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Packaging and Labeling Materials

The world of packaging and labeling materials is vast, with many options for any product! We have a seemingly endless supply of new products and innovations continuously launched in the modern world. Despite the latest technologies and products appearing on the market, the materials used to package and label them have stayed much the same. The most commonly used or “classic” packaging materials include cardboard, plastic, glass, metal, films, foam, paper, wood, etc. However, the labeling sphere has become more inventive, with packaging labels not just including synthetic, self-adhesive, vinyl, film, and foil options but also holographic and thermal transfer materials.

Product engineers, business owners, and shippers do not have to fear the puzzle of properly packaging and labeling packages in this modern age. There are endless materials available to make sure your package ships successfully. And while having access to these necessary materials is not an issue, manufacturers and other business owners must know how to correctly ship packaging and label materials, to prevent the next person in the supply chain from dealing with faulty packaging and labeling materials. Packaging and labeling materials are the skeletons of the product and ultimately serve to protect your business. Therefore, knowing how to ship and package these necessary materials correctly is a good idea. 

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Why Choose FreightCenter for Shipping Packaging& Labeling Materials?

Choosing FreightCenter will make your shipping process seamless. Below are just some of the benefits working with our Third Party Logistics company will have on your shipping experience:

  • When you partner with FreightCenter, a premier 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company with over twenty-four years of experience within the logistics industry, you are choosing success. Over the decades, our team has dealt with nearly every shipment imaginable. There is no shipment process we cannot help you with!
  • FreightCenter employs a knowledgeable staff always willing to learn and grow with industry changes and advancements. Our team is happy to answer your questions throughout the process!
  • FreightCenter is the middleman between you and your carrier, meaning you will not have to play phone tag with the carrier. Your agent will directly communicate with you and your carrier, delivering any necessary information or updates between you. 
  • We secure the best transit carrier and route for you at the best price instead of you needing to spend hours figuring out the logistics or searching for a worthwhile deal. 
  • We make it easy to ensure your shipments by guiding you toward the best providers. Whether you need full or partial coverage, we have you covered!
  • We arrange the pickups and drop-offs while also making sure to track each shipment in transit. This ensures that you know where your packages are every step of the way! 

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Shipping Packaging and Labeling Materials

One of the most critical steps in preparing your packaging and labeling materials for shipment is to thoroughly inspect your products before packaging them for shipping. It is essential to do this step to prevent shipping off any damaged materials. Sending damaged packaging and labeling materials may result in a faulty shipment for your customer, which is not good business.

Proper inspection is necessary due diligence. Once the inspection has passed, it is time to move on to the packaging process. When preparing wood, metal, and flexible films, each follows a similar yet unique packaging process. Below is a breakdown of preparing each packaging and labeling material for shipment, with practical shipping instructions to follow. 

Packaging Metal:

  • Depending on the size and shape of the metal, use corrugated cardboard boxes, crates, or pallets that fit the material appropriately.
  • Protect metals from damage and corrosion by packaging with bubble wrap, foam padding, or cardboard dividers.
  • For smaller metals, bundle and secure them to prevent movement and damage. 
  • When shipping larger metal pieces, disassemble them into smaller components if possible. Ensure loose parts are properly secured. 
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes are utilized for various purposes, with all being of different quality. Some corrugated cardboard boxes are explicitly used for liquids, heavy objects, etc.
  • Secure the packages with strapping and padding when needed. 

Packaging Flexible Films:

  • Roll and stack flexible films securely.
  • Utilize protective materials such as bubble wrap and foam padding. Doing so will help prevent damage and deformation. 
  • Use adequate packagings, such as corrugated cardboard boxes or plastic tubes, to protect the films from potential hazards such as moisture and dust. 

Packaging Wood:

  • Cut the wood into an appropriate size for shipment. 
  • Sand or smooth the edges to prevent splintering and damage during transit. 
  • Dry and treat the wood to prevent warping and mold growth.
  • If shipping multiple pieces of wood, bundle or stack them securely to prevent movement and subsequent damage. 

Packaging Labels:

  • Inspect/sort the labels you intend to ship. Check for any damages, and sort them based on size, fragility, and type. 
  • Separate the paper, synthetic, and thermal transfer labels for proper packaging. 
  • Choose an appropriate package, such as a box, envelope, or tube, depending on the label type, size, and shape. 
  • Padding materials such as foam inserts, bubble wraps, and air pillows should be used to secure and protect the labels.
  • Organize and bundle the labels neatly to avoid tangling and damage during transit. 
  • Place labels into appropriate packaging for a secure fit to prevent excess movement. 
  • Use bubble wrap or foam materials to fill empty spaces in the packaging and provide additional cushioning. 
  • Securely tape packages closed to prevent them from opening during transit.
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