Cardboard tubes and boxes are hugely versatile packaging solutions, but there are some things that you should remember if you want to ensure that your parcels reach their destination in tip-top condition and without costing you any unnecessary time or money.
Use Good-Quality Materials
Make sure that you choose the right packaging solution for the job and do not compromise on quality. Consider factors such as cushioning, strength and durability, and if in doubt, contact the experts at Holmes Mann for advice. Cushioning options for use with cardboard tubes and boxes include bubble wrap, air cushioning and packing chips.
Don’t cost cut on Expensive Items
It is especially important to invest in the best possible packaging when dealing with high-value items. Consider corrugated cardboard boxes with at least double-layered board to offer extra protection.
Strap If Possible
If suitable, strapping can be an excellent way of sealing and securing cardboard boxes. This is available for use with machinery or to apply by hand.
Use Strong Tape
If strapping is not possible, ensure that you use packaging tape that is wide and strong enough for the job. Add your logo or a message on to the tape, to show that extra care and attention to detail is being taken, and convey quality about your brand.
Use the Right Size
Ensure that you use the right size of cardboard tubes and boxes to ensure that both your products and your business budget are protected.
Use Cardboard Dividers If Necessary
Cardboard dividers can be used to offer added protection when shipping flat fragile items such as vintage vinyl records.
If you decide to reuse cardboard tubes and boxes, ensure that any old labels are removed and double-check that the integrity of the materials has not been compromised.
Choose Practical Packaging
Whilst packaging can be useful in spreading your brand message, do not allow this to compromise packaging safety. Pretty parcels may look great but will be of no value if they fall apart in transit or fail to offer the protection required during shipping.
Do Not Rely on Labels
‘Handle with care’ and ‘fragile’ labels can be useful and play an important role in transit and storage, but do not think that these are an adequate replacement for careful packaging.
Avoid Material Packaging
Do not use packaging materials made of cloth or fabric if you want to keep your items safe. Consider and use air fill cushioning and void fill materials to ensure the job is done right.
Check the Law
Ensure that it is legal to ship any questionable items, as sending prohibited or dangerous goods could result in prosecution as well as pose hazards during the shipping process.