If there is one thing that is a massive threat to any company, big or small, it is the shipping damage to the products that are shipped internationally on the supply chain. According to the statistics, almost eighty per cent of the consumers return their products if they notice any sort of damage in them. As a result, companies that are delivering damaged items to their customers face major loss and lose credibility in the eyes of their clients. It can be the cause of direct and indirect expenses, which majorly affects the sales of a company.
However, if you manage to decrease the cost of your cargo and transit damage, you can reduce the shipping costs greatly. Consequently, other departments of your organisation will also be able to utilise the money in a more efficient way. What you need to achieve this sort of stability is through the implementation of the right strategy, packaging, and tools. If a company is successful in achieving all this, it can reduce the shipping cost to 60%.
The following tips can help you reduce your cargo damage extensively:
Choose your Packaging Material And Pallets Carefully
First and foremost, every company should analyse the level of protection their cargo needs. On the basis of that, you should choose the packaging materials ranging from cartons, pallets, wraps, and protection containers. It is imperative to make use of the packing material that compliments the nature of your products. According to their sensitivity, you can plan how to fill the empty spaces, so that they do not collide and slide with other goods. If there is any improper packaging of the shipped items, they can get squashed if they are piled under other heavy cargo, especially in the ocean and air freight.
Make Sure That Your Containers Are Filled Wisely
Empty space is the biggest enemy when it comes to cargo shipping. For instance, if you have opted for door-to-door cargo to India from Pakistan, it is critical to make sure that your products are filled in the containers wisely without any empty space, as the journey is long. It is a fact that the more space the goods have to move around, the greater are the chances of damage to the items. The key to mitigating the risks of internal damage to the goods is to stack the pallets correctly. The ideal way to do that is to put the heavier goods on the bottom. That way, the lightweight or perishable items will not incur any sort of damage. It is best to avoid double-stacking pallets, especially if the items that are placed on the top are pressure or weight sensitive.
Make Use Of Damage Indicators
Making use of damage indicators will help you pinpoint the stages along the supply chain at which your cargo is enduring the highest level of stress. The factors can be vibrations and impacts that can increase damage to the goods. For example, if you are sending your items through air freight, they can be subjected to great levels of vibrations. However, goods that are vibration-sensitive can get damaged. You can analyse the pressure tolerance of your items by shock testing. Consequently, you will know how much impact the goods can withstand. With that knowledge, you can select the right type of route and modify some parts of your transit to minimise the damage. The bottom line is, if you know at what point your goods are experiencing the most damage, you will be able to reduce the number of returns and limit the cost as well.
These aforementioned tips can help you reduce the damage to your shipped goods greatly.