How to Bundle you Packages for Shipping

How to Bundle you Packages for Shipping.

UPS and FedEx are very specific about how they want you to safely bundle your packages.  There are three ways to accomplish this.

The image to the right illustrates how the carriers recommend you strap your packages when bundling them.  They suggest two straps in each direction.  They also discourage the strapping from being used as handles.  This can lead to weakened or broken seals which can result in problems in shipping.

The most common material for these purposes is polypropylene strapping.  This material is available in a variety of widths and break strengths.  The strapping can be applied and sealed with manual tools, battery operated hand-held tools, pneumatic tools, or semi-automatic machines. 

For those who will bundle infrequently, tape is an easier option than strapping.  It requires no special tools and is easily applied.

While some carton sealing tapes will suffice, it is highly recommended that filament MOPP tape be used.  This tape most often comes in the form of filament or tensilized tapes.  Filament tape is simply a standard tape but with nylon filament threads running the length of the tape to give it added strength when bundling.  

Tensilized tape is similar in construction, but the filaments are manufactured in to the tape and not visible, and they run both the width and length of the tape.  As with most tapes, it's important to use the appropriate thickness based upon the weight of the product being bundled.

Stretch wrap is similar to tape, but does not have any adhesive quality so it will not leave any residue or mar the boxes.  Bundling stretch wrap comes in widths of 2", 3" and 5".  It also should be applied like the strapping, with the stretch wrap being applied in both directions.  Bundling stretch wrap is probably the easiest to apply of the three methods suggested here.  Stretch wrap strength is measured by gauge, or thickness, with the higher number indicating the thicker wrap, and subsequently that which is applicable for heavier weight bundling operations.  Lightweight bundling applications can use lower gauge wraps.

There are three handle types available with bundling wrap.

Standard Core - Comes on a 3" core and ships with one plastic plug-in handle per box
Extended Core - Comes on a 1" extended core so that each roll has its own built-in handle

No matter which of these bundling wraps you choose, the actual wrap is the same - only the core and handle are different. 

No matter which method you choose, depending upon your unique needs, bundling your shipping is a clear way to save a potentially significant amount on your shipping.  If you have multiple pieces going to the same destination, this is an option you will want to consider.

If you have any questions about which option may work best for you, or what product will work best, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

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