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Top 10 Shipping Supplies Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Hey there! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had your fair share of packaging mishaps. Maybe you’ve sent a gift that arrived looking like it wrestled its way through delivery or you’re a business owner constantly wrestling with the balance of cost and quality in packaging. Fear not! I’ve put together a friendly guide to help steer clear of the most common packaging pitfalls and ensure your items arrive in tip-top shape, whether you’re shipping out grandma’s cookies or customer orders by the hundreds.

Mistake #1: Not Giving CDs the Love They Deserve

Remember mixtapes? Well, CDs might not be the hot item they once were, but when you do need to ship them, using the right CD mailers and sleeves can mean the difference between “Wow!” and “Wow, what happened?”

  • Quick Fix: Check out options that snugly fit your CDs or DVDs, protecting them from scratches and bumps.

Mistake #2: Packing Paper? More Like Packing Afterthought

Ever opened a package to find the contents somersaulting? That’s probably because someone scrimped on packing paper.

  • Quick Fix: Use generously. Wrap items individually and crumple extra paper for space fillers. It’s a simple, eco-friendly way to keep things snug.

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Power of Paper Rolls

Speaking of paper, paper rolls are like the Swiss Army knife of packaging supplies. Need to wrap an oddly shaped vase or fill voids? Paper rolls to the rescue!

  • Quick Fix: Keep a variety of sizes on hand. They’re perfect for wrapping, padding, and everything in between.

Mistake #4: Weather or Not You’re Ready

Ever think about the journey your package goes on? Without weatherproof boxes, your precious cargo might as well be swimming to its destination.

  • Quick Fix: Upgrade to weatherproof options for peace of mind during those rainy season shipments.

Mistake #5: The Poly Mailer Misstep

Choosing a poly mailer envelope that’s too flimsy is like sending your items out in a plastic bag. Not cool.

  • Quick Fix: Look for high-quality, tear-resistant mailers. They come in handy for clothes, soft goods, and anything that needs a bit of moisture resistance.

Mistake #6: Tape Troubles

Ever tried using cheap packaging tape? Spoiler alert: It’s a sticky situation where it unsticks when you least expect it.

  • Quick Fix: A reliable packaging tape is your box’s best friend. Make sure to tape all seams for a secure journey.

Mistake #7: Shrink Film Faux Pas

Shrink film is amazing… when used correctly. Otherwise, it’s just a sad plastic wrap that doesn’t quite do its job.

  • Quick Fix: Wrap it tight and use a heat source to secure it properly. It’s great for keeping items together and adding an extra layer of protection.

Mistake #8: Padded Envelope Panic

Ever skipped the padded envelopes for small, fragile items because “it’s probably fine”? Spoiler: It wasn’t fine.

  • Quick Fix: These envelopes are perfect for that extra cushioning. Use them liberally for peace of mind.

Mistake #9: The Box Size Blunder

Using a 4x4x2 box when you need something bigger (or smaller) is like wearing shoes that don’t fit. Uncomfortable for everyone involved.

  • Quick Fix: Measure first, choose second. And remember, padding needs space too!

Mistake #10: Forgetting About Chipboard Cartons

Chipboard cartons are the unsung heroes of lightweight shipments. Not using them is like ignoring a hidden packaging gem.

  • Quick Fix: Use them for lighter items or as dividers within larger boxes. They add structure and protection without much weight.

A Few More Tips to Box By

  • Reuse and Recycle: Before reaching for new supplies, see if you have gently used boxes or fillers that can take another trip. It’s good for the planet and your pocket.
  • Test It Out: If you’re unsure about your packaging choice, do a drop test. A little shake and a gentle drop from waist height should tell you if your items are snug and secure.
  • Stay Updated: Packaging innovations are always happening. Keeping an eye out for new materials and techniques can save you time, money, and headaches down the line.

Remember, the goal is to ensure your items arrive as intended, without using excess materials. It’s all about finding that sweet spot between protection, cost, and sustainability.

Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Packaging

Whether you’re a seasoned e-commerce guru or just starting to dip your toes into the world of shipping and packaging, The Boxery is here to make your life easier. With a vast selection of supplies from CD mailers and sleeves to weatherproof boxes, we’ve got everything you need to package like a pro. Our commitment to quality, sustainability, and customer satisfaction means you can trust us to help you avoid those all-too-common packaging pitfalls.

Why Choose Us?

  • Variety: From poly mailer envelopes to padded envelopes, and everything in between, our range of products ensures you’ll find exactly what you need for any item, big or small.
  • Quality: Our packaging tape sticks the first time, our shrink film wraps tight, and our paper rolls are as versatile as they come.
  • Sustainability: We believe in protecting your goods and the planet, offering eco-friendly options like recycled packing paper and chipboard cartons.

In Conclusion: Pack Smart, Ship Smart

Remember those packaging mishaps we talked about? With a bit of know-how and the right supplies, they can become a thing of the past. Whether you’re shipping a delicate heirloom, fulfilling hundreds of customer orders, or anything in between, the right approach to packaging can make all the difference. So, the next time you’re about to pack something up, take a moment to consider your options. Your items (and your future self) will thank you for it.

And when in doubt, remember: We are here to help you pack like a pro, with everything you need from 4x4x2 boxes to shrink film, all under one roof. Happy packaging!

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