New in 2017 at U.S. Packaging and Wrapping LLC.

We have several exciting developments we are looking forward to in 2017. First and foremost we are happy to be in our new facility with plenty of land for additional buildings and production area. The new facility allows us to offer several new services to all of our valued customers. Below are some new services and opportunities that will be made available in 2017.

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More Products In Stock

Our Arkansas facility is our most centrally located shipping warehouse. The new, larger facility will offer the ability to carry more products in stock to ensure faster shipping times to companies within the central region.

New Website

Since last year, our web developers have been working on a new website design. The new design will offer a fresh new look to our website while staying focused on keeping the site easy to navigate and find products.

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Virtual Showroom

We are going to offer a new virtual showroom to online customers. We are currently working on our new demo room for shrink machines, vacuum sealers, and bag sealers. The virtual showroom will offer a variety of features including the ability to fully rotate machines and easily click on videos and flyers of each machine offered.

Faster In-House Testing

We have always offered in-house testing on the machines we offer. It is a great way for customers to ensure a specific machine is going to accomplish what they desire. Our limited space in our older showroom often hampered the turn-around time for sample testing. If a machine was not in the showroom, we would have to pull a machine off the racks and unpackage and hook the machine up.

The new, larger showroom is going to have our machines easily available to our warehouse crew. The larger showroom will have all of our popular machines available for same or next day testing of samples.

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Contract Packaging

We will begin running a new line of fully automated shrink wrapping machines within a few months. We will offer the ability to shrink wrap tens of thousands of products daily. Minimums will be based on total film usage and detailed later this year. This is a great way to serve potential customers that can not justify a shrink wrap machine purchase or the labor costs required for packaging products.

New Product Lines

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping will also be offering new product lines to better serve customers. We will be increase our strapping machine offerings and packaging tape offerings. We always welcome new product suggestions from new and existing customers.

We are looking forward to an exciting and prosperous year in 2017. Feel free to shop online or call us at 1-800-441-5090 if there is any way we can assist your packaging purchase.

Shrink Wrapping For E-commerce Sales

Selling products on Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, or your own website can be a very rewarding and lucrative experience. Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy logosWhether making your own products or reselling products, business owners can list products for sale and watch the sales roll in with enough hard work and determination. After enough sales are obtained some business owners may begin to consider alternate forms of product packaging.

The consideration for an alternate form of packaging may come from necessity or want. Some business owners find that products are becoming damaged during transport, while others are wanting to offer a more professional looking packaging. Shrink wrapping can be a solution to many packaging woes. In this post we are going to look at the benefits and uses of shrink wrapping for e-commerce sales and how they may benefit a variety of e-commerce packaging needs.

Often confused with stretch film or vacuum packaging, shrink wrapping involves applying heat to a film to enable it to shrink and conform to the product being wrapped. One of the most widely recognized uses of shrink film is the film used around water bottle cases.

Types of Shrink Film

Shrink Film- Shrink film comes in a variety of forms and is commonly made of four materials. Shrink film can be purchased on single wound and centerfolded rolls. A single wound roll comes off the roll flat, while a centerfolded roll is folded in half length ways. Shrink bags are also a very commonly used form of shrink wrapping and are available in a variety of different sizes. Shrink tubing is the last most common for of shrink wrapping and often comes on a lay flat roll.

The most common material is a PVC shrink film that has a consistency of a cellophane wrap. PVC is crinkly before being shrunk and after heat is applied becomes harder and more rigid.

Polyolefin shrink film is quickly becoming one of the most common materials used in shrink wrapping. It is a softer shrink film with more elasticity than PVC and is also FDA approved for direct food contact.

Polyethylene and polypropylene are strong durable shrink films often used to wrap large heavy products. Cases of water bottles are often packaged with polyethylene shrink film.

What is Needed for Professional Shrink Wrapping

After the form of shrink film is chosen and the material is chosen, two basic items are needed to obtain a professional factory style look.Heat Sealer

Heat Sealer- Heat sealers come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different product sizes and production levels. The most basic heat sealer is an impulse sealer. An impulse sealer has one sealing bar to seal and close open ends. Impulse sealers can be purchases for under $100 up to $400 depending on the size.

The most common heat sealers for medium to high output production are L-Bar sealers. L-Bar sealersL-bar-sealer are used with centerfold shrink film. The two sealing sides of an L-Bar sealer seals and closes all open ends in one motion. L-Bar sealers range in price from $600 up to several thousands of dollars based on size and amenities.

