As a shipper, there are many different things you need to consider as you work: what carriers to use, how to ship, and most importantly, how to package. With so many options when it comes to shipping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and fall victim to ballooning costs and burst your budget. Keep costs down while being environmentally friendly with these packaging tips.
Avoid Extra Packaging
While it may seem like a no-brainer, avoiding extra packaging will absolutely do more to keep your costs down than anything else. Not only does it contribute to less weight, and therefore increase your fuel efficiency, but it also allows for more room to ship (you guessed it) more items!
These little things add up- did you know that the extra waste generated by extraneous packaging makes up almost 15% of the entire waste of the shipping industry? Being minimalist when it comes to this not only puts more money in your pocket but also helps protect the planet as well- a truly win/win situation.
Consider Wooden Pallets
While paper products have come under scrutiny, wood remains one of the most environmentally friendly materials despite it seeming like an oxymoron. Wooden pallets have become extremely popular for not just being able to be used and recycled, but for their efficiency.
Wooden pallets are great for ensuring shipments to be safe and sound during transport but also help the unpacking process go quicker due to the extreme organization they provide without causing extra bulk or weight. No matter the size of your load, these are a great option for anyone.
When in Doubt, Ask an Expert
One of the advantages of using a carrier is their expertise. Use this to your advantage by discussing your shipments with them to see if they have any thoughts on how to keep your costs- and packing- down. Maybe there’s a more efficient way to be shipping your items, or maybe you simply need to store them a different way- you’ll never know until you ask!
Consulting a logistics expert early on can not only help you save money in the short term but help shape future goals that you can work toward to make your company cost and energy efficient. If you’re paying for services, make sure you’re getting the most out of them!
Use a Carrier You Can Trust
Vestra has been a reliable shipping partner for years with a strong reputation for excellence. When you ship with Vestra you’re hiring more than a carrier, you’re hiring a partner to help you achieve your goals.