Electrical & Electronics · October 27, 2020

5 Things to Know About Shipping Electronics

With advancements in technology bringing about a constant stream of newer and better electronic products, electronics are in high demand globally. If you are running an e-commerce store, these products will likely be significant drivers of demand. The problem with electronics, however, is that they tend to be delicate, and therefore require special care. Thankfully, we can guide you through a few clever ideas for safely shipping your electronic items.

Pack the Box Tightly

One of the major ways that electronics get damaged during delivery, is from sliding around within the packaging. This will likely happen several times over, and each time, the product is at risk of damage. A tightly packed box, however, leaves little room for items to slide around and potentially get damaged. You can achieve this by filling up a box with foam or bubble wrap to both immobilize the electronic device, as well as to serve as an impact absorber.

Double Boxing

As already noted, packing boxes tightly is a good idea. Another way to keep your electronic products safe is double boxing. Double boxing is where the product is packed in one box which is in turn packed within a larger box. A double boxed package will also be filled with multiple layers of internal padding, as well as tape to protect its seams on the outside.

Take Extra Care of Batteries

Many electronics will come with detachable batteries—if they do, you will need to take extra care in packaging. Given that most modern batteries are lithium-based, and lithium is known for being flammable, preventing potential fires should be a major concern. Where batteries are detachable, be sure to completely wrap them with an insulating material or otherwise ensure that the terminals are protected from exposure, which could lead to short-circuiting.

Pack Accessories Separately

Most electronics have several components and depending on how these are delivered, they may be more or less convenient for the user to understand what each piece is and how to use it. It is a good idea, therefore, to separate and label individual items, such as cords and other accessories, from the main product.

Get Shipping Insurance

Cargo damage is fairly common with shipping, a problem every supplier must consider and mitigate against. When customers are receiving broken or otherwise damaged goods or not receiving them at all, the consequences may range from financial to reputational damage and are all best avoided. It is advised that you act proactively to ensure that when an unforeseen event occurs, your business will properly be covered with dedicated insurance for electronics.

Key Takeaway

When shipping electronics, you must proactively predict and preempt possible risks. A failure to do so may mean loss of business, serious reputational damage, and loss of money.

Unfortunately, you won’t likely be in control of your shipping and logistics, so the process begins by choosing a shipping and logistics partner you can trust. Be sure to also follow the tips provided in this article to further minimize the risks of trouble with your shipping.