Packaging tips to get your parcel on the right track
DPD would like to share some recommendations and tips on the best way to package your items.
Several things should be taken into consideration to avoid any delays.
Packaging in general
To ensure a smooth journey through our sortation hubs and network, it is important the packaging is suitable for our operation. This may vary depending on the contents of your parcel.
Choosing the right packaging is the first step to ensuring your items will reach their destination in good condition. You should take into consideration the weight and the type of contents within your parcel. Manufacturer packaging or product packaging alone is generally not sufficient for courier transportation as it does not provide enough protection.
- Use good quality carton boxes that are strong and rigid. If the box bends or folds due to the weight of the contents it is not suitable
- Ideally, for heavy loads, you should use carton boxes made of high-quality corrugated cardboard. These should preferably be double-walled to ensure strength, durability and protection
- Avoid using a carton more than once as its strength, and therefore the protection it offers, is significantly reduced when used multiple times
- Choose the correct size of the carton to match the contents - under-filled boxes are likely to collapse and overfilled are at risk of bursting open
- Securely seal the carton with strong tape or staples designed for shipping, with the flaps taped down along the middle and on both ends over the corners to ensure the base is secure and will not come open in transit - general use sellotape is not sufficient
- 'Fragile' and 'Handle with Care' labels are considered as information only and not a substitute for good packaging
- If you can hear or feel the contents of the carton moving inside, then the parcel is not packaged properly
- A parcel's orientation may change during sortation, so please bear this in mind when you're developing your packaging