Packaging tips

Good packaging means safe receipt.

Packaging tips

Good packaging means safe receipt.

Every parcel is subjected to stress during transportation – for example, impacts, vibrations or pressure. Only carefully selected packaging can guarantee safe transportation free from damage.

To enable the packaging to be fully protective, the outer packaging, the goods and the inner packaging must complement one another and work well together.

Inner packaging

  • The inner packaging cushions the product and holds it in place. It ensures a distance is maintained between the individual contents and the outer packaging. The padding cannot be replaced by a high-quality shipping box.

  • The more fragile the product, the more important it is to have good inner packaging. Use soft padding materials for light items and more sturdy padding for heavy goods.

  • Suitable padding materials are, for example, bubble wrap, rolled corrugated cardboard or machine-compressed kraft paper. For very fragile contents, such as glass, we recommend using five or six layers of bubble wrap. Only use crumpled newspaper as a filling material for less fragile products.

  • Packing chips ‘flow’ under static pressure. This can create cavities inside the parcel, meaning the contents are no longer fixed in place. With this in mind, it is a good idea to spread the chips by shaking them around after the initial filling. You can then fill any cavities up to and over the edge of the box with chips.

  • Materials being sent that are sensitive to pressure or likely to break should never come into direct contact with the outer packaging or other parts of the contents. Fragile items – such as glass, ceramics or electronics – require particularly careful packaging. Ideally, the distance between the product and the packaging should be at least 5,0 cm.

  • If different products are included in one parcel, separating elements should be used in such a way that all contents are well protected against slipping.

Outer packaging

  • It is important that you select the correct size (bearing in mind parcel contents plus padding) and ensure sufficient rigidity when choosing the box for shipping. In general, no goods without packaging can be accepted.

  • The more sensitive to pressure and impact, heavier and larger the goods you are sending are, the more robust and rigid the outer packaging needs to be.

  • The original packaging a product is sold in is not necessarily suitable for parcel shipping. In most cases, additional padding is required between the original packaging and the packaging for shipping. In addition, the shipping label will damage the original packaging.

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes are particularly suitable for shipping. Choose the size of the packaging according to the contents. Cardboard boxes that are not fully filled give way and break easily, while overfilled boxes often burst.

  • If you wish to reuse old packaging, please keep in mind that rigidity may be significantly reduced in certain circumstances. For that reason, check the packaging for tears, signs of impact, pressure points or perforations. Do not use damaged packaging. Remove all identifying labels and address labels.

Secure sealing of the packaging

  • The heavier or larger the parcel, the stronger the sealing material should be. Make sure that your parcels are securely sealed. This ensures they can be transported securely and provides proof that it is the original packaging.