Heating Element- After a heat sealer is used to close the open ends of a shrink wrap package, heat must be applied to the film to shrink it and conform it to the product. For low output shrink wrapping applications, a heat gun is the most common heating element used. Heat guns are available for $50 or less depending on the wattage used.1808-Shrink-Tunnel

For higher production shrink wrapping applications a shrink tunnel is the way to go. A shrink tunnel has a conveyor running through a heated oven. The products are shrunk down and ejected out of the opposite end of the tunnel. Shrink tunnels start at $2000 and can be up to several thousands of dollars depending on size and conveyor speed.

How Can Shrink Wrapping Help My E-commerce Business?

The use of shrink wrap packaging can help e-commerce businesses in several ways. Below is a list of problems shrink wrapping can offer a solution for.Bundled Shrink Wrap Products

Damaged or Leaking Products- One of the worst things customers and businesses can experience is damaged product arrivals. When customers order a product and the product is damaged or leaking everywhere upon arrival. Shrink film can remedy some of these problems.

If multiple products are being shipped within a box, shrink film can be used to bundle the products together. ThisLiquid Leaking Shrink Wrap will help to reduce product shift during transport and when used with the proper void-fill can dramatically reduce damaged products.

For liquid items, shrink film can enclose the container to prevent liquids from leaking all over other products within the shipping container. This is a common use for shrink film with e-commerce businesses. Shrink film can also help caps stay on during transport to reduce leakage.

Increased Professionalism- Shrink wrapping is one of the most affordable and professional packaging solutions Branded Shrink Wrap Productsavailable. Business owners can produce a professional factory look for a few hundred dollars with the right shrink wrap equipment. Once the proper seals and shrink rate is obtained a professionally designed sticker can be applied to the film for branding and product marketing.

Tamper Evidence- Shrink wrapping is a great way to ensure customers are purchasing a product that has not been Tamper Evident Shrink Wrappingtampered with since it was packaged and shipped by the seller. Many e-commerce businesses ship shrink wrapped products with stickers that tell customers not to use the product if the shrink wrap is opened. This offers peace-of-mind to customers to guarantee the product has not been handled since leaving the seller.

Protection From Exterior Elements- For many home deliveries, UPS and Fed Ex often leave packages at the door of Moisture barrier Shrink Wrappingthe buyer. For products sensitive to moisture, a rainstorm can quickly ruin the product. Shrink film can help reduce product loss by protecting a product even if the exterior box becomes wet in a rain storm.

We offer a large selection of shrink wrap products and machines to small and large businesses across the nation. Visit our online store or call us at 1-800-441-5090 with questions or quote requests.

 

Packaging Machine Summer Savings Sale!

The right packaging machines can help increase production, protect products, and promote brands. We offer a large selection and variety of packaging machines online as well as some custom machines. From now until the end of August we are running a machine summer savings sale. Many of out stock machines are on sale and ready to be shipped out. Check out the machines below for details.

Tabletop L Bar Sealer

Was: $631

Now: $570

The 13″x13″ L bar sealer is an excellent shrink wrap machine for packaging a variety of items including: electronics, books, stationary, soaps, and more! The recommended film for the 13″x13″ L Bar sealer is a 12″ or smaller PVC or polyolefin centerfold. An L bar sealer can also be used with shrink bags as well if preferred. The 13″x13″ L Bar sealer comes with the sealer, film rack, and two replacement sealing wires. Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

AVS Vacuum Sealer

Was: $1,995

Now: $1,895

The AVS vacuum sealer is a heavy duty vacuum sealer capable of sealing up to 360 products hour. The AVS vacuum sealer requires a 18 gallon external compressor for optimal packaging speeds. All AVS vacuum sealers come with a 1 year manufacturers warranty and are capable of sealing vacuum bags up to an 8 mil thickness. Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 100 Strapping Machine

Was: $860

Now: $799.99

The Eagle 100 strapping machine 110v is an excellent machine for low to medium production levels. The Eagle 100 can strap up to 30 straps per minute. The Eagle 100 features: adjustable cool down, automatic motor shutoff, instant heat sealing, locking casters, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

