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How to Protect Fragile Items with Bubble Wrap

How To Protect Fragile Items With Bubble Wrap

As a business owner, your reputation depends on your products arriving intact at their destination. Items broken during shipping can result in negative online reviews of your company and decreased customer satisfaction. In this blog post, we will go over how to pack fragile items for shipping with bubble wrap rolls, bubble wrap sheets, and more. To make things easier, we’re going to use the example of a set of plates you’re trying to ship to a customer.

You’ll need:

Wrap Plates Individually

Wrap the first plate in 3/16” bubble wrap with the bubbles facing in. Tape the middle and ends of the small bubble wrap sheet so it stays in place. Each plate will need to be wrapped individually.

2.) Stack Plates and Wrap Together

Stack the bubble-wrapped plates and wrap them with 1/2” bubble wrap with the bubbles facing in. Tape the ends of the bubble wrap so the plates stay together. You may need to trim the ends of the big bubble wrap sheet if there is excess material.

3.) Use Stretch Film

Stretch film acts a lot like the clear plastic wrap you use in your kitchen. Not only is it stretchable, but it also sticks to itself so you don’t need to use tape. You’ll want to wrap the stack of plates in stretch film at least three of four times in two different directions.

4.) Use the Right Size Box

While it may be tempting to use what box size you have available, it’s not worth the cost in broken items and customer dissatisfaction. There should be about 1/2” of space on all sides of the item you wish to ship.

5.) Fill Box with Packing Peanuts

Use two layers of tape on the bottom so you can be assured the bottom won’t give out during shipping. Fill the bottom of the box with one or two layers of packing peanuts. Next, you’ll want to place the item on top and fill the rest of the void space with peanuts.

The general rule of thumb is to put in enough packaging material that you can’t hear the items shake in the box. However, too much bubble wrap or other materials can strain the top of the box and cause it to burst open during shipping. The top of the box should always lie flat.

6.) Label Box

If the contents of a box are breakable, you’ll need to write “FRAGILE” in big letters in several places. If your business regularly ships fragile items, you may want to consider having a stamp made. Doing this extra step while preparing packages for shipping will alert delivery companies that they need to handle certain packages with care.

Even though we used the example of plates, you can apply these tips to packaging other fragile items. If you are unsure what bubble wrap products are right for your business, we recommend reaching out to a bubble wrap manufacturer that services your area.

Premier Protective Packaging is proud to offer bubble wrap products for customers throughout the United States. If you are interested in learning more about bubble wrap, foam sheets, or other packaging materials, give us a call at (616) 791-7400.

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