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Shipping tips: packaging and labels

Packaging

Select packaging that will protect your items. This is especially important for international bound shipments as packages are often handled by multiple carriers.

  • Choose strong outer packaging or packing material on the inside to minimize any bumps along the way.
  • Wrap items in bubble wrap prior to packing in a box to protect delicate products.

Find a box or envelope that fits your items well.

  • Carriers charge postage based on dimensions and weight so package items as small as possible and minimize empty space in your packaging.
  • Be accurate with weight and dimensions to prevent any postage adjustments or undeliverable packages.
  • A bubble mailer can be a good option instead of a box that can help reduce costs if your items can be safely shipped in this packaging.

Use the correct type of packaging for your shipment.

  • USPS branded packaging can only be used with USPS postage. If you ship using UPS MI or Asendia, USPS packaging cannot be used.
  • Make sure to select the correct USPS flat rate postage when shipping in a USPS flat rate envelope or box.

Labels

Shipping labels have important details that carriers use to ensure your packages are processed efficiently. The label also has a unique bar code that is used to provide tracking updates for shipments that have tracking included.

Ensure postage labels are legible.

  • Crinkled or faded postage labels can lead to missed tracking updates because they cannot be read properly by scanning systems used by carriers.
  • Don’t cover the bar code with tape. This can cause the ink to fade and impact scanning.
  • Place the bar code on a flat surface and not over the edge of the package.

Properly label your packages.

  • Place the shipping label with the recipient’s full address on the most visible side of the package away from any folds or seams.
  • Verify your shipping address is not missing any vital information. For example, the unit or apartment number.
  • Research shipping carriers guidelines for international address formats.

References

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