How to Choose the Right Protective Packaging for your Shipment

Materials are shipped out on a daily basis. Carriers are the ones that convey parcels and packages from here to there and it’s easy to mistaken them for protective packaging.

Protective packaging is purposely designed to shield mailed items from any physical damage. In transport, packages are subject to dropping, rough handling and movement from vehicles, making them prone to damage. But damage must not be tolerated and must be avoided and in order to safeguard mailed items from any damages, Cargowise Back Office Operators of Back Office Offshoring Services have covered these types of protective packaging to help you packed properly the items that you will be forwarding.1

   1.Packing Peanuts

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Packing peanuts—also known as foam peanuts—have long been the material of choice for filling voids and protecting emailed items during shipment. Foam packing peanuts, known as a trading name for expanded polystyrene, gained popularity in the packing and shipping industries because it is lightweight and protects delicate items during the shipping process. It also provides good insulation to keep products hot or cold while in transit. While they may work well for businesses, for customers they are frustrating. They make the opening of packages messier and more difficult.

Despite its harmful impact on the environment due to the reason that it is non-biodegradable and the unfortunate fact that it takes a million years for Styrofoam packing peanuts to decompose, there are still many companies uses Styrofoam packing peanuts for shipping.

But recently, companies have started producing biodegradable packing peanuts which still provides the same benefits as their Styrofoam predecessors. Made from natural, non-toxic materials that dissolve in water but are slightly heavier than Styrofoam peanuts, though, and they may cause higher shipping costs. They also cost more to produce, therefore, they are slightly more expensive than traditional peanuts. Here’s a little bit more about packing peanuts:

  • They are included with items in bunches.
  • Packing peanuts serve as a filler to protect fragile items.
  • They can maximize in using empty space and closely surround the items they protect.
  • They are commonly included in cardboard boxes.
  • Packing peanuts also create a cushioning effect.
  • Packing peanuts have a lot of unique applications including holding nails in place.
  • They can push items down to make sure that it won’t slide and be properly surrounded and protected.

     2 .Bubble Wrap Bag

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Bubble bag also called a bubble wrap bag, is a type of packaging composed of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap can take many forms and is the most prominent one.

Bubble Wrap is one of the most recognized protective packaging products on the market ever since. Businesses that are selling and shipping products are aware of the importance of bubble wrap. It provides excellent protection for shipping or storing fragile and breakable goods. Bubble wrap air bubble film offers an economical solution for void filling, interleaving, wrapping and cushioning for a multitude of applications.

Bubble wrap is made up of tiny air bubbles providing a layer of protection from knocks and bumps. Whenever your item is wrapped up and is dropped, it won’t receive any damage because the air bubbles will absorb the shock, and spread the pressure among themselves ensuring that your items inside are looked after. The material is waterproof and dirt proof too protecting your item from all possible casualties. That is why bubble wrap is known as the most common and most useful type of protective packaging around. Here are some other things to keep in mind about bubble wraps:

  • They are also available in roll form for wrapping items.
  • The folder-shaped ones include an adhesive strip to make mailing easy.
  • They offer multiple benefits of protection and packaging.
  • It takes a great amount of energy and pressure to pop enough bubbles to make the emailed item unsafe.
  • It offers excellent cushioning while transporting delicate items.
  • It has extended protection if ever the items need to be stored for a longer period of time.
  • Reduces cost of packaging considerably because you no longer required to use other packaging materials.
  • Bubble wraps are recyclable and eco-friendly.

     3. Packaging Foam

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Packaging foam is known as the largest protective packaging category. It is because it includes a wide variety of products that can be shaped and cut into whichever form is best suited for a specific item. When an item is encased in packaging foam, they are better protected from accidents. Unlike packing peanuts, packaging foam tends to be denser and is much large in size.

Packaging foam acts as a cushion to protect your products from bumps and falls. Even the toughest mishaps can be avoided with high-quality foam that is specifically designed to the specifications of your packaging. And of course, it’s not all about protection. Another good about foam packaging is the professional element that it adds to your brand.

When customer unwraps your product and sees that it’s safely packed with foam. It simply increases the affinity someone has for your brand establishing a line of trust that you’re taking steps to ship their order safely. Here are more good things to know about packaging foam.

  • There is no definitive shape for packing foam.
  • It has popular types such as sheets, sponge rolls, foam rolls, and egg crates.
  • Packaging foam is rarely one standard as it is more diverse in its makeup.
  • It can be wrapped individually to one’s preference along with a particular item.
  • The packaging foam is measured by firmness.
  • It can be customized for the level of protection needed in a particular product.
  • It is simple, customizable, and programmable output reducing waste.
  • All foam products are recyclable.
  • It also has excellent cushioning properties and it is non-abrasive.

     4. Packing Paper

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Packing paper is a specialized paper used as protection from damages to the moved items. It is essentially clean, white newsprint keeping your item ink-free and best options for wrapping packing dishes, glassware and other delicate or smaller items. It is denser and sturdy than average paper, and it can take the form of butcher paper, kraft paper, and other kinds. Typically, available as rolls. Here’s some more information on packing paper.

  • It is currently used to protect a variety of packed goods.
  • Packing paper should be accompanied by tape or some kind adhesive to keep its place.
  • When using large volumes, adhesives become more optional.
  • It wraps closely around the product and provides perfect protection against scratches, dust, and dirt.
  • It takes up less space than other filing and padding materials like bubble wrap and towels helping you save space when packing for a move.
  • It is eco-friendly as paper products can be fully and easily recycled and biodegrade quickly when discarded.
  • It is still safe to use even for the most delicate possessions.

     5. Angleboard

Angle board is uniquely designed and engineered protective packaging product that provides its user’s benefits ranging from edge protection to interior reinforcement of packaging.

Angle board is made from a wide variety of materials based on the packaging environment and the strength needed. Angle board is designed for efficient stacking and palletizing offering a unique solution to your packaging challenges and providing protection to the products. Here are some good things to know:

  • Angle board increases the uniformity and stability of palletized loads.
  • It allows more products per pallet, reducing the handling and shipping costs.
  • Angle board reduces pilferage with the load unitization.
  • It also reduced product damage from crushing in stacking situations.
  • Angle board protects the product from edges from strapping and rough handling.
  • It facilitates higher applied tension in the edges for superior load stability.
  • Angle board reduces the indentation caused by the strapping.

Protect Your Property

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When it comes to packing, moving and shipping supplies, protective packaging is a must. Every shipping company is aware that the damage caused by lost products during shipment is a nightmare. We, in Total Back Office Solutions, are aware that there is no universal type of packaging that can be used across the product spectrum. Therefore, we keep the packages that we forward safe through the five types of protective packaging covered above. With awareness of the crucially of using the right protective packaging our Cargowise Back Office Operators has undergone Cargowise One Training Service to be aware of the difference between a safe and intact shipment and a destroyed one.