Improve your packaging process with Signet's top tips
When your products are on the move, their packaging can be put to the test. Potential rough handling conditions and the number of courier trucks that they're transported in are just some of the factors that could leave your products (and their packaging!) looking a bit worse for wear.
While you can't control those factors, you can control how well your products are wrapped, sealed and protected before they leave your warehouse doors.
To help you save valuable time and money, we have highlighted some simple improvements to help get your products to their end destination in one piece.
Some of the cardboard boxes have slipped off your pallet or your pallet has fallen over
Why does this happen?
While your pallet could be one of many inside a courier truck, there could be instances where there are only one or two pallets onboard. A full truck means that there are other pallets for yours to lean against and help keep them stable.
The way you apply pallet wrap can also contribute to a pallet's instability. Some common pallet wrapping mistakes include:
How can you apply pallet wrap to improve your pallet's stability?
A critical component of pallet stability is correct pallet wrap application. Whether you use a machine or wrap by hand, always follow the tips below:
- Reduce movement by doing multiple revolutions around the pallet's base and the first row of boxes.
- Ensure that there are no gaps or unprotected sections of your pallet by having enough overlap. Ensure that there are always at least 2 -3 layers of stretch film over the entire pallet.
Some of your items have come out of their cardboard boxes
Why does this happen?
During transit, your products could be pushed, slid, knocked or transferred onto multiple courier trucks. If your packaging supplies aren't right for the job or your cardboard boxes aren't properly prepared for packaging, costly product damage could occur.
For example, recycled and non-recycled cardboard boxes may look similar; however, recycled cardboard has shorter fibres. This means that the packing tape used on one may not be the right tape for the other, as the recycled cardboard's surface may not be as easy for the tape to stick to. If you use recycled cardboard boxes, a higher performing adhesive may be the solution you need.
What can you do to keep your cardboard boxes securely sealed?
- Choose the right solution for the job. Like cardboard boxes, packing tapes can also look very similar. However, what you might not realise is that the adhesives used on different tapes don't always perform the same on the many types of cardboard. If you use different types of cardboard boxes (such as recycled, waxy or prime), more than one type of tape may be required.
- Always give your boxes a thorough clean before sealing with packing tape — especially if they are stored in a dusty warehouse. Dust and dirt can affect the adhesive's "stickiness", which can cause the tape to lift and their contents to come out.
How your product is presented to your end customer can make a lasting impression — and product damage can affect both a customer's perception and your bottom line. While you can't minimise all of the risks that come with transporting products, you can control how well they are wrapped, sealed and protected.
To find out how you can improve other areas of your business, visit the Resource Centre now.