Packaging Items For Sending Abroad

We’re back with a useful post today about how best to package your items when you’re sending them abroad. It’s not quite as simple as sending something domestically, as there is much more chance of something getting damaged in transit on a long journey to a foreign country. While RAND takes every possible measure to minimise the potential for damage to your items during transit, it will be better for your peace of mind if you know your items are packaged well.

Firstly, regardless of the item you’re sending, we would highly recommend sending your items in a cardboard box. Some people think that soft items which can’t get damaged easily can be wrapped in brown parcel paper, but there are lots of reasons this isn’t ideal. It can get ripped or disintegrate if it becomes wet, and it won’t provide the right level of protection for your item.

Find a box a couple of inches larger than the items you wish to send to allow room for packing materials, and check along all the ‘seams’ to make sure it won’t burst open. Useful packing materials include scrunched up newspaper, polystyrene packing beads and foam shapes, along with our trusty favourite, bubblewrap. Wrap your item in bubblewrap if it is fragile, and place it in the box surrounded with foam or paper to keep it in place and act as a buffer against the sides of the box.

Use a strong parcel tape to secure everything inside, being sure to check all the edges and corners again. Make sure the address is written clearly on the box, either in neat block capitals or in the form of a printed label to make sure our couriers can read it easily! We will then take care of the rest.

For a reliable courier service, you can count on RAND to deliver.

Selling Summer Clothes Online

When we need a bit of extra cash, many of us turn to eBay to sell some of our unwanted belongings. We hate to be the first to mention it, but with Christmas closer than we might like to think, lots of us will be thinking about making a bit of money so we can save for the big day. One good way to do this can be to sell some of the more questionable sartorial purchases we made over the summer.

Maybe it’s that little neon number that looked perfect on a Spanish beach but is just too blinding for the UK. Maybe it’s those terrible sandals you bought on a whim in a bout of sweltering weather. Whatever it is, we all buy things we regret, especially when we’re hot and just want to be wearing something cool, so the end of summer is the perfect time to get it all listed online and hopefully sold.

Many people choose to send only within the UK, but if you have chosen to send overseas, make sure you use a reliable courier such as RAND. It can be expensive if your item doesn’t arrive with its buyer or arrives damaged, as you will have lost the item and will have to refund the buyer, so it’s important that your item arrives in one piece in a timely fashion. This way, your feedback will be positive, your buyer will be happy and you will reap the rewards in the form of a bulging bank account.

Get a quote from RAND today to find out how much will cost you to send your eBay goods overseas.

Sending Back-To-School Gifts

The start of September is all about the dreaded return to school. As the leaves start to fall from the trees and new pencils are sharpened for the very first time, the glorious summer holidays can seem a long way away. All over the world, children are meeting their new classmates for the first time, getting their new school shoes muddy and waiting to grow into their too-big uniform.

Wherever your young friends and relatives are based around the world, it’s not too late to send them a gift to cheer them up during what can be one of the most nerve-wracking times of year for many children. Maybe a new toy to put a smile back on their face, or some stationery essentials to show off in the classroom. Whatever it is, make sure you send it with RAND.

RAND guarantees competitive rates and a reliable service, meaning your items will get there when we say they will. You can also track your parcels using our handy tracking service to find out where in the world they’ve got to so far. That way, everyone will be happy, and you won’t need to worry about where your gift has gone, so get a quote today, and happy September sending!