3 Packaging Tips When Shipping Electronics
Technology is constantly evolving and many people are eager to obtain the latest electronics. Electronics are relatively fragile and often expensive, so it's important to understand how to safely pack and ship these products. Take a look at the following tips to properly package electronics so you can prevent costly damages and returns that can occur when shipping electronic devices.
Properly Secure Batteries For Shipping
Most electronics require batteries or are equipped with detachable batteries for power. Although batteries such as lithium are common in many of today's electronics, these components can be a source of hazardous heat, sparks or fire if improperly packed for shipping. According to UPS, when shipping almost any type of battery, you must safeguard all terminals against short-circuiting. To do so, completely cover them with an insulating, non-conductive material or pack each battery in fully enclosed inner packaging to ensure exposed terminals are protected (Source).
Separate Cords and Accessories
When electronics have several components, it's always good to stay organized by separating the cords and accessories. Separating and bundling the cords significantly helps the user, as well as the retailer, by:
- Creating more organized space so loose cords are not tangling with other items in the carton.
- Separated items can be labeled to make it easier for the user to identify each piece and know how they connect.
- Providing a better customer experience helps build your business's brand.
Use Effective Shipping Materials
It’s important to utilize the right shipping materials to ensure that your electronics remain safe and arrive to your customer in pristine condition. The following packing materials are effective in keeping your electronics safe and secure.
Corrugated cartons are different from cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are any type of box made from heavy paper pulp. Typical applications include cereal cartons and game boxes. Corrugated cartons are comprised of three layers of paper that includes an inside liner, an outside liner, and fluting with a ruffled shape, which runs in between the two. The corrugated fiberboard sheet is created by gluing the 3 sheets together. As a result of their design, corrugated cartons are cost-effective and, depending upon their construction, can hold a wide variety of weights, protect against moisture and are a sustainable choice. Depending on the amount of protection required, corrugate is available in a wide variety of sizes and thickness.
Void Fill/Air Pillows
Protective packing, or void fill, are important to keep items separated from each other and from the corners, sides, top and bottom of the box. It helps prevent items from moving around in the carton. Materials available include packing peanuts, and air pillows. Air pillows are an excellent interior packing material choice.
Air pillows are not only more cost-effective than packing peanuts but also provide a more effective cushion for your products. This will ensure your products make it to the customer safely and without employing polystyrene packing peanuts that many people prefer not to receive. Air pillows are environmentally friendly. The total volume of filled air pillows is just 1% of the initial size for disposal and HDPE films are easy to recycle.
Water Activated Tape
It is important to choose water-activated tape for your carton sealing application so you can keep your customers satisfied and maintain your bottom line. When shipping expensive electronics, you want a tape that will keep your products safe and will be cost-effectiveness. Water-activated tape provides these advantages because when the adhesive is activated with water, it penetrates the carton material and the tape forms a permanent bond with the carton. As a result, it creates a strong seal that is tamper-evident. Water-activated tape is available in various widths and thicknesses and may contain strands of fiberglass reinforcement to provide added strength.
Better Packages | Water Activated Tape
Better Packages offers a full line of gummed packaging tape dispensers, along with the Central® brand of water-activated tape through its parent company, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). Water activated tape (also known as gummed tape, gum tape, Kraft paper tape, reinforced paper tape) is designed to create a superior seal on corrugated cartons while providing advantages other carton sealing methods do not.
The Central brand of water-activated carton sealing tape is offered in a wide range of paper and reinforced gummed paper tape styles, roll lengths and widths to best fit your carton sealing needs. It is the preferred choice of packaging specialists when quality, strength, security and professional appearance are critical.
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About Better Packages
Founded in 1917, Better Packages is a leading manufacturer of tabletop water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers used in carton sealing. Better Packages’ product line includes auto-dispensing electric machines that are used in high volume fulfillment centers, as well as manual dispensers. In the U.S., Better Packages sells through multiple channels that include industrial and packaging distributors and catalog wholesalers, as well as direct to end-user customers. Its distribution network consists of over 160 authorized distributors including Tier 1 shipping and packaging. Better Packages also has another 50 international distributors that service over 70 countries. Better Packages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), an acknowledged leader in the packaging industry. IPG sells a full line of Central® water-activated tape, as well as many other premier packaging products.