Using Plastic Wrap for Shipping Electronics

Do you require plastic wrap for shipping electronics? At Toronto Stretch Wrap, we make it easy for your company to wrap gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Shipping your electronics correctly is crucial to your company’s reputation. Should a device reach your customer in a damaged state, it could cost your company a lot of money to replace.  Toronto Stretch Wrap provides you with helpful tips, courtesy of UPS, for effective electronics shipping.

For small shipments, have a look at the device. If the device is still in its original retail packaging and does not shift in the box when moved, the retail packaging alone will suffice. However, if the device does shift even in its original packaging:

1.       Find a larger, stronger box that is six inches higher, longer, and wider than the device.

2.       Wrap the item with several layers of bubble wrap.

3.       Pack the box tightly with foam inserts, bubble wrap, or kraft paper. Do not use packing peanuts because they will not protect your product from shifting.

4.       Seal the box with packing tape.

It is always best to leave the product unopened in the manufacturer’s original packaging, as there are strict international safety regulations that govern retail packaging. Products with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries left in their original retail packaging will be protected from air pressure and temperature changes during transit more than products with secondary packaging.

If you are sending an item without its original retail packaging:

1.       Make sure that the device is powered off and cannot be turned on during transit and that battery terminals remain unexposed.

2.       Do not remove batteries, as they are designed to stay grounded when attached to their terminals.

3.       Cover buttons with cardboard or electrical tape.

4.       Place the device inside a plastic bag to protect it from static electricity.

It is important to remember that packaging electronics is among some of the most complex levels of packaging. It is imperative that each individual electronic device be packaged with care to maintain its functionality. Safely shipping electronics is crucial to your brand’s reputation, as these packages must arrive in pristine, working condition. There is a chance that electronic devices can be damaged in transit due to their sensitive nature. Fragile electronics can be damaged by the vibrations and impact during transport if contents are not wrapped securely and correctly. This can result in additional costs for companies, who are required to deal with returns and exchanges to ensure customer satisfaction.

Electronic companies must also consider their own packaging design to protect their devices from extreme temperatures, electrostatic discharge, high frequency noise emissions, and mechanical damage. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that electronics are packaged properly and shipped safely. Here are some additional tips to ensure your business is preparing electronics for shipping correctly:

1.       Choose a suitable box for your electronic devices. The box you choose for shipping act as protective walls which shield your product from the elements. This is a crucial step to ensure your devices do not arrive damaged or crushed from transportation. To prevent this unfortunate, costly outcome, always choose a brand new, double corrugated box. Used boxes may appear usable but may have some hidden weaknesses. Consider the size of the box, as well. When a box is too large, the device inside could end up shifting repeatedly, resulting in damage. On the other hand, a box that is too small will result in the product pressing against the sides of the box, which can crush the device.

2.     Select protective packaging for electronics. To ensure that electronic devices will not be damaged in transit, separate the products you are sending. You can do this by wrapping them each individually prior to placing them into the box you have chosen. Using a thick layer of bubble wrap is one of the safest options to protect products. Ensure the bubble wrap meets the edges of the box to prevent the box from chipping or puncturing. The bubble wrap will also keep out static electricity and excess heat. You can also fill the remaining space with packing peanuts to provide extra padding and prevent products from shifting during transit.

3.     Seal the electronics packaging securely. Finally, seal the box by using packing tape to secure the seams and flaps of the box. Tape the box in an ‘H’ shape, adding extra protection diagonally, as well as at the corners, which is the most vulnerable area of the box. It is essential the corners are protected.

Applying the above tips to your electronics packaging will ensure your products arrive in good working order, as well as the satisfaction of your customers.

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Plastic Wrap for Shipping Electronics in
Large Quantities

Should you need plastic wrap for shipping electronics in large quantities to your customer, make sure everything is securely packed. If your boxes are fragile, use the double-over boxing method. Put a box over another box. This will keep your item from shifting and will minimize impacts. The layers of padding inside each box will also absorb vibrations from bumps throughout transit.

Our plastic wrap for shipping is strong and durable and will protect your electronics from impact. Stretch wrap is wrapped tightly around boxes, keeping products tightly bound, so they don’t shift or move. Contact Toronto Stretch Wrap today for all your electronics shipping needs.

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