Packaging Essentials: Packaging Supplies E-Commerce Retailers Must Have


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E-commerce is here to stay, and it has changed the face of retail forever. The e-commerce landscape keeps on reinventing itself and the changing dynamics of e-commerce packaging made a significant contribution to meet the needs of consumers and online retailers.

Just remember the feeling when you picked up your first iPhone? Taking off the plastic seal and feeling the sleek white box? By touching the box for the very first time you already felt the importance, quality & significance of this device. This is no coincidence! Apple meticulously strategized how they were going to package their product to align with their branding of providing top of the line product innovation & consumer experience!
It is clear that packaging plays a large role in the perceived value of a product and as a whole, the packaging industry really hasn’t changed too much in the past years, compared to the constant innovations made in portable technology. Whether you have just started your e-commerce business or a printing and packaging services, there a few factors you need to always consider for keeping your business running successfully, no matter how technological advanced your packaging system is.

These factors are convenience (both for you and your customer), storage space and cost of packaging. Here’s the list of essential packaging materials that e-commerce retailers should always keep handy and in stock:

Right-Sized Corrugated Boxes
To keep the shipping cost low and reduce wastage, it is clever to pack your products keeping in mind the size, the weight and the shape of the product because one size of the shipping does not fit all types of products. Corrugated boxes are strong, versatile, and sturdy and come in varying sizes. Choose the right sized corrugated boxes to ensure safe delivery of products to your customers.

Bubble Mailers
Small items like books and clothes can be packed in bubble mailers. They are a cost-effective alternative to larger boxes. The product when packed in bubble mailers stay safe; occupies less space and reduces shipping costs. These bubble mailers can be used creatively to send your brand messages across to your customers.

Bubble Wrap and Other Cushioning, Padding Products
Packing your products in boxes isn’t enough. You need to make sure that there is enough cushioning around the products to keep them intact and protected during transit. The bubble wrap and other cushioning products prevent fragile items from breaking. However, make sure that you don’t overfill the boxes as they add to the weight of the box, thus increasing your shipping costs.

Poly bags

A poly bag, also known as a pouch or a plastic bag, is manufactured out of flexible, thin, plastic film fabric. It is one of the common types of packaging and can carry a wide range of products including food items, flowers, waste, chemicals, magazines, and so on.

Poly bags are durable yet lightweight, reusable and flexible. Since poly bags are structurally simple to make, it can be fully customized in design, style & sizes but still remain cost-effective. Plastic recycling is also possible with poly bags, depending on the construction. Most of the poly bags are made with security features, tape attachments, hanging holes, and carrying handles to make sure the products are well secured and visually appealing to the customer.

Foil sealed bags

Foil sealed bags can be seen typically in most coffee and tea packaging. Why? It keeps the products dense to maintain the flavor, protects it from bacteria coming in and helps increase shelf life. Apart from food, foil sealed bags are also used to package bedding and clothing products. The process involves removing the oxygen from the bag to keep the fabric tight and secure in order to prevent the growth of fungi and other bacteria. Nuts, cereals, smoked fish, cheese and cured meats are also packaged with foil sealed bags to prevent from spoilage.


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