interlink express - Packaging Tips

Simple Packaging Tips

Interlink Express is committed to delivering its customer's goods in a careful and timely manner.

As parcels are handled many times during this process, all items carried need to be packed to a high standard to ensure that they arrive in pristine condition.

Detailed below are some useful tips to help achieve this:

Packaging Tips

General tips

  • Always use a strong rigid carton.
  • Use a carton made of high quality corrugated cardboard preferably double walled to ensure strength, durability and protection.
  • Avoid using a carton more than once as its strength and therefore the protection it offers is reduced the more times it is handled.
  • Choose the correct size of carton to match the contents. Underfilled boxes are likely to collapse, and overfilled burst open.
  • If the carton is underfilled use padding materials such as polystyrene chips and shredded paper to fill it out.
  • Wrap all items separately within the carton with protective cushioning such as bubble wrap.
  • If possible ensure no items are touching the walls of the carton.
  • Seal the carton with strong tape designed for shipping - everyday sellotape is not sufficient.
  • Ensure the carton is sealed securely with the flaps taped down along the middle and on both ends over the corners.
  • When putting the carton together use strong staples or tape to ensure the base is secure and will not come open in transit.
  • Many goods are shipped in the manufacturer's original packaging which is not always suitable for an overnight parcel system.
  • Items such as boxes of CD's, DVD's and video tapes need to be packed with cushioning material around each item.
  • Goods being sent in an Expresspak also need to be protected just as much as those in a carton. Expresspaks are designed as means of carriage, not protection.
  • 'Fragile' and 'Handle with Care' labels are no substitute for good packaging - they are for information only.
  • If you can hear or feel the contents of the carton moving inside then they are not packed properly.