Common Problems with Shipping Large Products
While it is important to take proper packaging precautions when shipping any item, larger products require special precautions. There are a variety of issues that can make it difficult to ship large products that should be addressed when choosing your packaging:
Weight. Heavy items provide a challenge for packaging and shipping. If you do not choose a durable solution, your packaging could fail under the weight of the item. This could put your products at risk of damage throughout the shipping process.
Size. Bulky items can be difficult to package for shipment, especially if they are irregularly shaped. The right packaging is important for safe shipment, especially if you are sending out a large item that has irregular edges that could easily be damaged during transport.
Handling Considerations. Throughout every stage of the shipping process, your packages will need to be moved by both equipment and human handlers. Whether your package is being loaded onto a truck via a forklift or is being hoisted by a team of people, it is important that your packaging solution is both durable and safe.
Type of Transport. Shipping large items requires numerous types of transport. You may opt for trucking your items to their destination, or you may need to use water to transport your items to the other side of the world. The type of transport you use is going to be a significant factor in the type of material you use to protect your items, as those items are exposed to forces on numerous planes that could damage your product.
Testing Shipping Materials. Testing different shipping materials is necessary to ensure the materials can protect the items being shipped, but large shipping materials cannot be tested in standard labs. Untested materials could leave your products at risk, and is simply unacceptable in terms of ensuring the safety of those transporting and moving heavy items.