Hi. Shipping Box writing to you here. It's the holiday shipping season and once again, UPS expects to deliver millions and millions of packages worldwide. Help make sure I don't get lost or damaged by following the
tips below and preparing me for peak shipping conditions.
Pick the Right Box
The more a box is used, the more it loses its original protective qualities
and may not adequately protect your shipment. In fact, a crease can reduce a
box's strength by up to 70 percent. So start me off strong and
use a new or almost new corrugated cardboard box.
If you must reuse a box, make sure it's rigid and in excellent condition with
no punctures, tears, rips, or corner damage, and that all flaps are intact.
Shoeboxes, gift boxes, or other paperboard boxes are not recommended. The
journey to my destination can be quiet the triathlon, especially during the busy
season. I'll need to be packaged in something that can safely weather the
Be sure to remove old labels and completely blot out markings with a black
marker, too. I could get routed to a different destination if a scanner
reads old information.
Finally, save money by making sure you use a box that's just the right size.
Using a box that's larger than you need means you're wasting packaging and
spending too much on shipping.
Provide Internal Protection
During UPS's peak shipping season, millions upon millions of packages are moving through the UPS network, so things get a little crowded for me.
Keep my contents from rattling about during my trip. The
goal is to use enough cushioning material to keep my cargo secure so be sure to:
- Individually wrap items. Each item should be surrounded by
at least two inches of cushioning and be placed two inches or more away from the
walls of the box.
- Provide proper padding. Good cushioning options for
lightweight items include bubble wrap, air bags, and loose fill peanuts. For
light to medium weight items, tightly crumpled brown kraft paper is a better
option than newspaper.
Note: Fragile objects such as electronics, glass, ceramics,
and artwork, require special packaging for safe shipment. Talk to someone at
your local The UPS Store® to learn about other cushioning
Close Me Up Securely
Help me keep my contents to myself. Use a strong tape like packaging tape or
nylon reinforced filament tape that's two inches or more in width.
strips to the top and bottom flaps of the box where the seams meet.
Sealing me securely is my next line of defense after a
strong box and proper cushioning.
Use Proper Labeling
Finally, I need ID. My shipping label should be placed on
top of a flat surface and include both your name (the shipper) and the
recipient's name and complete address information on one label. Using separate
address labels could cause confusion.
If you are using a packaging slip, place it on the same surface as the
address label. It's also good practice to place a duplicate address label inside
my packaging, just in case.
For international shipments, include both shipper and recipient contact names
and telephone numbers. I'm going to be in foreign lands. Make sure I have
someone I can call if I need to.
Note: If you have to ship to a P.O. Box address, the
recipient's telephone number must be included in the label. P.O. Box deliveries
may be delayed, are not covered by any UPS Service Guarantee, and require an
address correction charge. Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO)
addresses are not accepted.
Happy holiday shipping season,
A Shipping Box Ready for the World