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:
- 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.
- Liquids must be shipped in leak-free containers packed with lightweight protection.
- They must also be in a leak retaining protective plastic bag.
- Damaged liquids can cause contamination to other customers' goods.
- All wine must be shipped in a carton approved by interlink express.
- Once approved the standard terms and conditions will apply.
- The approval should be arranged through the Sales or Account Executive functions.
There are two wine carton manufacturers whose products have been approved by interlink express. They are:
Saxon Packaging - 01502 513112
The WineBox Company - 020 7737 4040
The following range of products have been approved:-
BX12, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M12, M/MAG, PP1, PP2, PP3, PP4, PP6, PP12, PPMAG & PP/S
To view these products visit www.winebox.co.uk