Now you have a new product that you are ready to sell. You suddenly realize that packaging is a crucial aspect of selling online. It’s essential to protect your items during shipping with Connected packaging. You can look at the shipping methods of others with similar items. This is a great place to start! Then you make a random guess and pray for the best.
There’s a better way. Imagine if there was a way to organize your thoughts about packaging. Imagine being sure your packaging decisions were made based on all relevant factors. In their book Fundamentals of Packaging Technology. What? You may not know that Packaging Engineering is an entire industry. Many experts have studied the shipping conditions of your products and created a checklist. Knowing a little about packaging engineering will help you organize your thoughts so you don’t miss anything or make stupid mistakes.
Don’t worry; most people don’t. Start thinking about the technical aspects of packaging, and you’ll be ahead of the pack. There is an organization for packaging called the IoPP. Here are the four functions of packaging as defined by them. They were sold at craft fairs in the area. Rhonda, a retired nurse, is an extravert by nature. Rhonda preferred to sell in person because she could talk with customers and fellow Makers.
Sometimes things do happen. Rhonda switched to selling online after a worldwide catastrophe made it impossible for her to attend craft fairs in person. Rhonda decided to fulfill her orders herself, which meant she would ship the coasters directly to customers. Now, her focus was on how to send the coasters. Rhonda knew some coasters are shipped in bubble envelopes while others use small cardboard boxes. She wasn’t sure which one she should use. Although the bubble envelope was more affordable, what if the coasters were damaged in transit?
Rhonda describes her product as high-quality and premium with high customer ratings. Rhonda didn’t want her customer to receive a damaged coaster. She didn’t want customers to lose their business because she charged too much for shipping. Process Cat was able to offer some guidance.
Rhonda examines the list and realizes that her instinct to concentrate on mechanical damage (breaking) was correct. Now she realizes she can be more specific: shock, compression, and vibration will be her primary concerns. She also sees the importance of temperature and moisture in extreme circumstances.
Gary, Rhonda’sd, makes cookies Gary and has started selling them via the mail. (Resing all local laws, of course!) Time is crucial for cookies because they have a shelf life. This article is too long to go into detail about food safety packaging. However, packaging can prolong the shelf-life. Foods can be kept cold by using insulated containers and ice packs. You will be familiar with this if you have ordered steaks or other fresh meat by mail.
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is used by bakers who make industrial-scale baked goods such as cookies and crackers. Modified Atmosphere Packaging, or MAP, is a type of modified air that appears to contain air. It contains Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Nitrogen, just like regular air. The “modified” air has less oxygen and more carbon dioxide, which slows down the cookie’s degradation.