What is the safest & most economical way to ship a parcel?

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Shipping a parcel can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to ensuring the security of your goods while also keeping costs low. With the growing number of shipping options available, it can be difficult to determine the best method for your specific needs. In this blog, we'll explore the safest and most economical way to ship a parcel, taking into account factors such as transit time, delivery options, and package protection.

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Balance the time and cost of shipping.

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One of the first things to consider when shipping a parcel is the size and weight of your package. Larger and heavier packages typically cost more to ship, so ground transportation would be the most economical option. These typically deliver within one week between any US locations. Smaller packages can be sent by air for one or two day delivery time.

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Select a reputable shipping carrier.

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The next step is to choose a reputable shipping carrier. Major companies such as UPS, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) all offer different shipping options with varying levels of speed. They all offer a signature required delivery option to ensure no porch pirates intercept your package. Reputable shipping carriers afford a security that exceeds that of the average home, where thousands are permanently destroyed by fires, floods, and storms each year.

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Use a new, corrugated cardboard box.

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The integrity of your shipping container is critical. Use a new corrugated cardboard box, not a reused container that has already aged through the shipping system. You'll want to make sure your goods are properly packaged with enough cushioning so they don't move around inside your box. Most contents are damaged due to poor packaging, not because of mishandling by the carrier.

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Have secondary containment for your contents.

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Make sure there is secondary containment of the articles inside your box. These means placing your one item, or multiple items, inside a sealed plastic bag. Use a tough material, like 3 MIL polyethylene, and seal it with a zip tie to make it water proof. It's much easier for the shipping carrier to deal with your contained contents if the box should break in transit.

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Use labeling inside your parcel too.

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Sometimes shipping labels get torn off, or the printing rubs off if the label gets wet. How does the shipping carrier identify your package when this happens? There's nothing to help them if there's no packing slip inside, identifying the owner. Make it even easier for the carrier by adhering a label to the inside of your box too.

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Track packages each day.

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Finally, consider using a shipping service that provides real-time tracking. This allows you to monitor the progress of your shipment and receive updates on its location and delivery status. This is particularly important if you are shipping a valuable or time-sensitive item, as it provides you with the information you need to make informed decisions and take appropriate action if necessary.

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Written by Geoff Weber

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