Electronics are among the most expensive types of goods to ship. Unlike shipping regular items like textiles, electronics pose unique challenges for retailers who use shipping services to deliver their products.
After glassware and other fragile items, electronics are perhaps the most difficult (and most misunderstood) commodity to ship when it comes to delivery. This is largely due to the composition of electronic articles.
Specifically, these products are made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny, fragile parts. If they are not properly maintained, they can easily be damaged by shock or humidity. To avoid costly damages and customer returns, here are some tips for shipping electronics.
Separate electronic components
The first thing to do before packing the product for shipment is to separate it into as many parts as possible. Yes, this means the end recipient may need to spend a few minutes reassembling it upon delivery. But it is the best way to ensure safe transportation.
In fact, not all electronics can be shipped the same. Shipping sensitive electronics requires special precautions to protect them against special physical conditions that do not affect ordinary devices.
Invest in a bubble envelope
The bubble envelope was created specifically for ensure the safety of fragile objects containing electronic components. Indeed, the latter is distinguished by its resistance and its protective power. Its padded structure absorbs all the impacts that objects may suffer during their shipment. Thus, it will be possible to introduce all sensitive and fragile products whether they are more or less voluminous without running the risk of them being scratched or broken.
Also, to improve the security of shipments, the bubble envelope has a durable self-adhesive closure making it inviolable.
Bubble bags or antistatic bubble wrap are also recommended for ensure the protection of electronic components such as memory cards which are very sensitive to static electricity discharges.
This protection allows electronic devices to be wrapped before shipping. For cushioning, anti-static bubble wrap can be slipped between items to prevent chafing and acts as padding in a box. This film made of recyclable polyethylene prevents static electricity charges from building up. In fact, it provides shock absorption to ensure the safety of goods.
Assembly in the box
Now that all the electronics have been grouped together and the protective casing has been chosen, it is time to carefully assemble the product. The package must be placed in a corrugated cardboard box.
Once the product is placed in the box, it should not move at all if it is well fixed. Also, be sure to place a label on the box to warn of the product’s fragility and instruct workers not to pile other products on top of the box.
Understand the regulations
One of the most overlooked aspects of shipping electronics is the applicable laws and regulations that every shipper must follow. Although national and international standards exist, it is necessary to check the import regulations of the destination country. Otherwise, the customer may never receive their electronic device.