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A Simple Guide: Does Your Packaging Stand Up?

The regular shipping of goods is a key activity of many businesses today. Whilst some companies have been shipping items for quite a while, some newer start-ups may only now be looking to complete their first orders. In any instance, good packaging is vital to keep products safe and secure during the shipping process.

Good Packaging!

Using a courier to ship items is often the most efficient way to have your items delivered both domestically and internationally. Often during the transit process, your parcel will be subjected to high levels of pressure that the contents might not be able to withstand without first providing adequate protection.

Here at, we do recommend a drop-test as a means of measuring the survivability of your box and its contents. To conduct a simple test at home simply follow the steps beneath.

1. Making sure that you have a clear space where you can drop your parcel straight down without it damaging anything or becoming an obstacle of any sort.
2. At this stage, simply hold your parcel out at the designated height listed on the table below and drop your parcel without moving.
3. If your parcel remains intact and all contents within remain undamaged, your parcel is ready for shipping.

To carry out a drop-test, follow these drop height standards:
• Up to 10kg – 76cm
• Up to 18kg – 61cm
• Up to 27kg – 46cm
• Up to 45kg – 30cm
• Up to 68kg – 20cm

How Strong Should My Box Be?
• Under 11kg – Double-walled Corrugated Box
• Under 31kg – Triple-walled Corrugated Box
• Over 41kg will likely need a strong wooden box.

Product Packaging!

When it comes to shipping by courier most items can be comfortably placed inside of your regular cardboard box. This is very different when sending other items such as bikes, musical instruments and artwork. These should ideally be shipped in specialist packaging.

Good Packaging!

It doesn’t matter what you might ship, having the confidence that your item will arrive at its destination address intact is very important. A well cushioned item is the most important way to ensure that no damage whatsoever occurs during the shipping process. Prior to commencing the packaging process, you should have polystyrene peanuts or packaging paper at the ready.

• Firstly, pour packaging material into the base of your box. It is important to have a layer of packaging material covering the entire base.
• Ensuring your item fits comfortably inside the box, place it on top of the layer of packaging material.
• Now, add more packaging material making sure that the sides of the item in question are cushioned from the sides of the box.
• Once the box is filled with material, close the box and give it a good shake. If you detect any movement, add more packaging material.
• The final step before sending is to seal your parcel. We recommend wrapping a strong tape around your box at least 3 times to ensure sufficiently.

In the instance you are unsure of which box to pick, we recommend that you speak to our Customer Service Team in for advice.


How to Send a Document Abroad

In today’s world of emails sending documents abroad may seem a little archaic, but in many instances, it is necessary to have a solid document to sign or amend. In the event that a document needs to be physically present, it is equally as important to have said document arrive in the most secure fashion possible.

One important factor to remember when shipping documents abroad is that in most countries, documents can pass straight through customs on arrival. In the case of most other parcels, customs paperwork will have to go into some details about the contents of your package. Sourcing this information can often be difficult and time consuming.

When starting the process of sending a document, often a phone call to the recipient could allow you to resolve the need for a sent document with a scanner and access to email. In the instance it is not possible or permitted to scan an important document, the team here at ParcelDirect are ready to assist you.

Sending Documents by Courier

When you book a delivery with the team here at ParcelDirect we offer a range of delivery options with the world’s finest courier companies. A number of our courier partners are able to deliver to a number of destinations more quickly while others offer a cheaper service. When it comes to the delivery of important documents, it is important to have full control over your shipment, which is why we offer a broad range of options.

For the best rates on a broad range of parcel delivery options, please contact the team at

Points to consider when choosing the right courier company for your SME business

For an SME choosing the right courier partner is an important decision not to be taken lightly. Why is this you may ask? The right courier partner can help you to increase the growth rate of your overall business.
So, what are the factors to consider when choosing the most suitable courier partner for you. In this post, we will discuss the 4 facts involved.

Are you in need of an Urgent Delivery Service?

In the first instance you must choose the best courier partner if you need something to be delivered urgently. It is important that the courier partner is immediately available for any urgent package requiring immediate collection and delivery.

Does it matter Who Delivers or Collects My Goods?

The provision of a quality service is one of the chief concerns for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) who need to deliver their products to end customers. It is important as a small business seeking to generate repeat business that a courier service which can provide the highest quality parcel delivery service is selected.

What’s the Courier Package Size Limitation and Weight Limitation?

Courier companies will provide differing limitations on parcel deliveries. Certain companies will focus mainly on providing large size parcel delivery services whilst other will focus more on providing a service for lightweight parcels. A small number of courier companies will specialise in providing both of these services. It is important to take note of this before deciding on your courier partner.

Have you insured your Shipment?

Prior to choosing your courier partner, you should always make sure that your parcel is insured throughout the delivery process. Insuring your parcel will enable you to claim back on any loss through insurance.

In the case of a high value item, we would recommend getting insurance cover as substantial loss may be incurred due to a lost or damaged parcel.

Should you have any questions on parcel delivery services, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us here at


How to pack glass for shipping with

Although it can sometime seem like a daunting task, at some stage in your life, you will have to pack a piece of delicate glass or glazed picture. At we understand these items are some of the most precious and risky pieces to send anywhere. They are very fragile and prone to damages.

Carefully packing your glass items when relocating home or sending them with a courier abroad is a very important task. If they are not packed correctly, they will almost certainly arrive at their destination damaged.

But if you follow our advice below, we can help ensure they arrive in one piece

How to Pack Glass Items

Before you begin, it is important to make sure you have the correct packing supplies

First you will need a good double walled box. We always recommend a new box, but if you can’t find one they just make sure you reinforce any recycled boxes.

Then you will need to wrap all your glass in paper. If you don’t have packing paper, newspaper makes a great substitute.

Next, you should cut your bubble wrap into suitable sizes, and wrap your glassware in as much as possible. You should use packing tape to secure the bubble wrap. Remember, use lots.

You can then wrap them in cling wrap, to add another layer of protection and keep the bubble wrap nice and tight around your items

Finally add a generous amount of packing peanuts into the box to help prevent and damage during the shipping process.

How to Pack and Seal Your Box

Place your packed glass into the box, so it fits snuggly, not too tightly packed. Fill your box with plenty of packing peanuts. Make sure to shake you box and push the peanuts around and into any spaces between the items. You can also use newspaper in the same way. Continue this until the box is full and there is no movement in the box when you shake it.

Once this in complete, seal up your box with lots of good packing tape. Ad some fragile tape or stickers if you have them.

Now just attach you shipping labels and relax while the courier calls to collect your parcel.