What Materials Should Be Cushioned with Air Pillows?

When it comes to keeping items safe while in transit, traditional materials like packing peanuts and bubble wrap have largely been replaced by air pillows. If you’ve ever ordered anything from Amazon, you probably know exactly what we are talking about. The e-commerce giant was one of the first to embrace these air-filled plastic pouches, and several other companies have followed suit. Continue reading…


Class 3 Flammable Liquid Class: All You Need to Know

 

When transporting hazardous materials, how do shippers correctly label their cargo? There are numerous classifications for a wide range of materials that are classified as hazardous or dangerous for a number of reasons, including explosiveness, causticness, and flammability. The class 3 flammable liquids class contains liquids with flash points of no more than 60.5 degrees Celsius or 141 degrees Fahrenheit. It also contains molten materials in their liquid phase with flash points that are no greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because there are numerous products and materials that fit into this class, understanding how to properly label and transport them is extremely important. Here are a few things you need to know about the class 3 flammable liquid class. Continue reading…


What Is an Oxygen Generator Box and Why Do I Need One?

 

When shipping items that contain or are made with potentially hazardous materials, there are strict regulations that mandate what type of packaging must be used, how the item can be transported, etc. An oxygen generator is one specific example of a product that must be shipped in a manner that complies with certain regulations. If you need to ship one of these devices by air, you can’t just send it in any old packaging you have lying around. It must be packaged in an oxygen generator box that is designed specifically for this application. What is an oxygen generator box, and why do you need one? Keep reading to find out the answers. Continue reading…


What Do Bulkier Shipping Materials Mean for Warehouse Efficiency?

 

Fulfillment and shipping needs vary drastically from one business to another based on product type, company branding and numerous other factors. One issue that many companies share, though, is the problem of inefficient warehouses. Whether you run a small, home-based business that ships just a few packages per day or a multi-million-dollar corporation that sends out thousands, inefficiency in your warehouse or the area where products are stored, packaged and shipped from can slow down your entire process. Continue reading…


Best Ways to Prepare Pallets for Shipping

 

If your company ships freight, you likely use the portable platforms known as pallets. Palletizing your freight provides protection for your shipment during loading, transport and unloading. They also make the loading and unloading processes faster and easier for carriers by using the space inside trailers in an efficient manner. All of the potential benefits of shipping on pallets is wasted, however, if you fail to prepare your shipments properly. Here are a few helpful tips on how to properly palletize your shipments. Continue reading…


Don’t Throw Out Your Styrofoam Cooler – Try These 5 Ways to Reuse It

Made from polystyrene, “Styrofoam” is actually a brand name owned by the Dow Chemical Company, which created the material in the 1940s. It is used to make everything from packing peanuts and packaging inserts to food containers and disposable cups. Styrofoam is made by expanding polystyrene with millions of air pockets. Because of these air pockets, Styrofoam is actually 97 percent air.

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Shipping Tips: Packing Peanuts vs. Air Pillows

When it comes to protecting items and filling voids in packages, there are several types of packaging material you can choose from. While packing peanuts were once the product of choice, more and more businesses are turning to air pillows instead. Both work well to cushion objects while in transit, and both are lightweight enough to do so without increasing shipping costs. With major retailers like Amazon making the switch to air pillows, though, many companies are realizing that they may be the better choice. Continue reading…


3 Myths about Gardening with Styrofoam Debunked

Talk to any gardener, and they will probably share at least one tip with you about how they use Styrofoam in their garden. Whether they have a flower bed, a veggie garden or even a container garden, there is a good chance they make use of Styrofoam in one way or another. And if they don’t, they probably still have a few Styrofoam gardening tips they learned from someone else that they would be more than happy to share with you. Continue reading…


What Makes Biodegradable Packing Peanuts Degrade?

We hear the term “biodegradable” quite often these days. With the ever-growing problem of overflowing landfills and waste making its way into our oceans and waterways, we have become increasingly concerned with producing products and materials that are classified as biodegradable. Continue reading…