The two most important things for sending a parcel is to firstly find a cheap courier, through sites such as Rapid Parcel. The second is to find ways to keep your parcel secured. It is not just the security of the item parcelled up that you should consider, but also of the parcel itself. You don’t want it to get lost in transit, or find that it has been undelivered.
Here are 10 packaging tips to keep your parcel secured:
1. Packages should not include any loose items. Remember this when you are wrapping yours, and avoid using folds, handles, string, and anything else that is loose. If you want or need to use them, then ensure they are well taped down to the package so that no part of them can come loose.
2. If you are strapping parcels together, make sure they are strapped tightly. The same could be said for simply wrapping the parcel. You need to ensure that the package is wrapped as tight as possible.
3. Ensure the stability of your parcel. Make sure it is well secured, and that the weight is spread as evenly as possible to avoid it being turned over and broken.
4. Avoid complicated packaging. It tends to be easier to keep a parcel secured in simple packaging, and it is also usually less expensive.
5. Keep the postage label face up. In some cases this may be impossible or just plain awkward, but just make sure that the label is on a surface that is flat, and easy to see and read.
6. Do not cover the label with sticky tape or ties. This is important, as the label needs to be easy to read. They are generally scanned electronically, and sticky tape may make it unreadable. The same goes for ties, no matter how small and thin they are.
7. Do not use plastic pockets or film for your postage label. A lot of people do this in order to keep the label clean and dry, thinking it is a big help. In some cases you may be correct, but sometimes the extra layer interferes with the electronic reader, making it harder to scan.
8. Allow one label per parcel. This may seem obvious, but make sure that you do. If you are recycling packaging that has been used before, make sure any and all labels have been removed first. Having multiple labels may cause confusion, and may cause your package to be sent to the wrong address.
9. Make sure you have the address right. A pretty simple step to ensure, but double check that you have not made an error. A simple wrong number or street name can cause the package to be delivered to the wrong address.
10. Our last tip here, and possibly the most important, is to make sure, especially if you are sending valuable or breakable items, that they have enough protection and padding in there. It could also be a good idea to mark your package as breakable, somewhere the delivery courier can see. Whilst in transit, they will aim to handle your package as gently as possible, but there is always the chance that something could happen to break it. Just make sure it is wrapped up properly.
A lot of the steps above may seem obvious to you, but it is surprising how many people don’t think of. Most of the time it will come down to common sense – if you are sending something breakable, you will automatically pad it out to lessen the risk of breakage. The same goes for the labels, you will automatically put it somewhere that the delivery company can easily see, so that it doesn’t get lost. However, it is always a good idea to double check your package before you hand it over.
Sarah Harding is a blogger, copywriter and baker of delicious cupcakes.
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