When you ship goods to a customer, your expectation is that the products will reach them in the same state you shipped them. However, this is usually not always the case. To avoid damage to shipped goods and keep your customers happy, you should take extra care when handling, packaging and transporting goods. This blog post looks at a few precautions you can take in order to prevent or minimize damage to goods in transit.
1. Proper Packaging
To avoid damage to your products, you should have your products appropriately packaged. While the packaging is the least expensive aspect of your product, if incorrectly or poorly done, it can cause serious damage to your products. Various goods render themselves to certain types of packaging. Always choose the right packaging materials and appropriate packaging sizes for your goods. The packaging should also be uniform throughout so that products can be packed and arranged conveniently.
Avoid using packaging that has a tear, dents, holes, or which shows evidence of water damage. You should also adhere to the recommended weight per package, which is usually indicated on the package. It is also important to ensure that every package is paired with the correct pallet size. When the dimensions are matched, damage to goods, especially during stacking and movements, is minimized or eliminated.
2. Impact Protection
Impact on packages could damage their contents. Sometimes the package may not be sturdy enough to adequately safeguard the contents inside. Any misstep could result in the package bumping against another object, causing damage to the entire contents. Incorrect stacking of packages may also result in the damage of the products, so will any accidents during the transportation of packaged goods.
For better protection of shipping your products, consider using biodegradable plastics, cardboard, paper, bubble wrap, and items made from cornstarch. Avoid using Styrofoam since it is very harmful to the environment.
3. Quality Adhesives for Sealing
Poorly sealed packages account for the main reasons why goods are damaged. You should seal your packages with strong tape. Consider using either water-activated paper tape, water-activated reinforced tape, or pressure-sensitive plastic. Since these sealing materials are strong and durable, they are able to protect your products from potential damage.
4. Proper Trailer Loading
When loading goods on to a trailer, make sure they are uniformly and firmly stacked and that the weight is evenly distributed on the pallets. Every stacked “tower” should include packages and pallets with similar dimensions. For instance, for every three layers, there should be inserted a sheet of cardboard or other reinforcement to evenly distribute the weight. This makes sure that the gravitational downward-pull of the stacked boxes does not result in the damage of the packed goods.
Leaving empty spaces between packages could lead to further damage due to shifting. For this reason, tightly have the packages and pallets tightly packed to avoid shifting of packages. Generally, light packages should be stacked on top of heavier ones, while you should place dry goods on top of liquid goods to prevent damage from leaking.
5. Label Every Package
You should label all the packages clearly to ensure proper loading. While at it, use as few labels so as possible to avoid confusion. The labels should be easily recognizable and bright. They should indicate the type of contents inside, weight, and the address of the package destination. Print the labels on strategic places on the package to make them easily visible, even when stacked.
Loses arising from damaged products cost transportation departments dearly. However, with careful handling and use of appropriate packaging, you can minimize these damages. At the end of the day, your goal is to ensure that the packaged products arrive at the client’s door in pristine condition.