Why Getting Your Transit Packaging Right Matters

Online shopping is more popular than ever before, and with ecommerce sales expected to reach £3 trillion and account for over 15 per cent of all retail sales by 2020[1], it’s clear to see that the need for quality transit packaging is bigger than ever before.

When you ship products for distribution, your choice of transit packaging is not one to take lightly. It needs to protect your items, stand up to export conditions and be as sustainable as possible. But what types of things should you consider when thinking about which type of packaging best suits your needs? And why are your choices so important?

1. Damage analysis

Choosing transit packaging shouldn’t just come down to cost. Choosing cheap, ineffective methods can lead to breakages and annoyed customers, making it a false economy. Likewise, choosing the wrong type or size of packaging can mean you spend unnecessary money on items like wadding and bubble wrap.

2. Sustainability

With many companies keen to be green, the need for sustainable packaging is also of particular importance. The need to be sustainable isn’t just driven by an international agenda, it’s also a key requirement of many consumers who want to ensure they’re buying goods from businesses and brands that boast good green credentials. If your overall transit packaging is effective from the get go, there’s no need to go overboard with things like bubble wrap, cardboard and plastic wrapping — all things that lead to unnecessary waste.

3. Choose the best fit

Choosing packaging that doesn’t fit snugly around your product can mean more breakages and an increased requirement for surplus padding materials. To protect your goods, ensure you’ve picked the right size corrugated boxes or pallets.

4. Consider wooden pallets, timber cases and timber crates

When you’re distributing a large number of goods, you may consider sending them out via quality, timber pallets. If your items are particularly large or heavy, timber cases and crates may fit the bill. Not only do these transit packaging systems effectively protect your objects, they’re sustainable and can be sent via air or sea freight.

5. Try returnable packaging

Returnable transit packaging is used to transport goods like crates, trays and boxes. The returnable packaging is delivered to the customer along with the goods, before being returned to the vendor for reuse. Due to the lack of waste, this provides an environmentally friendly solution and offers cost savings over traditional single trip packaging. These systems offer a wide range of positive qualities — they are strong, resilient, waterproof and chemical resistant. Finally, instead of being sent to landfill, this type of transit packaging is continually reused and has a long life.

At Nicklin, we have been trading since 1913 and are one of the UK’s longest established providers of bespoke timber and corrugated transit packaging. If you’re looking for anything like wooden pallets, timber cases and crates, plywood cases, corrugated cases and timber components — look no further. To find out more, you can call us on: 0121 359 8101, or email: enquiries@nicklin.com.

[1] https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/features/comment/des-king-shouldnt-anything-soppy-saying-flowers-01-09-2017