3 Ways to Protect Freight from Damage or Loss During Shipment
on June 10, 2016
If you want to protect your business and your client relationships, make sure you take every step possible to avoid problems during the shipping process.
If your product gets damaged or lost on its way to your client, you know this can result in some heavy costs for you. Not only do you have to replace the original order and eat the costs of the original, you can lose a business relationship. To avoid these consequences, make sure you’re doing at least these three things to ensure your shipment arrives as it should:
- Choose the right packaging. This is the most important detail when it comes to protecting your product from damage. Depending on the object and the materials it’s made with, protective packaging can become complex. At its simplest, however, make sure the container is the right size for your material(s). It should be durable enough to handle the weight, big enough to enclose it with protective measures, and small enough to keep your item from shifting. The proper cushioning will be key here.If there is any chance of corrosion during shipment, you’ll want to address this, too. Humidity and other forms of moisture can destroy certain materials like metals.The most surefire way to know that your item is appropriately protected is to work with an industrial packaging vendor. Companies like Packnet expertly address standard and custom packaging solutions, and they also offer corrosion protection.
- Labeling. It is extremely frustrating when a shipment lands in the wrong place because something as simple as the label created issues. Remember that you have to:
- Completely cover or remove old labels
- Only use one label
- Position the label on the obvious top of the container
- Avoid placing labels on box seams or over sealing tape
- Insert a duplicate form of the address information inside the container
- Ensure that a return address is clearly visible on the label.
- Screen your carrier. Working with a reliable carrier will also make a huge difference for you – don’t forget that you can make inquiries and inspect carrier vehicles. You should ask your transportation partner several questions before using them:
- Do you conduct background checks on receiving, warehouse, and storage personnel?
- What is the current claims rate?
- What quality industry standards do you adhere to?
- How do you transport cargo within the facility?
- How do you secure your facility?
- Are your shipping and receiving operations separate?
- How new and modern is the carrier’s equipment?
- Do you do dock checks?
- Are you TAPA certified?
Taking a few proactive steps to cover all of your bases will help protect your shipments from damage or loss, and keep you in healthy relationships with your business partners. For more information on how an industrial packaging company will protect you, contact Packnet at 952-944-9124 or fill out a form for a free assessment. We have numerous options for every type of package need. If your object is oversized, we can package it at your facility. Let us know how we can help you today.