If you are in the planning stage of your new online retail business, you will need to make many initial purchases before you open the doors to the internet. Many of the things you will need involve supplies for packing and shipping your products. You need to take great care in selecting the right mailing containers, so your products will arrive to your customers without any damage. The following are a few specific containers you may want to consider for your products.
Mailing shipping tubes
There are certain products you may have that you will be tempted to ship by box. These may be rolled paper products such as maps or posters. You may have seen long boxes that may do the job, but these square-shaped boxes are not as strong as the shipping tubes. Mailing tubes also stand out, so they are less likely to get lost in transit. They are also available in various sizes, so you may be able to standardize your purchases around one or two sizes to save money.
Single-sided corrugated cardboard
This is cardboard that has flutes on one side and is flat on the other. These flutes are hollow tubing that provides protection for your product. This type of cardboard comes in large rolls, so it allows you to cut off a portion and make your own package. This is outstanding for shipping odd-sized products that are not suitable for standard-size boxes. The cardboard can be bought in various thicknesses, so if necessary, it can be used for items that are quite large. Since this type of packaging option is something that can be used to ship anything, you are always prepared to ship everything.
Standard mailing boxes
Although this is obvious, these boxes have to be mentioned because you will likely use several boxes for your products. You will want to buy as few box sizes as necessary so you can get the benefit of large-quantity purchases. However, you need to keep in mind that you will also need additional package materials for boxes to keep your products safe. You may need bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or shredded paper. One or more of these packing materials are necessary with all mailing box containers to protect your product from an impact, as well as preventing it from moving around in the box.
The best time to select your packaging is before you open your business, but if you find yourself already operating your business, take some time and look at what you are currently using because your current packaging materials and methods may mean a long-term problem. Damaged packages will result in returns. Much of this can be prevented with the right shipping containers and materials.