Remove labels from the box to be reused
Reusing a box is a great idea if you find it strong and ready to provide substantial safety to the items inside it. For that purpose, the older labels with barcodes and the shipping addresses should be detached. Not removing those labels can lead to the shippers mailing your package to wrong address.
Get free boxes
Shipping service that you intend to utilize may provide you the shipping boxes for free. Apart from this ‘free’ feature, the benefit of getting boxes from shippers is that they would be able to analyze your items and provide you appropriate packaging solution. The free packaging usually provided for smaller items and paper documents which are not usually packed in boxes.
Use appropriate tapes with strong adhesive
Tapes are very important to seal the package. When selecting the tape for package sealing, make sure that tape is not pressure sensitive and has strong adhesive attached with it. With that said, use of cellophane or masking tapes should be avoided. Even though the duct tape is stronger than cellophane or masking tapes, the big shipping companies caution against its use. Although the reason for this caution isn’t known, the use of this tape should be avoided just because these shipping giants caution against it.
Cushioning of packaging supplies inside the box is very important. For this purpose, packing materials should be used. Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper and newspaper are a few items that are used and trusted worldwide. All you need to make sure is that the items you intend to ship aren’t allowed by cushioning to move.
Keep an eye on shipping schedules
Based on an experience of even a few days back, there is no definite answer about shipping schedule you can provide. Shipping schedules may change and that is what you need to remember. Get latest details about when you can give your package to the shippers. Not consulting the shippers for asking about schedule can specifically go wrong if you need to deliver your item in a short time ahead of holidays or because of any other reason.
Track your shipmentThe big shipping companies provide you the tracking code that you can use to get information about current phase the shipment is going through. You can either call the shipping office to give them the code or you can use this code in shipper’s website to view the status.