Mailing services tend to be fairly specific regarding their packaging. This is unsurprising -- it all relates to details such as storage, fitting it into vehicles, the weight involved and actually being able to deliver such packages by hand in one piece. As such, mailing packages require a certain standard if you wish for it to be delivered.
What Mailing Services are needed?
First and foremost, if you’re wrapping your parcel with brown paper then make sure it’s neatly put together. Haphazardly sticking bits of paper to the package with generous rolls of Sellotape will not cut with many mail services, and may result in your package being rejected or returned. There are plenty of guides on how to wrap packages in paper, but the general rule is to give each side a length of paper equal to the height and width of the package, so that both ends meet at the middle. Tuck and fold the corners in and secure the paper with single short strips of tape.
Objects with sharp edges or odd shapes should be placed in padded envelopes if they’re small enough, or else you should place them in a cardboard box full of polystyrene curls for padding. Cut down the box if there’s excess space to make the package smaller, and thus more transportable. Fragile items, such as mugs, should not touch each other, or the sides of the packaging. Give them plenty of room to move within the polystyrene or whatever you’re using for cushioning.
If there are fragile objects in your package, help your mail service out by placing down a clear FRAGILE label on the side.
On the packaging itself write down not just the address of its destination, but also your own address so the mail service has an address to return it to if there are any difficulties. You should also put a name, address and contact number inside the package itself. For added security, put down nylon or vinyl tape along the edges and openings - this helps keep protect the package from moisture and air and provides greater structural support. If there are any staples or metal fastenings, flatten them down and cover them with tape.
When marking down addresses, print it out clearly in reasonably large letters. For UK addresses, write down the name, the house number and street name, the town or city, the county and the post code. For international addresses, write down the name, house number and street name, the town/city, county/state/department/province/etc and post/zip code, and the country to which you’re sending. You can find a reputable mail house here at Orbital Mailing who possesses one of the largest in the South East.
For further information about mail services, visit Orbital Mailing Services here via their website, or more directly by phoning 01795 415100.