Hazard Class 101: Know How to Categorize Your Hazardous Materials

 

If you are involved in the shipment of hazardous materials, there are several regulations you need to know about and follow. One of the most important steps you must take as a shipper is properly categorizing your hazardous materials. Assigning the proper category indicates that you have packaged the materials properly and communicates to carriers exactly what type of material you are shipping. This, in turn, allows them to take the proper steps to safely transport the load. Continue reading…


The Importance of Cleaning Your Shipping Pallets

 

The shipping pallet: humble but mighty. Although they appear to be a simple object, pallets play a vital role in the shipping and transportation industry. They are the literal foundation for the secure transport of goods. In a non-industrial setting, shipping pallets have been hailed by crafters and DIY enthusiasts for unique but practical uses. The upcycling of pallets has become quite a trend over the past several years, so shipping pallets have become an even bigger part of our daily lives than just a mere shipping material. Continue reading…


Six Reasons to Pack an Air Pillow in Your Next Shipment

 

When you need void filler for a package, air pillows are the way to go. E-commerce giants have embraced air pillows because they are affordable and easy to use. Customers love them because they are way less messy than other shipping materials and they’re more environmentally friendly. Air pillows are versatile, they don’t take up much space in your warehouse and they make excellent void fillers. Continue reading…


Securing Your Tote Containers During Transport: Three Things to Keep in Mind

 

If your business uses tote containers, they likely contain materials that are essential to the operation of your company. These containers are frequently used for the important job of safely holding hazardous materials. They could also be utilized to contain the ingredients for an important new pharmaceutical product or the pigment you use to create a paint color that no other company offers. Food products can be confined in IBCs as well. Continue reading…


Glass Jug vs. Plastic: What Type of Carboy Should I Use for Beverage Fermentation?

 

Anyone thinking of getting into the world of home brewing faces the dilemma of choosing their first fermenter. There is so much conflicting information out there, and it really comes down to a matter of preference. In most cases, brewers use glass jugs known as carboys and fermentation buckets. Keep in mind that how well you can clean and sanitize your fermenter will have a direct influence on the quality of your beer. Continue reading…


Distinguishing Between the Drums: Fiber, Steel & Plastic Barrels

 

Drums are used in countless industries for the packaging, containment and shipment of a wide range of products. Fiber, steel and plastic drums are all widely used, but each offers its own benefits and drawbacks. While some options offer exceptional strength and durability, others are better suited to certain types of products. Continue reading…


What Is Dunnage? Uses, Benefits and More

 

Dunnage is a term that is commonly used in the shipping industry and by industrial packaging technicians — but what exactly does it mean? Depending on who you talk to, an entire shipping container could be referred to as dunnage. More often, though, the term is used to describe internal packaging components like metal or plastic bracing, planks, blocks or boards that are used to secure and support packages during handling and shipping. Continue reading…


Understanding the Emergency Response Guidebook: Why It Is Essential

 

If you are involved in the transport of dangerous goods or hazardous materials, being familiar with the “Emergency Response Guidebook” is essential. This book serves as a “guidebook for first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods/hazardous materials transportation incident” and is used in the United States, Canada and Mexico by emergency responders — including police officers, firefighters and paramedics — when there is a transportation emergency that involves hazardous materials. Continue reading…