In some estimates, the pandemic accelerated the growth of the e-commerce industry by five years. More people shopping online means more products delivered to customers daily. Instead of going to stores and malls, ordering online is convenient. There is no risk of exposure to a stranger who might carry the virus. On the other hand, it is also frustrating whenever a product arrives – damaged. For that reason, merchants try to pack their products well, including the use of bubble wrap.
As a merchant, you do not want unhappy customers. The staff may have thoroughly checked items before packing. However, each time a package changes hands, there is a risk of mishandling. A sticker indicating the content is fragile does not necessarily help. To avoid bad reviews – even if it is not your fault – you need to take extra steps to protect packages from mishandling.
What Is Bubble Wrap?
A bubble wrap is a sheet of plastic that, on one side, has a flat surface. Meanwhile, the other side has tiny, regularly spaced, protruding, round plastic bubbles. The material used to make bubble wrap – low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film – is waterproof and does not break easily. Nonetheless, it has not stopped many people from popping the “bubbles” during their childhood. However, its primary purpose is to act as a cushion if a package drops to the ground. Most people probably also went through a period popping bubble wraps during childhood.
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Tips for Shipping Items with Bubble Wrap
As much as you want to maximize protection for every item packed, you should also put much care into using bubble wrap. Not only that but knowing how to use it properly helps avoid wastage.
Here are tips to get the most out of its touted benefits:
1. Bubbles Should Face the Package
How a shipping company uses bubble wrap can be an indication of its competency. It is a misconception that you can apply bubble wrap without considering where the bubbles are facing. The correct way is that the bubbles should be facing inwards to provide a cushion to the package.
If the bubbles face outwards, they tend to burst during transit when pressed against other packages. Consequently, it degrades the protection level provided. In addition to this, since the bubbles are facing inwards, this would mean that you can use the flat side for placing markings (this flat side can effectively hold a tape in place).
2. Place a Layer of Paper Between the Bubble Wrap and the Package
Inserting a piece of paper helps prevent two problems:
- Plastic bubble wrap is known to leave stains on a glass surface like a television screen. Inserting paper acts as a barrier, so there will be no stain marks on the glass.
- Items that have sharp or rough edges will break bubbles when there is direct contact. A piece of paper (folded a few times over) helps prevent bubbles from breaking.
3. Choose the Right Bubble Size
Concerning the packages’ size and shape, there are different sizes to choose from when it comes to bubble wraps.
- For small fragile items, a bubble wrap that contains smaller bubbles is the optimal choice to protect the surfaces of these small sized items during transit.
- It would be best to use a bubble wrap with a relatively larger bubble size for heavy or irregularly shaped fragile items. This would serve as protection and can fill voids while the item is being moved.
- For very large, heavy, and fragile packages, you should look for a bubble wrap that has a bubble size that is large enough to protect such items during transit and storage.
4. Be Generous with Packing Tape
As much protection is afforded to your items by bubble wrap, you should also protect the bubble wrap. Taping is not only to hold it in place. It would be best if you also taped its entirety. Or, at the very least, tape around the package so that both ends of the tape overlaps.
5. Use More than One Layer of Bubble Wrap
If the item you are sending is precious and expensive, consider adding extra layers. Although the additional layer means more material used, securing your valuable items is still more important.
6. Add Packing Peanuts for Extra Protection
Packing peanuts are loose-fill cushioning materials you can add inside the box to hold the items in place. Moreover, they also prevent damages incurred during transport.
7. Do Not Tear the Bubble Wrap with Your Hands
If you are on the receiving end, use a cutter or a pair of scissors to cut through the bubble wrap. Ripping the material is not only challenging but may also cause harm to your hand. Moreover, the more you pull, the more you squeeze the package, damaging the content.
Keep Your Products Safe with Bubble Wrap
Many items bought online are fragile. Some of these include glassware, appliances, laptops, and more. On their own (standard packaging), they are prone to damages as a result of mishandling. Using bubble wrap to protect these packages is an economical way of reducing the likelihood of damages and frustration on recipients. The material itself is light, so it does not add much to the weight.
Wrapping fragile items with bubble wrap is simple. Still, there are proper ways of doing that to maximize its protection level. And, one more thing. Since ripping bubble wrap to open a package is not that easy to do, it also helps prevent theft.
If you plan to have some cargo transported, you can contact Toronto Trailers at 416 477 5488. We assure you that we will take the utmost care of your shipment.