Although most companies are accustomed to shipping parcels or goods to be able to sell their products directly or ship them between warehouses and manufacturing sites, many of these companies are unaware which are the most suitable types of labelling and packaging for their parcels.
Whether you are a regular shipping company or a start-up, knowing how to label your parcels with the required information so that it arrives at its destination in perfect condition is essential knowledge.
Most transport companies request that the people sending the package print and attach the shipping label to avoid confusion and uncontrolled losses.
It´s the easiest way for the business owner to check that all the details figure correctly and for them to leave everything ready for the logistics company to do what it does best: transport and deliver the parcel.
But what are the optimum packaging conditions for a parcel? Although it may not seem like it, many people forget to protect their goods correctly. This results in orders containing broken items, boxes that open and other types of damage that lead to returns and therefore losses for the company.
It is important to take into account that parcels should be protected with air-cushioned bags, bubble wrap and other items to absorb any shocks.
Marking the parcel as fragile if the contents are weak is a must so that there are no surprises when the box is opened at the destination.
It goes without saying that it is essential to put the right shipping label on the parcel. And yet it´s one of the most common mistakes made. Where and how do you put the shipping label?
In the case of labels giving instructions on how the goods should be transported („put the box in this position“, „fragile“, etc.), these should be placed on all sides of the parcel to ensure that the logistics worker sees them.
To this must be added the label with the delivery and sender address. This is usually placed at the top and it´s very important to protect it from possible damage: some people use adhesive document bags, although it is sufficient to use transparent adhesive tape.
There are many types of labels according to different types of shipments, priorities or handling instructions.
This includes providing information on how to handle the goods: fragile, special care, maintain upright are part of this first large group. One of the most useful for businesses that work regularly with logistics companies.
Sometimes employers work with hazardous materials and they must be handled with special care. This will need to be clearly mentioned with appropriate labelling so that the carrier can take adequate precautions.
They are essential for every shipment: they include the destination and sender address as well as other information such as mobile phone numbers, etc. All necessary information is included so that the parcel reaches its destination perfectly and doesn´t get lost.
There is another type of specialised labelling, which is used for very sensitive shipments and includes information, for example that the goods are sensitive to static electricity or moisture.
This is a general classification of all types of labelling and packaging that exist today and that ensure that goods are treated in the best possible way and that customers are satisfied when they receive their parcels. Thanks to these labels, communication between the sender and the logistics company is made smooth and efficient.
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