4 ways to Reduce Cargo Damage and Save Money on Shipping Costs

No one wants their product to get damaged in shipping. The more your products get damaged the more returns you must deal with, resulting in extra processing, decreasing productivity and profitability throughout your organisation. Following are 4 easy ways you can drastically reduce the chances of the product getting damaged on transit.

Selection of Packaging and Pallets

Packaging selection should be based on the level of protection your cargo needs. Even considering the packing material you use to fill in empty spaces within packing boxes so the cargo inside doesn’t move around and the box itself doesn’t collapse if another box is stacked on top of it. The best thing to do here is use the smallest boxes to fit your product so you have less empty space to fill. Choose padding material carefully airbags, bubble wrap, or protective foam moulds are ideal for delicate items, as are corrugated inserts. Pallets should be structurally sound, slightly larger than the footprint of your cargo, and made of wood, metal, or plastic. Seal pallets with high-quality, water-resistant wrap, or choose one that protects against light as well as humidity.

Fill Containers Wisely

The goal of packing a container and stacking pallets is to fill as much space as possible (subject to any destination treatment packing requirements) to lower the chance of cargo slipping and moving around. Stack heavy goods down the bottom, light goods on top, stacking in a brick like pattern for extra stability. Create cube-shaped shipping units rather than stacking smaller boxes on top to create a pyramid shape. Do not double-stack pallets, especially if the items stacked at the top of some pallets are fragile. The top of your shipping unit should be as flat as possible, and there should be no loose, individual boxes at the top of the pallet. Cargo should be strapped down to the pallet as well as being tightly wrapped in an appropriate wrapping.

Use Damage Indicators

Damage indicators can help you identify the points along the supply chain that are causing damage to your product. You can also test different packaging materials and strategies, experiment with different routes, shipping methods, etc. For example, you could use Vibration Monitors for shipments sent via Air to see if it’s the extended vibration of airfreight causing the damage. Start with shock testing to gather data about your normal shipping routes.

Make Labels Clear

Labels should be durable, clearly addressed, clearly printed and contain important information like how much weight can be placed on top of a package without damaging it and if the item is delicate or expensive. This information will help handlers protect your cargo from damage.

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