Logistics Tips for Packaging Your Freight for Shipping

Sep 04, 2020

Our Western Peaks Logistics couriers pick up hundreds of packages in Salt Lake City, Denver and Boise. We know everyone tries their best when packaging their freight, but sometimes it’s not done as safely as it could be.

Our carriers are the experts in packaging and shipping freight, so we want to share with you some tips for how best to protect your items and get them where you need them to go.

Choose a strong, sturdy box.

Especially if you ship packages infrequently, you may be tempted to use whatever box you have lying around because you don’t want to take the time and trouble to get a better one, but that might not be your best choice. Like sunscreen, seat belts, bicycle helmets and other safety features, a sturdy box is your freight’s first defense against damage.

Plus, if your old box has words or pictures printed on it, or old shipping labels, this can hinder the shipping process.

If you ship lots of packages, you probably have a full inventory of different-sized boxes. But even if you don’t, it’s good to keep some on hand. It saves time when you want to ship something in a hurry.

Check with our logistics team for specifications regarding sizing and pricing. An inch or two can sometimes mean the difference between saving a few bucks and paying a higher rate.

At the same time, try to avoid stuffing more into a box than it holds. Bulging packages and poorly insulated freight have a greater chance of suffering damage.

Use good packing materials

Packing peanuts are great, and so is bubble wrap, but they’re even better when used along with packing paper. Years ago we called this “newspaper,” but that is hard to find now. Packing paper is available in bulk from manufacturers online, or in smaller quantities from retail stores such as Home Depot.

Regardless of which material you choose, it’s important to fill all the empty space in your container with packing material. The goal of packing material is to insulate and protect your freight, and keep it from sliding around inside the box. Try to add a little extra material to account for settling during shipment.

Seal your packages adequately.

Even if you only ship packages once a year, it’s worth it to invest in a good roll of clear packing tape. If you ship frequently, get a taping tool — it’s much faster and easier to use.

Be sure to tape not just the top and bottom of the box, but the edges and corners as well. It’s the best way to protect your freight.

When you use Western Peaks Logistics’ warehouse services, you can opt for packaging services as well. Never worry about how or if your products will get to their destinations safely and on time. Our distributors, couriers and carriers are some of the best in the industry, and we carry packages throughout Utah, Colorado and Boise. Call us today for details on warehouse and packing services.

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