- Take out a measuring tape. Measure the length, width, and thickness of the contents you want to mail. This will help you shop for the right package that will fit your contents.
- Don’t buy more than you need. Using a packaging solution that is far bigger than your contents requires more filler so your content don’t shift inside and get damaged.
- Think about the requirements of your packaging solution. This avoids overpackaging and overspending. Does it need to be waterproof? Does it need to protect something fragile? Do you need perimeter protection or top/bottom protection or both? Is it recyclable?
- Who is doing the assembly, you or someone else? Will it be used in a fulfillment center environment, or will it be assembled on the boardroom table by office staff? Consider whether pre-assembly and peel-and-stick closure is a “nice to have” or a “need to have” feature.
- What is your shipping method? If postal cost is a big consideration, head to your shipper’s website and review your options through the cost-savings lens of your carrier.
- Plan ahead. Don’t make your packaging a last-minute decision. That almost guarantees that you will overpackage and pay too much for the privilege.
Send me your overpackaging stories… and tell me how you overcame your addiction.
–Sari McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org