The Ultimate Guide to Protective Packaging

Shipping box with edge protectors

Receiving or sending a package can be an exciting experience. The anticipation of opening up a freshly delivered package starts with the delivery notice and builds up when you see your parcel at your doorstep. The last thing you want is to see a package in less-than-great shape. Poor or damaged packaging can affect your products and unboxing experience too. Once you send your goods off for shipping, knowing what kind of condition your package will arrive in can be tricky.

Protective shipping packaging can give you peace of mind that your package will arrive at its destination in tip-top shape. You can use various protective packaging solutions tailored to your goods and safeguard your packaging from shipping vibrations, storage handling hazards and weather conditions.

Custom and protective packaging solutions like edge and corner protectors are essential to ensure your products arrive safely and securely. The best protective packaging materials are robust, durable and convenient for various transportation modes.

How to Make Packaging Protective

Whether you’re shipping a package to another state or country, you want your package to arrive safely and in great condition. Strong packaging protects your items and makes your package more presentable and enticing to the recipient. Many people anticipate and enjoy unboxing packages, and you want to make people feel excited and at ease about opening their packages.

Various packages can sustain damage from shipping vibrations and collisions or storage facilities. Companies design protective packaging to safeguard products in shipping via air, ocean or road and ensure that products arrive at their destinations in excellent condition. Here’s how you can make your packaging protective:

1. Use Custom Packaging Solutions

Custom packaging solutions offer various innovative protective packaging to protect your parcels during shipping. Businesses use custom e-commerce packaging to secure and protect their packaging from any damage. Custom packaging companies can design protective packaging for your unique products and ensure that the items you are shipping arrive at your recipient without harming the product.

Custom-engineered packaging provides your product, item or appliance with tailor-made protective packaging, and it’s essential to use exterior and interior packaging that fits and protects your package. Here are some types of exterior and interior protective packaging to consider:

2. Reduce Space Inside Packaging

Your packages may endure bumpy roads, seas and oceans while in transit, which can cause your products to move around inside their packaging. Securing various products in their packaging, especially delicate items like glass, cosmetics and perfume bottles, can prevent your items from cracking or breaking in shipping. Reducing space inside your packaging can fill the void between your products and packaging walls to secure your products and help prevent damage.

You can protect your products with various protective solutions like custom-engineered fiber interior packaging that is tailored to fit your product’s size and dimensions. This solution prevents goods from moving around in transit, absorbs impact from bumpy roads or turbulence and reduces the risk of damage.

How to make packaging protective

3. Add Edge Protectors for Packaging

Receiving products in broken or deformed packaging can make people feel skeptical about the condition of their items and cost businesses extra time and money to re-ship damaged products and refund customers. You can use various protective packaging solutions like edge and corner protectors to reinforce your packaging and ensure it arrives at its destination in tip-top condition. Here are some benefits of edge protectors for stronger packaging: 

  • Reinforce packaging: You want to ensure your packaging is strong enough to withstand turbulence and vibrations during shipping. Edge and corner protectors provide an additional layer of protection to ensure your package arrives in pristine condition.
  • Optimized for shipping: It’s essential that your protective packaging is designed for shipping and can fit into various transport modes with ease. Edge and corner protection structures are made to fit perfectly onto packages of multiple sizes, even on doors and windows. They also do not take up excess space in transport so you can optimize your shipping costs.
  • Efficient and convenient: Shipping costs can rack up significantly if your packaging contributes to the weight of your product, costing you extra in shipping fees. Our edge and corner protection structures are lightweight and do not make your packing heavier, reducing shipping fees.
  • Sustainable packaging: Various packaging materials can contribute to environmental pollution. Various protective packaging solutions use sustainable and recyclable packaging materials, helping to ship your goods responsibly and safely.
  • Customizable: Finding packaging that fits and protects packages of all sizes can be challengingEdge and corner protectors come in various sizes and are customizable to fit large and small packaging.

4. Test Your Packaging

One way of making packaging protective is to put your packaging through various quality control tests before using and shipping it. You want to ensure that your packaging can withstand shipping vibrations and turbulence, handling at storage facilities or ports and elements like rain and wind it may face in transit. You can test your packaging using various quality control criteria. Testing allows you to adjust your packaging and make it more protective, durable and convenient should you need to.

If you want to see how your packaging holds up, you can put it through drop tests to see how well it absorbs shock and impact. They can also evaluate the durability of packing materials in various weather conditions and test how packing withstands load pressure. Many companies get their packaging inspected by third-party companies and associations that can verify the quality of their packaging. Testing your package before shipping ensures that products arrive safely and securely.

Packaging damage can harm your reputation as a company and cause shipment delays if your packing fails to pass quality control checks. Re-shipping products and reimbursing customers for damaged goods in shipping can also be costly and time-consuming.

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