remains as light as possible to reduce your postage costs.

2. Add Padding Inside the Package

Use bubble wrap, tissue paper, or foam inserts to keep your fragile items safe. If you’re concerned about the sustainability aspect of your packaging, you can use recycled paper or old bits of newspaper.

3. Seal the Package Tightly

Seal your package using high-quality tape to ensure that it cannot be easily opened. This is important for any business, but especially if your packages tend to contain items of high value. You want to minimize the risks of the contents of the package falling out and getting lost as much as possible. Securely taping up your packages also makes it harder for thieves to steal anything.

4. Mark Your Box as Fragile

You need to make sure that your package is clearly labeled as fragile. This way, the courier will know to handle it with extra care. You can do this by placing fragile stickers on the sides of the box, or by using fragile tape to close the package. If you don’t have either of these, you can simply write the word ‘fragile’ across the top of the box or package. However, there is a risk of the pen washing off if the package gets wet, so the former two options are probably better to go for.

5. Add a Return Address

Providing a return address on all of your packages will allow your customers to return their items if there are any issues. It also means that the couriers know where to return a parcel if there are issues with its delivery.

Print or write the return address on the top or the back of your packages so it can be clearly found if needed. Be sure to write the words ‘return address’ so that it is not confused with the recipient’s address.

6. Cover Yourself with Insurance

With any valuable item, you should always cover yourself. You can select specific postage options that guarantee delivery. The courier will inform you when the package arrives at its destination, and a signature is required to confirm delivery.

Be sure to ensure your parcels with a sufficient amount of insurance to ensure compensation will be provided if your items are damaged or if the package gets lost in transit.

Special postage and insurance costs a little more than standard postage options, but it’s worth spending that extra few pounds to avoid issues further down the line.

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