It is neither practical nor time efficient for most distributors to stock multiple container sizes to accommodate shipping different product weights and sizes. Therefore, most items get shipped in boxes that are generally too big. So, what is the easiest way to fill the boxes and protect the product from shipping damage?
The solution is void fill. Void fill is packing the remainder of the box with materials to hold the product in place. The shipping supplies used to tackle this task include crumpled paper, loose peanuts (Styrofoam or biodegradable), or air pillows. All of these products serve the same universal purpose: to keep your goods from shifting and potentially breaking. Before choosing one method over another, it is advisable to consider several areas.
First take into account the product’s weight and size. Items that take up most of the box probably only need a small amount of peanuts or crumpled paper. There is no point in trying to fit shipping supplies like air pillows or bubble wrap into such a tiny space. Consider storage and cleanup, too. Some materials, such as peanuts, must be shipped to and stored in your facility and will always be on the floor taking up useful inventory space. Next, think about the fragility of your shipment. If the merchandise is considered very delicate or breakable, you will want a shipping product with more stability – use air pillows.
Air pillows (otherwise known as inflatable packaging) save time and money when packing boxes. They are produced by a small, effortless machine where the controller can adjust the air-fill levels and select pillow sizes that best suit his or her needs. One of the most obvious benefits of using air pillows is its increased durability. This shipping product is ideal for heavier, delicate objects because it can handle more weight than peanuts or paper.
The point is your selected method of void fill really depends on what products and quantities you are shipping. For instance, if you have a small business in Miami that ships clothing, there really is no need to invest in air pillows. Since clothes are generally unbreakable, crumpled paper would be the perfect shipping product for this situation. Whatever void fill technique you choose to implement, TOTALPACK has you covered. Located in Miami, FL, we sell everything from packaging peanuts to inflatable air pillows and inflator tools. Check it out for yourself!