How do manufacturers protect their products while in transit?
Being in business is all about making money. This is why every step of the process needs to be monitored and evaluated to ensure that the most efficient and profitable option is used.
However, quality is also an important consideration. The quality of a product is what defines a brand and actually encourages future sales.
But one area that is often overlooked is how to keep this product safe in transit. When you’ve invested time and money into making the right product you want it to arrive with your customer in the same condition as you dispatched it.
This is why it is important to consider the safety solutions available to you. After all an item which arrives damaged can affect your reputation and your bottom line; you’ll need to send a replacement free of charge.
Keep it safe by following these guidelines:
It is advisable for any business to have transit insurance. This is because no matter how good your safety solutions are there will be some items which still get damaged. The insurance will prevent you from being out of pocket and allow you to confidently replace the item for your customer.
This is important to ensure your customer has the best possible service.
The next thing you need to do is put an inspection procedure into place. Most businesses have the final packer sign to confirm that it has been packaged properly ready for shipping.
By making the packer responsibility for this element it is much more likely that the job will be done properly and the item packed safely.
The most important aspect of packing is to use the right products. Anything being shipped should be covered in a bubble wrap or a similar product. This will protect it if it does get bumped.
The item should then be put into a box which is only a little bigger. The item should then be surrounded in foam pieces or something similar. This will ensure it does not move around in the box.
Of course, the box will also need to be sealed tightly to ensure it cannot open during transit.
The role of all this packaging is to absorb all the bumps that the package will receive while it is in transit. No matter how good the intention of the delivery service there will be some knocks and bumps.
Large manufacturers will have their own transit systems; this makes it much easier to ensure the goods are handled properly while being delivered.
However, smaller manufacturers do not have this luxury which is why they need to use high quality packaging materials. You therefore need to choose the delivery company which has the best reputation; even if their prices are slightly higher.
It is also a good idea to add the relevant information on the side of your packaging. Information should include the weight of the product, how many boxes can be stacked on top of it and the maximum height at which it can be dropped.
All this information will help to ensure the product arrives with your customer in the same condition as you sent it.