TL-1622MK Combo Shrink Wrap Machine

Was: $9,900

Now: $8,999

 The 1622 shrink wrap machine is a plug and play shrink wrap machine capable of packaging over 600 products per hour. The 1622 shrink wrap machine features: Micro Knife sealing wire, auto discharge conveyor, magnetic hold down, adjustable seal time, adjustable tunnel conveyor speed and temp, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 2000B Stretch Wrap Machine

Was: $6,200

Now: $7,700

The Eagle 2000B stretch wrap machine is a work horse stretch wrap machine capable of all day applications. It is a stock item and can ship within 48 hours of a completed order. The Eagle 2000B features: Chain driven turntable, 110v plug-in, LCD control panel, machine stretch up to 250%, 12 revolutions per minute, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 2000BWS stretch wrap machine

Was: $9,350

Now: $8,995

The Eagle 2000BWS is the standard 2000B stretch wrap machine with a built-in scale capable of a 5,000 lb. weight limit. The eagle 2000BWS features: 110v power supply, 3 year manufacturers warranty, automatic load height sensor, max load height of 87″, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

All machines currently on sale are stock items and can typically ship within 48 hours of a completed order while supplies last. Call us at 1-800-441-5090 or visit www.uspackagingandwrapping.com to view all of our products online.

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping Year In Review

This year was an exciting year for America and U.S. Packaging & Wrapping. The country continues to climb out of recession and many businesses are increasing sales. Increased sales and production for businesses means more demand for packaging products.

We want to thank all of our customers from small start-up companies to large multi-billion dollar companies. All of our customers matter and we try to exceed all expectations. We believe in the private sector and want to do what we can to help business succeed and meet their customers needs.

Videos

This year, to help assist our customers we focused on several areas, one being product videos and demonstrations. Our Youtube account features over 50 video tutorials. Anytime our sales staff or customer service department receives repeat questions about certain problems or specific item in we try to make a video to use as a visual aid.

Below are some of our more popular videos from 2014.

We created this video around March of this year. We had a lot of customers calling after watching our Iphone shrink wrapping video wanting to know how an Ipad would look before they bought our 13″ I-Bar system. Our marketing team decided the video would be a great compliment to the existing Iphone video as well as a great visual aid to potential customers.

The video of our portable L-Bar sealer is an excellent visual display of our L-Bar sealer capability. This video shows what an L-Bar sealer does and why it is an efficient way to seal centerfold shrink wrap.

We receive multiple calls each day about the differences between PVC and Polyolefin shrink film. Our marketing team put together a video to display the differences between the two films. Some difficult differences to display on camera is the differences in the texture and smell of the two films.

Our shrink packaging systems have quickly became a favorite packaging product for companies across the United States. They are all-in-one systems to seal and shrink products. An excellent option for companies concerned about saving space and time.

New Products

Another focus in 2014 and will be in 2015 is product development. We are constantly trying to find new products and machines to complement our existing offerings. This year we were able to add a variety of products to our offering. See a couple of our more popular new products below.

Food & Meat Wrapping MachineOne of our best-selling items of 2014. An ideal machine for meat markets, general stores, grocery stores, and more. Our product development team decided to add the food and meat wrapping machine to our product offering to complement our existing meat film line.

100 Gauge Meat FilmFor years we always offered a 70 gauge meat film as our thickest meat film. After several requests from customers we are now offering a 100 gauge meat film in 15 and 18 inch widths. The 100 gauge meat film works great for long-term freezer storage.

Colored Shrink FilmThis is another product often requested by customers. After determining common colors and sizes, we began offering 500 ft. and 2000 ft. colored PVC shrink rolls in multiple sizes and colors. We have sold hundreds of colored film rolls to companies across the United States since we began offering this item earlier in the year.

Auto Bundling Stretch Film RollsWe began offering auto bundling rolls earlier in the year and they immediately began to sell. Many of our existing bundling film customers purchased auto rolls by the pallet.

There are many other products that were added to our product offering throughout this year, but the ones listed are some new products that immediately took off.

Discounts

Another very important part of our customer experience focus this year was our discounts. This year we offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in discounts to our customers. These discounts come in a variety of forms. In just packaging points alone there were over 500,000 points redeemed equal to over $500,000 in customer savings.

The other discounts were experienced through price breaks and sale items. All of our products offered are available at discount pricing with 5 or more mix and matched products. This is something that has always been offered. The discounts we worked really hard to improve this year were our sale items. We now offer a large selection of heat shrink wrap specials and stretch film specials.

