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Foam Packaging for Fragile Shipments

When shipping delicate items, it often isn’t enough to rely upon the “Fragile” label to keep products safe. With upwards of 24 million packages being delivered any given day, it is easy for handlers to miss written requests to handle items with the care they require. In busy fast-paced warehouse environments, it is often difficult for employees to see every request for gentle handling. It becomes the responsibility of the businesses to take extra precautions before shipping their products.

Protect Fragile Shipments

Foam packaging can easily be custom-cut to provide that extra protection for your fragile merchandise. Hughes offers the full line of Instapak Foam Packing products including: Instapak® Foam-in-Place Packaging, Instapak® 900 Series Systems Instapak, Quick Packaging Instapak® Foam-in-Bag Systems, SpeedyPacker Insight System and the Instapacker Tabletop System.

3 Reasons to Choose Custom-Cut Foam Materials

1. Standard Foam Fabrication can be too Loose.

Using packing peanuts, airbags, or other packing materials oftentimes isn’t enough to counter the movements during transfer. Businesses who opt for standard foam fabrication at first may end up experiencing product damage…potentially losing a customer in the process. Alternatively, Instapak foam has unique cushioning properties that protect your products during shipping, warehousing and handling.

2. An Overly Snug Fit can be Problematic.

This is another negative to utilizing standard foam fabrication. A snug fit may seem safer than a loose fit. In this instance, at least the merchandise will not shift around inside its packaging. However, consider the environment through which packages travel. In densely-packed trucks, boxes put pressure on each other. If tight-fitting foam is already putting pressure on fragile merchandise, this extra weight could easily cause enough stress to damage the product. Custom-cut foam fabrication easily addresses this issue with just the right amount of protection and support.

3. Lack of any Foam Fabrication is Risky.

Notifying shipping companies that a package is fragile only goes so far. Labeling the box with the word “Fragile” is just one small part of the process. With fast-paced warehouse environments and rough roads during shipping, using custom-cut foam fabrication is simply the best choice. Particularly if the product in question is expensive, the extra cost involved in foam fabrication is worth not having to replace a damaged item. Interestingly, Popular Mechanics posted an article about “Which Shipping Company is Kindest to your Package.” They mailed a bunch of sensors on an epic journey to find out which one is the most careful with your packages.

Advantages of Foam Packaging

Most foam packaging is recyclable, requires little or no assembly time, and provides excellent cushioning properties. In addition, it is moisture resistant, which prevents bacterial growth. It is also lightweight yet sturdy and non-abrasive for the most delicate of products. Read more about the benefits of Instapak® foam packaging on our website.

Hughes Enterprises: Packaging Systems Solutions

Hughes provides many packaging options to keep products safe. Browse through their offers by visiting their website. Customers interested in purchasing a product may also feel free to contact a Hughes representative. Our goal is to provide packaging merchandise tailored to customers’ needs.

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