Any company that sells products domestically or internationally knows that the costs of shipping are inherently part of doing business. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of shipping is having damaged boxes or products. It is an unexpected expense that angers customers, increases delivery time and can have a huge impact on your bottom line.
Utilizing Proper Packaging
The most obvious solution to avoiding damaged product is to focus on packaging. This includes packaging of the actual product, as well as that of the crate and palette. Product packaging should be able to withstand rough conditions and still stay intact, so testing is required. Unless you have temperature controlled shipping methods, your product also might be subjected to extreme heat or cold.
Finding a Good Packaging Company
Even if you have durable product packaging, improper palette or crate packaging could still damage your product. Particularly if shipping internationally, your product might be subjected to being moved several times. If you have a fragile product, such as commercial windows, it’s probably best to contact a company specializing in proper packaging. An internet search, for example, of protective packaging New Jersey will turn up many different options. However, you need to make sure to find a reputable and trustworthy company. Before committing, make sure they have experience shipping fragile items.
Considering Freight Insurance
For valuable products, it might make sense to consider freight insurance. This can typically be obtained at an added cost from a particular carrier. Whether to purchase freight insurance or not is a matter of risk tolerance and product value. In a catastrophic event, such as a totaled truck carrying your product, freight insurance could be a saving grace for your company and bottom line.
Unfortunately, product loss is frequently a cost of shipping. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With proper packaging and freight insurance, your company can ship without worrying.