We are looking forward to 2015 and growing with your business. We will post a blog post in a few days about new and exciting things to look forward to in 2015. We would like to thank our customers again for a wonderful and prosperous 2014. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Reduce Shrink Wrap Waste!

We are always advocates for reducing packaging waste. The reduction of packaging waste can reduce environmental impact as well as reduce packaging costs. We wrote an article last year about reducing stretch film waste. The focus on that article was increasing load efficiency. More efficient loads with more products requires less pallets to be wrapped.

Earlier this year we wrote a follow-up article titled Stretch Wrap Savings. This article focused on reducing stretch film waste by down gauging and using a stronger, stiffer stretch film. One issue we have never addressed in a blog post is the reduction of shrink wrap waste. There are two primary ways to reduce shrink wrap waste and save money on film costs. We will highlight each way in text as well as show videos of how to reduce shrink wrap waste.

Reduce Centerfold Film Width

Both PVC and Polyolefin centerfold shrink film are often used with high-speed machines. Whether running a high-speed machine or a manual machine, reducing the width of the shrink film roll can dramatically reduce waste and cost.

When wrapping a product, if there is more than 1.5 inches of excess film after the seal is made, a smaller width of film can be used. Reducing film width by two inches on a standard 3500 ft. x 75 gauge polyolefin shrink roll will save 583 square ft. of shrink film.

Excess waste is common when companies are wrapping products of different sizes. If the plan is to only wrap a few products of different sizes, buying one large roll of shrink film to cover all products is an economical option. If wrapping hundreds or thousands of different sized products, buying a centerfold film width to accommodate each different product size will reduce film waste and cost.

The video below shows the excess film waste using a 12 inch roll when an 8 inch roll can be used. The total square footage saved over a 3500 ft. roll is 1166 square ft. That is half of the total square footage in an 8″x3500’x75 ga. polyolefin roll.

Make One Bag Two Bags

Shrink bags are a very popular shrink wrapping product. Companies use them to wrap a large variety of objects. One of the negatives about using shrink bags is they are only stocked in certain sizes. This can mean excess waste when wrapping products that do not fit exactly into the bag you are wrapping.

With shrink bags, most waste often comes from the excess length of the bag. There are several occasions that one shrink bag can be made into two bags with a couple of extra seals. Depending on the products being wrapped, one shrink bag can often be made into multiple bags.

This concept can be used with shrink tubing as well as centerfold shrink film. With shrink tubing, the smallest roll we offer is 2.5 inches wide which will fit a product with a circumference up to 4.5 inches. If your product only has a 2 inch circumference, then two tubes can be made out of a 2.5 inch tubing.

Centerfold shrink film is often hard to find in anything less than 6 to 8 inches wide. This can mean a lot of waste for small products. The ability to use the excess centerfold will reduce waste and cost. Because this is hard to explain exactly how to do it, we have made a video below to see what we are referring to.

The video below shows how to wrap multiple small products with a 12″ centerfold shrink wrap roll. It also shows how to make multiple shrink bags from one bag and multiple packages from shrink tubing.

Both ideas mentioned in this post are excellent ways to reduce shrink film waste and reduce shrink film cost. If you have any questions about the products used in this video or any other shrink wrapping products call us at 1-800-441-5090.

Protect Products From Electrostatic Discharge

Static discharge can be incredibly damaging to a variety of products across multiple industries. Electronics and flammable products are most commonly effected by electrostatic discharge. We are going to highlight some primary and secondary anti static packaging options for static sensitive products. The proper packaging material will help reduce product loss from static discharge.

Common flexible or plastic packaging materials that protect from static discharge include an anti static additive within the resin mixture. The additive is a chemical that makes the surface of the material resistant to static charging. Many anti static additives attract moisture to create a layer on the surface of the material that is not conductive.

Conductive and shielding materials are also commonly used with static sensitive products. Both conductive and shielding products create a Faraday Cage around enclosed products. A Faraday Cage blocks external static electricity by channeling the electricity around the bag or tubing.

View some common packaging products below that are often used to protect products from static discharge.

Anti Static Poly Bags and Tubing – The anti static additive eliminates the static charge found in case packed poly bags. Anti static

Anti Static Tubing and Bags!

Anti Static Tubing and Bags!

poly bags and tubing are excellent for wrapping individual or bundled products sensitive to static discharge. Another advantage to eliminating static from primary packaging such as poly bags and tubing, is the reduction of dust and other particles attracted to statically charged materials.

