Whether it’s a gift someone ordered online or a supply order for a company, electronic equipment is often particularly expensive to ship. Unlike other materials like fabrics or textiles, electronics require specific packing and shipping instructions.
Things like temperature, movement, and the number of g-forces can make a fragile piece of technology completely useless. Luckily, following the best practices when shipping electronics isn’t tricky, but doing so requires caution and care. As long as the item makes it in one piece, there’s nothing to worry about.
Use Effective Packaging Materials
Box size indeed matters when it comes to shipping electronics. Corrugated boxes consist of heavier paper pulp, comprising three layers of paper that are cost-effective and can hold a variety of weights. Packaging electronics with protective packing keeps items from coming into contact with each other and the insides of the box.
Protective packaging materials include packing peanuts and air pillows. Lastly, many electronics boxes use water-activated tape, as it penetrates the carton material and creates a permanent bond with the carton.
Pack Small Parts Separately
It’s not the best idea to place cords and smaller miscellaneous items together and touching. If there’s an electronic device with many smaller components, keep them organized by separating them.
Customers will have an easier time identifying each part and preventing tangling and snagging. Cords and accessories should come labeled, as that creates a better customer experience when opening the package.
One of the best practices when shipping electronics is ensuring all packages remain correctly sealed. Examples include nailing down wooden boxes, using strong tape on cardboard, and placing padlocks on metal containers to keep them sealed up for travel.
Due to the demand for the latest pieces of technology, shipping electronics daily requires reliable shipping and packaging techniques to ensure proper security.
Ground Static Electricity
Static electricity is the bane of every electronic device’s existence. One small shock can completely fry a motherboard, rendering it useless. So take additional care when packaging any piece of technology.
Packaging electronics with anti-static bags or wearing an electrostatic wrist strap help keep the static electricity grounded. This will protect products from damage or complete electronic failure.
Opening a box to see a new smartphone or computer is always exciting for a customer, but the device should be in good condition. When you ship your electronics correctly, your customers will feel confident in your business, knowing that their shipment came safely and without a single flaw.