Packaging plays a crucial role in protecting your products against falls, impact and weight crushing, during transit and storage. It is especially important when fragile and expensive equipment is involved.

Damaged items will not only cost your company time and money, but will also reflect negatively on your brand. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your products arrive at their destination in one piece.

Destination
Consider where your products are going and what climatic and environmental conditions they are likely to encounter. Understanding what you ship and how far it goes will help you choose the right packaging design and shipping method.

Handling and storing
How your products are moved around and stored is another essential factor that you should consider.

Smaller and lighter boxes are likely to be carried by individuals who may accidently drop them. Larger, bulky packages may fall from forklifts and loading drops whilst being transported and unloaded. Tall cases are also more prone to being tipped over.

During transit, your products may be stacked on the top of each other or come into contact with other goods. If your products are likely to be transported on ships, you should also consider the possibility of moisture damage to your goods.

Transport
There is no such thing as a perfect transportation method. Every method of transport comes with its own hazards such as exposure to impact, shock and vibration. You can minimise these risks by evaluating your transport method and addressing any potential dangers.

Packaging materials
Choosing the right packaging materials and construction techniques will enhance your products protection during transit. Packages made from high-quality materials are more durable and likely to withstand vigorous movement during transit.

With over 60 years of experience in packaging materials and design expertise, Macfarlane Design and Manufacture offers innovative packaging solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of our customers.

Visit our website to see how we can help you eliminate the risks of product damage and deliver significant savings to your shipping costs: http://www.macfarlanemanufacturing.com

References:
http://sierracases.com/blog/how-handling-and-transport-influence-case-performance/

http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/transporting-goods.pdf

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