8 Areas to Consider When You’re Prepping Your Products to Ship
You’ve worked hard to create a product that
customers want, and sales are climbing each day. None of that is worth it,
though, if the products arrive at the customer’s location broken, damaged or
late. Properly crating and packaging your products is one of the most important
functions in a successful business — and one that is unfortunately often
On-time delivery of products, the way the
customer ordered, is pivotal to good business practices. Whether you’re new to
the world of shipping or are looking to improve such a vital part of your
success, you’ll want to take these points into consideration.
for Crating and Packaging
You rarely hear of a great shipping experience. Packaging and crating, when done correctly, should be an afterthought for the average consumer. One reason this might happen is that the shipping company followed a standard or form. The most common standard is the ASTM-D-3951, created by ASTM International. This document spells out the industry standards for commercial packaging. You’ll find everything from one-time shipments to multiple handlings, shipments via water or air and preparing your unit for indoor storage for up to one year.
for International Shipping
Countries and governments typically adopt existing standards, like the ASTM-D-3951, rather than creating their own. Companies are more likely to have variations of standards because their packaging specifications are designed for their products and customers.
Review the ISPM-15 for the globally recognized
requirements for wood materials thicker than six mm used for international
shipping. The standard’s wheat stamp, or mark of compliance, must be visible,
or customs for the receiving country can seize and store the package.
for Transportation in and out of the Warehouse
Common sense says you should place the crate (or other container) on a pallet before moving it. Using dirty or worn crates or crates with unevenly distributed weight can not only damage your products but can also be a safety hazard.
ASTM standards D-6039, D-6179, D-6199, D-6255
and D-7478 all spell out the specifications for crates of different materials,
from open and covered wood crates to steel or aluminum slotted angle crates.
These standards cover inside and outside handling.
In most cases, companies have a set of
handling standards unique to their business, plant layout, staffing and
Steps to Take Before Packaging Your Product for Shipping
Packaging goes beyond the box and filler.
Having the project information upfront is key to determining the appropriate
packaging. Some of the details you’ll need include:
- The destination of the package.
- The mode of shipping.
- The mode of handling the crate, typically a crane or forklift.
- The storage facility and length of time the package will be stored.
The answers to these points will determine how
you should pack and preserve your product.
and Departments Involved in Handling and Shipping
Full and proper crating and packaging pulls in
the expertise of many departments.
- Warehousing, as goods can be crated before the product is warehoused or after they are picked up and prepared for shipment.
- Logistics will coordinate the production, packaging or crating, and shipping, and will then track the shipment.
- Shipping makes sure everything is ready when the transportation arrives for the products.
or Goods Suitable for Crating
Nothing is too big or too small for crating and packaging experts like AW2 Logistics. Small parts can be consolidated and packaged inside a larger tote or crate, with a detailed packing list, so the customer knows exactly where to find each product. This reduces waste and cuts expenses.
Equipment or large products that exceed the
average crane capacity are no problem, either. AW2 will use an external rigger,
along with the proper hardwood and hybrid timber materials for the unit’s exact
size and weight.
Benefits of Working with a Professional Packaging Company Like AW2 Logistics
As a third-party logistics solutions specialist, the staff at AW2 have experience in both domestic and export crating. Send them the information about the package, destination, shipping, handling and storage, and they will custom design a packaging solution for your product or project.
If you have a larger “Break Bulk” piece, AW2
will give you the exact specifications and pricing for inland transportation
permits. Two inches of packaging can lead to exponentially higher prices for
your oversize permits.
That Benefit from Crating Services with AW2
While AW2 Logistics can work with any product, in any industry, staff specialize in crating and packaging for the following industries:
Working with AW2 Logistics for your next
crating and packaging project saves you from researching and meeting shipping
standards, creating extra work for a variety of departments and unnecessary
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