3 Tips for Fragile Shipping

 Did you know that one out of teen Commerce packages gets damaged during shipping? Think about that for a second. That's a 10% probability that your package won't get to your customer in the condition you sent it in. 

That number gets even higher with oversized packages. A jaw-dropping 21% of oversized packages are damaged in transit. That brings the odds to 1-in-5.

This can be disastrous for digital businesses, which have no other avenues for interacting or making an impression on your customers. 

To help you avoid the hazards of the post, we've put together some tips for fragile shipping!

1. Choose the Correct Carrier for Fragile Shipping

Not all shipping methods are created equal. That's not to say that choosing one shipment provider over another will make shipping fragile items impervious to harm. Some shipment methods are more reliable than others, though. 

It's a good idea to do some due diligence when undertaking fragile shipping. Read some recent reviews for the shipping providers in your area. Check to see if UPS, FedEx, or the USPS have a tendency towards positive or negative reviews. 

Use these trends as informal shipping advice. 

2. Choose the Right Box

Even though it seems simple, choosing the right packaging is so important for making sure your package gets where it's going in the shape it's intended. Choosing a box that's too big leaves too much room for the item to move around and get damaged. Choose a box that's too small and it'll be damaged just getting it in.

With that being said, it's nearly impossible to find a box that's the exact right size. With this in mind, it's a good idea to pick a box that's slightly too big and then use plenty of packing paper. 

Notice we mention packing paper not packing peanuts. Packing paper is far more ecologically friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. You can discover more on packing paper here.

3. Consolidate Shipments

Our final piece of shipping advice is to keep shipments to a minimum. Every package in the post increases the odds of something happening while in transit. 

If it's at all possible, try to put all of the items into one parcel. This also helps decrease the odds of something getting lost in transit at the same time. 

If you are combining shipping, make sure to use plenty of packing inside the parcel. Taking these steps will help ensure that your items get to your customers in pristine condition, guaranteeing their satisfaction and earning you a repeat customer! 

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