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Holmes Mann’s Time Efficient Packing Guide

You’re in a hurry, and you’ve got to get that parcel packed and shipped in the next ten minutes, but what materials do you choose to ensure the contents get to where they need to be in one piece? Mistakes can be costly and can lead to dissatisfied customers, so follow this basic Holmes Mann guide to choosing the right packaging material for the job in hand.


Loose Fill

This is great for filling in empty spaces inside packages and includes things such as polystyrene peanuts and packing chips. This should only really be used for lightweight items that are not fragile, however, and never for electrical items. Polystyrene packing chips can create static electricity, which can cause really costly damage, so make sure that you choose one of the anti-static varieties that are available. If you are using peanuts, make sure you fill your parcel with enough to give adequate protection. Overfill a box slightly to take into account settling during transit.

Bubble Wrap

This is perfect for protecting fragile items but only if used correctly. Choose the size of the bubbles you need based on the size of the products being packed and the level of protection needed. The best protection for fragile items can be achieved by using two different-sized bubble wraps. Wrap the item in small wrap and then use a larger version to fill in the space around.

If you are shipping more than one item in the same box, make sure that each piece is wrapped separately and not in contact with any part of the box. All items should be at least two inches away from the walls of the box, and every item should have at least two inches of packing around it. This is the best way of preventing damage from vibrations and shocks.


These air-filled pouches are convenient to store, easy to use and give high levels of protection by filling voids in packages. They are, however, best used for light to medium-weight items. Heavier products could burst the bubble, leaving a cushioning deficit.

Double-Walled Boxes

Use double-walled, extra-strong boxes for heavier items to prevent breaks and spillages, and fill them with appropriate cushioning, such as large pieces of polystyrene or another foam structure. Make sure each box is completely filled so that items cannot move around inside and damage the walls of the box.

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