We offer sealable static bags and tubing in 2 and 4 mil thicknesses. We also offer reclosable anti static bags in a 4 mil thickness. Our sealable anti static bags and tubing can be used with hand-held impulse sealers or high speed machines. They provide excellent puncture and tear resistance to product products from exterior elements. We have the ability to have custom widths, lengths, and thicknesses produced upon request. Call us for minimums and lead times.

Anti Static Stretch Film – We offer anti static stretch film in both hand and machine rolls. The anti static stretch film uses the same additive found in our anti static poly bags and tubing. Most customers choose anti static stretch film for secondary packaging and securing of full pallet loads of electronics or flammable materials. Many users wrap chemical and flammable drums on pallet skids to protect from electrostatic discharge.

We stock hand rolls of anti static stretch film in 18 inch widths and machine rolls in 20 inch widths. We can have a variety of sizes and thicknesses custom produced. Minimums on custom anti static stretch film are pallet quantities with normal lead times being 2 – 3 weeks.

Conductive Tubing and Bags

Conductive Tubing and Bags

Conductive Bags & Tubing – Conductive tubing and bags are completely opaque and fully conceal enclosed products. All conductive tubing and bags are made from layers of carbon loaded polyethylene to protect products from static discharge. Conductive bags and tubing are normally a great option for obtaining the same advantages of the anti static bags and tubing while still obtaining a completely concealed opaque primary packaging.

All conductive bags and tubing are heat sealable 4 mil thick layered polyethylene. Tubing rolls are offered in 750 ft. lengths and bags are offered in case quantities of 100.

Static Shielding Bags – Static shielding bags are transparent bags that offer Faraday Cage Protection. All static shielding bags are layered bags composed of an anti static exterior. Another interior layer of the bags is made from aluminum to help conduct static charge around the bag.

Static shielding bags are available in a 3 Mil thickness in width from 2 – 24 inches wide. Each case contains 100 bags. We offer quantity discounts beginning at five cases. Call us or request a quote online for quantity pricing.

If you have any questions about packaging for static sensitive products, call us visit us online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

New Packaging Supplies and Machines At U.S. Packaging & Wrapping

We are constantly trying to offer new packaging supplies and machinery available online. Our product development team is always seeking new products to offer for both food and industrial packaging to better serve our customers. Over the past couple of months, they have added a large number of supplies and machines. In this post we are going to highlight some of those additions and how they can assist in packaging a wide variety of products across multiple industries.

New Packaging Supplies

 

Polyethylene Shrink Bundling FilmPolyethylene shrink bundling film is an excellent option for customers wrapping large heavy Polyethylene Shrink Bundling Filmobjects. We currently stock shrink bundling film in a 2 Mil thickness in widths from 16 – 24 inches. All of our stock rolls are single wound rolls, meaning they come off of the rolls as a flat sheet. We have the capability for custom orders of centerfold shrink bundling film up to a 3 Mil thickness.

Polyethylene shrink bundling film is often used to package cases of bottled water,  canned goods, and other heavy objects. Polyethylene offers excellent puncture and tear resistance. Another common use for shrink bundling film is for bundling firewood. The heavy thickness offers an excellent hold for small bundles of firewood being sold at gas stations and quick-stops around the country. Call us if you have any questions or would like a custom quote.Color Tinted Machine Stretch Film

Color Tinted Machine Stretch FilmWe have always offered a color tinted machine stretch film, but now we are offering new equivalent film rolls. The equivalent machine stretch film rolls are thinner, but offer the same loading strength of an 80 gauge stretch film. We recommend them for any loads up to 2200 lbs. We do not recommend the equivalent film for wrapping products with sharp jagged corners.

We have multiple colors available. All rolls are 20″x5000’x63 ga. Colors available are: Blue, Red, Green, and Black. We have several other colors available in true 80 ga. as well. All pallet loads (40 Rolls) ship free anywhere in the Continental United States. Call us for quote of 5 or more rolls.Discounted Shrink Film

Discount Heat Shrink Film RollsWe have increased our heat shrink film sale items. We have several new sizes of PVC and Polyolefin shrink film rolls now available online. All specials are offered based on a two roll order of each size. Customers can save up to $13 per roll of shrink film by ordering two or more rolls of the same size.

