Imagine your parcel sliding around in the van, getting unloaded into the sorting hub, going through the conveyor belts and now you know – the better you pack it the safer it is.
YES – ALWAYS BOX AN ITEM.
Bubble wrap or taped dustbin bags are not sufficient and we will not accept them. We accept only boxes. If you have original case for
a particular item, use that, it is the best option. Some items are just difficult to box, for example car bumpers. However, parcels that are long and thin will get caught up between parcels on the conveyor belts, and in the vans etc, and the boxing protects them. Think back to an Airport Baggage Handling system, dustbin bags, loose coverings, plastic ties etc. are all unnecessary objects that will increase the chances of your parcel getting caught, tangled and mangled in the sorting hub process.
So keep it neat, box it well, and leave no bits sticking out. There can be actually nothing sticking out – we do not accept it.
WHAT ABOUT INSIDE THE BOX?
Think about your parcel trundling around the country, it’s covering a lot of miles. Travel means movement so to protect the contents of your box you have to ensure that it is only the box itself that moves, not the contents inside it. Choose your box well. A box that is too small will be weakend by stretching, and if you put your item in a box that is too large it will rattle and break. Fill your box. There are plenty of options:
- Shredded newspaper, brilliant, flexible and gets into even the smallest of places
- Bubble wrap, recycle your old stuff.
The secret is that the must be no gaps. You want no movement, no rattles. Packing your box fully on the inside makes it stronger on the outside.
ADDRESSING AND LABELING YOUR PARCEL
We do not require to write the address on the box. BUT, If you do it in a case there is a problem to find a receiver it will help a lot. We do not require to print or put any labels from you. We’ll do it ourselves.
“Choose your box well. A box that is too small will be weakend by stretching, and if you put your item in a box that is too large it will rattle and break. Fill your box. There are plenty of options.”