Whether you’re sending the smallest packages or the largest freight shipments, proper shipping preparation can help ensure the success of your shipment. Here are a few tips on how to get ready to ship both small packages and freight shipments.
Believe it or not, the type of box you use is a very important choice. While reusing a box may seem like a good money-saving idea, a box that has been used multiple times before isn’t as structurally sound as an unused box, and your shipment could be damaged more easily.
When packing your box, be sure to provide proper cushioning for the items inside the box. Different items require different types of cushioning material, depending on the size, shape and weight of the item.
Seal your package tightly with high-quality tape, and label your package effectively. Put all of the usual items on your label (recipient’s name, address, zip code, etc.), and if you’re sending the package to a P.O. Box, include the recipient’s phone number. Remember to cross out or remove any old labels or other items that could distract from the new label.
Similarly, preparing your palletized freight shipment also requires proper planning. When selecting your pallet, UPS Freight recommends choosing pallets that are sturdy, have closely spaced boards, and have four-way forklift entry.
If you are stacking multiple pieces on one pallet, be sure that all items are aligned in columns, and that nothing hangs over the edge of the pallet. Secure your items to the pallet by using strapping or banding, and then cover with multiple layers of stretch wrap. Affix the label (with recipient’s name, address, zip code, etc.) to each pallet.
Here’s a bonus tip: Enroll in the PMA/UPS Savings Program, a member benefit program that gives you exclusive discounts on a wide range of UPS and UPS Freight services. Enroll online, or reach out to the UPS Freight Associations Team at 866.443.9303 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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