Updated: Aug 2
Glassware items, as a parcel, present a peculiar challenge while shipping them. Considering that the consignment remains fragile and involves a lot of handling with care, there is a need for more than the usual carton materials, which should be used for bulk pallet handling.
While parcel carriers often take considerable care in handling such 'delicate' packages, the chances of breakage remain high as the glass items inside the standard carton box do not have enough padding to sustain vibrations and collisions while in transit.
So, what can be done to ensure a safe and secure packaging solution to ensure the best ways to protect glass shipments from breakage? The following are some of the best custom packaging options in this regard:
Using corrugated fitments inside a 3-5 ply corrugated box can protect a glassware item during transportation. These corrugated boxes provide a cushioning component to absorb certain levels of shakes and jolts during the shipping process. The fitment wall ensures that each glassware item properly fits within the corrugated fitments and no glass items touch each other.
Touted as the next generation of protective wrapping, this packaging material is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It comes with an interlocking design which means you don't need any adhesive tape to seal the packaging. Hexcel Paper has become popular with companies looking for void fills for fragile items, mainly because it gives a luxurious finish to the overall unboxing experience.
Round Paper Tube Box:
This has the same shape as a glassware item, such as a bottle that protects the round thing perfectly without needing a sponge or EVA foam insert tray.
This method presents the best hack to pack glassware. This packaging method can conform to any shape individual desires it to be, providing the best cushioning and protection during transportation. In addition, expandable foam is often seen as the best option to protect against vibration and breakage for shipping a carton of glass items.
These are generally made of Styrofoam or starch, which present an economical solution for packaging glassware items. Using the loose-fill peanuts involves making a layer of peanuts, which is kept inside the over pack box. The carton containing the glass item is positioned on top of that layer in the center, and the remaining area is then filled with the remaining peanuts.
However, because of its non-bio gradable property, Styrofoam is not preferred much in the industry. Even the starch peanuts often dissolve in water, making the material unsuitable for humid conditions.
While being similar to loose-fill peanuts, they are sold in two components that is plastic bags and an air pump. Air is pumped into these plastic bags using an air-filling machine just before usage. This packaging method ensures less wastage considering air is used as a medium to cushion the packaging box instead of Styrofoam. However, this packaging method involves the cost factor as it involves investing in an air-filling machine.
Things to Remember When Packing Glass Items
Make sure the bottom is sealed correctly
Add more padding for fragile parts
Use sealing tapes like carton tapes, protection film, and foam tapes to seal the boxes
Stack the items properly and carefully
Add the "Handle with Care" sign
Make The Right Choice
Transporting a glassware item may seem like a puzzle at first instance, but there are various solutions available, and one can seek expert advice before undertaking the transportation of such an item and based on that, choose an appropriate packaging solution.
Have you ever used some other fillers or containers in your packaging other than the options mentioned above? Share with us; we would be happy to know what you use to keep the glass items protected in transit.
If you need help fulfilling and shipping your custom branded boxes and orders, get in touch with Impress Communications to see if we can help. Our experts can help you ensure that your glass items safely reach the end consumer with absolutely no damage.