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These days consumers get more and more of their products from online marketplaces and retailers. The United States Census Bureau says that Americans have increased their online spending by more than $100 billion over the last 10 years!
Imagine how much more that will grow in the next 10 years! It’s time to open your own online business so you can get a piece of that pie!
But wait! Before you jump in and start making sales, you need to know how to ship your products so the customers get undamaged goods. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about packing and shipping before you open your e-commerce store for business.
Here is the brief guide
Choose the Right Size Box for the Item You’re Shipping
The first step is to pick the right box. At first, you might need to use whatever boxes you can find for cheap (or free). If you’re recycling boxes, be sure the box isn’t damaged or weakened from getting wet.
Once you get ready to buy boxes for your products, picking the right size makes a big difference. You don’t want a small item rattling around in a box many times larger than it should be. Also, for heavier objects, choose a sturdier box with thicker walls so you know it can support the extra weight.
Packing and Shipping Fragile Items
While all items should get packed with care, fragile items need a little extra attention. Make sure to wrap fragile items with some sort of paper or bubble wrap, especially if there’s more than one fragile item in the box.
Another important thing to consider is what you fill the empty space in the box with. You could use the old school packing peanuts, but most companies go for more sustainable options like shredded paper or bags filled with air.
Choosing Tape to Seal the Box
Sealing the box is one of the most important aspects of the packing process. Don’t cheap out or use your leftover painters’ tape for shipping boxes. Look for a heavy-duty brown paper tape instead.
Strapping tape is a great option for heavy boxes. Strapping tape has strong threads running through the length of the tape, making is stronger.
Labeling Tips and Tricks
When you print the label, be sure to include all the important information like the correct delivery address including any apartment numbers. Also, include the phone number for the recipient or for you in case the delivery driver needs to contact someone about an issue with the package.
Another great tip is to add a second label in the box. That way, if the label on the box gets destroyed, the carrier or logistics company, like Inloginc.com, can still complete the delivery without needing to contact you.
Building Your Business, One Box at a Time
The better you pack your customers’ boxes, the happier they’ll be. Since word of mouth spreads like wildfire (and it’s great free marketing), You want as many happy customers as possible.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you learned some things about packing and shipping goods. If you’re looking for more advice for getting your e-commerce business off the ground, check out the rest of our blogs today!