Times have changed. Americans are no longer restricted with specific and strict work schedules. The internet has opened up vast amount of opportunities for entrepreneurs. So much so that a new home-based business is started up every 12 seconds in the U.S. If your business involves shipping products to clients all over the U.S. or even all over the world, learning how to package and protect your shipments will be of crucial importance. Corrugated boxes are usually recommended for shipping because they have an incredibly strong design; however, you can further protect your shipment with these 3 tips.
Tape the Edges and Corners
While corrugated boxes are designed for optimal crush resistance, the edges and corners are susceptible to getting dented or getting scratched up during the shipping process. Many couriers may not be as gentle with your shipment as you'd like, and you should always prepare for the worse. Expect the corrugated boxes to get tossed and thrown around.
To prevent the structural integrity of the box becoming compromised, reinforce the edges and the corners of the corrugated box by adding extra tape there. The edges and the corners are the areas that generally show the most amount of wear. The tape will prevent the cardboard fibers from getting torn and will reinforce the shape of the corrugated box. You'll find that the corrugated box can be handled much more roughly.
Waterproof the Outer Surface
Most corrugated boxes are made from water-resistant materials. This means that the boxes can withstand some exposure to water; however, the structural integrity of the box can become compromised if the box is exposed to water for long periods of time and if the water seeps into the cardboard. With that said, you can further strengthen corrugated boxes by applying a waterproof coat to the outer surface.
There are plenty of different ways that this can be achieved. You can try applying a waterproofing spray made from silicone to the outer surface, or you can even try brushing on melted wax onto the corrugated box. Make sure to get all angles and crevices, like inside the corrugated ends. If waterproofing the outer surface of the corrugated boxes seem like too much work, you should consider wrapping the boxes with plastic paper or sheets. You'll get a similar effect with much less effort. In addition, many clients may appreciate the wrapping.
Add Reinforcing Slats
To enhance the loadbearing capacity of the corrugated boxes, add reinforcing slats inside. This will help the corrugated boxes better retain their shape even when they are thrown around. The reinforcing slats also help distribute force evenly within the corrugated box to minimize any damage that may be caused by unexpected impact. It also makes the corrugated boxes more rigid in structure and less likely to bend inwards.
When adding reinforcing slats within the corrugated box, consider the amount of space that is available, as well as how you will be fitting your products within the box. You need to make space for the slats. The reinforcing slats can be made from a variety of materials, like wood, plastic or even cardboard.
If you want to expand your home-based business, client satisfaction should be a priority. You want to make sure that your products arrive safe and sound to each and every client. With that being said, you should consider reinforcing the corrugated boxes that you ship your products in just in case anything unexpected may happen during the shipping process. Just a little extra effort in reinforcing the corrugated boxes can easily improve customer satisfaction and your business' image and reputation. For more information about improving your packaging methods, contact a local packaging equipment supplier like Associated Paper & Supply.