Faster package shipping hacks you probably didn't know

Posted by Temando on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
When you ship you want it to arrive as fast as possible right? Of course, even if you haven’t paid for expedited shipping you want it to get there ASAP. While you can obviously choose the speed at which you package will be delivered there are also some things you can do to make sure that your package doesn't get unduly held up. While some of these are obvious some are not and unfortunately for the carriers, just because they are obvious it doesn't mean that they don’t happen a thousand times every day. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your package doesn't take longer than it should to arrive.

Humans are impatient creatures. We want things and we want them NOW. When you send a package you can generally choose from a few different speed options, from expensive overnight expedited delivery to options that might take months but cost virtually nothing. While you can choose between all these different options there are also some simple things that you can do to make sure that your package doesn't get held up. The thing is that if there is anything wrong with your package then it will delay its transportation. As anyone in the carrier business will tell you, far too many packages are sent that are badly wrapped, badly labelled or plain crazy. Here are some ways to ensure that your package doesn't get held up.

  1. Make sure you use a strong box. The poor carriers’ worst nightmare is picking up your box and having the whole thing fall apart. Far too often people send their precious goods in a box they found out the back of a shopping centre. The box then breaks mid transit causing huge delays. Most boxes have a burst measure on the bottom telling you their strength. Use it!
  2. Make sure you secure your package properly. Make sure that you secure your package with tape designed for the job. Don’t use sticky tape, masking tape or plasters, use packing tape. It will hold up, making sure your stuff doesn't fall out.
  3. Make sure your box is well labelled. Here is another one that drives the carriers properly. You need to print out and attach the provided shipping label to the box. Failure to do so highly increases your chances of the package disappearing.
  4. Make sure the box doesn't have writing all over it. Another pet hate for carriers is a box that has been used 20 times already and is covered in writing. It means that they cannot simply pick it up and see where it is going, this can cause big delays. Use a clean and uncluttered box.
  5. Get the size and weight right. Far too often people guesstimate the size and weight, this can play havoc with the carrier’s schedule and can often mean the package is delayed. Measure it accurately before you organise the carrier.

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