5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Shipping

August 11, 2023

All businesses, new and old, make mistakes sometimes. We are here to help you minimise these mistakes, and set your business up for success after success. Errors can cost you money, experts, the team at Jetbox are here to highlight some common mistakes business owners make and guide you through how to avoid them. 

Read on for the 5 most common mistakes to avoid when shipping your products.

1. Running out of Packaging Supplies

Packaging products such as bubble wrap, packaging tape, and void fill are essential in protecting your products during shipping. What would happen if suddenly you turn to grab more tape, and you’re completely out? Not only is the shipping for the day halted, but your timeline is also affected for days or weeks as you play catch up while trying to order or purchase your missing packaging supplies. It isn’t uncommon for businesses to send hundreds, even thousands, of boxes a day. This means you need to plan for and have on hand the right amount of boxes, tape, bubble wrap, product information cards, and more. 

Taking the time to calculate how many packaging products you need per month based on previous data allows you to always be ordering in advance, and never in arrears. Jetbox offers both custom-made and ready-made boxes, with as little turnaround as 3 days! If you need boxes or packaging supplies in a pinch, visit our website or call us today. 

2. Incorrect Packing

When packing your boxes for shipping, you cannot simply throw everything inside the box and call it a day. There needs to be strategy and consistency, otherwise you risk broken products and unhappy customers. You pride yourself on the products you provide, and your packing style must reflect this. 

Creating a positive customer experience from the moment they open their box will help create a lasting impact, and increase repeat orders. Using high-quality shipping boxes is the first and most important step, as even with adequate bubble wrap a flimsy box will not do. Our boxes are made in Melbourne to the highest standards and come in a wide range of board grades. 

Do not risk your products by shipping them with low-quality packaging products. Create a guide on how to wrap and seal your products for your staff, and invest in high-quality shipping boxes that will last. 

3. Using the Wrong Address

While it may seem obvious, shipping boxes to the wrong address happens more than you think. Double-checking that the address label matches the invoice before you send out orders, or creating another sort of system wherein addresses are confirmed at least twice before your boxes are shipped, is key in preventing products from being sent to the wrong place. 

5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Shipping - Jetbox Melbourne

4. Faulty Labels

Businesses use labels for a multitude of reasons. Commonly, we label our shipping boxes with their shipping address. We also use labels to determine whether things are fragile, which way up they need to stay, and internal labels such as which department the box needs to go through before it gets shipped out. There are several modern solutions, such as using barcodes and a scanner, to ensure that products are picked, packed, and shipped correctly.

5. Being Scared of Palletizing your Boxes

If you have never used a pallet to ship your boxes, then it may seem daunting. However, palletizing your boxes has many benefits. In the immediate short term, palletizing takes more time than shipping individual boxes. However, it keeps your products together and prevents any damage as a result of your boxes being dropped, tousled, or damaged. It is also easier to track your products, as they move together instead of getting separated and arriving at all different times. 

Designing your boxes to perfectly fit on a pallet is one way to ensure your whole shipping process remains smooth. Get your custom boxes from Jetbox today and enjoy our pain-free custom box ordering process!

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We hope highlighting some common shipping mistakes has allowed you to see areas of your business you can now improve! Every business is different, but being able to take a new perspective on your processes is the best way to make positive changes. 

At Jetbox, we sell Mailing Boxes and Packaging Products to suit your business. Our wide range of products includes eco-friendly products and bulk amounts of your necessary items all at affordable prices. Visit our website to see the full range, and check out our online custom cardboard box calculator for an instant quote on your dream custom cardboard box!

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.