New Shrink Wrap Machines

1519 ECMC Shrink Wrap Combo SystemOur new shrink combo systems offer an L-Bar sealer and shrink tunnel in one machine. The 1519 ECMC has a 15″x19″ L-Bar sealer and a 16″x20″x6″ shrink tunnel. The L-Bar sealer includes a magnetic hold down and an automatic discharge conveyor that transports the sealed package into the shrink tunnel after the seal is complete. See our demo video below for more clarification. All machines can ship within 24 hours of the purchase.

1622 MK Shrink Wrap Combo System The 1622 shrink combo system offers the same benefits as the 1519 except with a larger L-Bar sealer and shrink tunnel. The 1622 MK has a 16″x22″ L-Bar sealer and a 18″x28″x8″ shrink tunnel. Users can wrap several hundreds of products per day up to several thousands of products per day. The video below shows the 1622 MK in action.

Visit our online store to view all of our products. Call us for quotes on any orders over 5 of more products. If you have any questions about freight charges or shipping charges our sales team would be happy to assist.

 

 

Save Money Packaging For Ebay

We have several customers that sell a large percentage of their products on Ebay. Ebay can be a great way to sell products quickly and efficiently. Ebay offers different incentives to sellers for offering free shipping. Understanding this and using this if possible as a seller can help in many ways. We understand that some products (like most materials and machines we sell) can not include free shipping due to weight and size, but if possible it is a good Idea. We are going to highlight some ways to increase the bottom line when offering free shipping and reduce shipping costs on products that can not be offered with free shipping.

Why Ship For Free?

No seller wants to pay for shipping that will eat into profit margins. Some small light weight objects are not very expensive to ship so Free Shippingoffering free shipping does not hurt margins too bad, on some larger objects shipping can be expensive. Below are some reasons to consider offering free shipping when selling on Ebay.

1. Sellers offering free shipping will automatically receive a 5-star rating on shipping and handling charges.

2. Product listings will be prominently displayed with the words “Free Shipping” next to the listing.

3. Free shipping is one less reason for buyers to leave negative feedback due to high shipping charges.

4. The word “Free” is an excellent call-to-action word. It invites buyers to view your listing.

5. Many people search using the “Free Shipping” option to sort through results.

A great Ebay thread that explains the benefits of freee shipping can be found here. Now that we have looked at the benefits of offering free shipping we want to explain how to save money and add to the bottom line when packaging and shipping products sold on Ebay.

Save Money on Product Packaging and ShippingMoney-Sign

All of the suggestions below are great ways to reduce shipping costs when offering free shipping or paid shipping. Using the suggestions below should help increase revenue by offering free shipping or save customers money when paying for shipping.

Keep Shipping Options OpenHaving an account with all three major shippers (USPS, UPS, Fed Ex) enables sellers to shop for the best rate. Shipping rates can vary dramatically depending on the final destination and product size. It is important to price shop on shipping rates. Shipping rates from carrier-to-carrier can vary from a few cents to several dollars per package. Over hundreds or thousands of packages per year this one suggestion could add thousands of dollars to the bottom line.

Ship Flat Rate if PossibleShipping in a flat rate box can be a great option for Ebay shippers to save on shipping costs. Flat rate boxes are an excellent way to save money on heavy products that would cost much more to ship regular ground shipping. Recently Fed Ex began offering flat rate shipping as well. We recommend comparing Fed Ex flat rate to USPS flat rate boxes to find the better option for shipping products.

Another great way to save when shipping with flat rate boxes is to use the free box provided by Fed Ex or UPS as the external packaging to protect your products. Corrugated boxes are expensive, take advantage of the free flat rate boxes. We have several clients that make products, shrink wrap the products and use a professionally printed sticker to label the product. Heat shrink wrapping is much more cost effective than corrugated packaging. Using shrink wrap or polyethylene bags as the primary packaging and the flat rate box as the secondary external packaging saves money each shipment.

Bundle and SaveIf shipping multiple product together to one location we recommend using strapping to bundle. Strapping two corrugated boxes together shipping regular ground UPS is much cheaper than shipping two individual boxes. Sellers can buy an all-in-one strapping kit for under $40 dollars to strap products together. View our video below to see the strapping kit in action.

 

By using the suggestions mentioned above, companies can save thousands of dollars on shipping costs. Reducing shipping costs helps to make products more attractive to buyers and increases bottom line profits. If you need any packaging supplies or materials visit our online store at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.