This week we have been giving ideas and tips on how to send fragile packages abroad without them breaking, so in our final day we’ll have a brief recap. As a first class worldwide courier, RAND Logistics provides a huge range of delivery options for fragile parcels, heavy parcels or even parcels sent via eBay.
Bubble wrap is preferable although tissue paper does work well if you don’t have time for bubble wrap or if you don’t want to splash out on it. When wrapping more than one item, remember to wrap each item individually and then wrap the two together.
With full parcel tracking you can follow step by step progress of your parcel from pickup to delivery, to ensure that it reaches its destination safely. You can also choose recorded delivery so that the recipient has to sign for it when it arrives, to confirm that the addressee actually receives the parcel.
Choose a box that is only slightly bigger than your item so that the item does not get knocked about in transit, and so that you can pack it tightly with wrapping.
Choosing various types of delivery, such as next day delivery or parcel express, reduces the chances of the parcel getting knocked about or damaged because it reduces the time the parcel spends in transit.
Whether you are sending a single object of sentimental value to a friend or relative abroad or you are an eBay seller who has set up shop selling exquisite and fragile items, sending fragile items abroad can be quite stressful, as you may be constantly worrying about the condition of your item.
Although it is ultimately out of your hands, ensuring that the item is well packaged and correctly labelled can really help to prevent accidents in transit.
Finding the Right Packaging
It is no use sending your parcel out in a box that is far too big for it. Although you may have thought you packed it tightly, unforeseen circumstances can bash and bat at the box and cause the item inside to break.
Choose a box that is only slightly bigger than your item that you can pad with secure packaging, but does not allow the item to move around at all.
In most cases, re-using old shoe boxes or cartons is recommended, however if you are sending a fragile and valuable item, it is better to buy new boxes as these will be more reinforced than used boxes. Boxes with double corrugated walls are best, and these can be found in most local post offices.
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Pottery is widely known throughout the modern world as an ancient and beautiful art. Although many European countries have crafted countless beautiful ceramic pieces, ancient Chinese pottery is among some of the most stunning pieces we can find today, and they make great souvenirs.
In order to send a fragile parcel to a friend or relative without it breaking, there are various measures you can undertake to ensure that it reaches its destination safely.
It might sound a little too good to be true, but recorded delivery acts as a means of insurance should your parcel ever get stuck or never make its way to the recipient at all. Tracking options and recorded delivery options will allow you to see where your parcel is at each step of the journey, and this can really help if your parcel was not delivered and you are trying to make a claim.
Plus Tracking Options provide piece of mind for those who would like regular updates on the progress of their parcel. This is particularly helpful if you happen to be sending a valuable parcel, as recorded delivery and tracking options place special emphasis on the parcel for the couriers, so they are far more likely to take care when delivering it.
Italy is well known for its beautiful glass pieces, and it can be difficult to send fragile parcels and packages abroad, however with a world class courier service and some helpful hints and tips, you can minimize the risks.
Choosing the Right Service
There are several different delivery services provided by RAND, so it may help depending on how fragile your parcel is, to spend more money on fast delivery times. You may be thinking that speedier delivery could encourage couriers to be careless and therefore the parcel may have a higher chance of breaking but this isn’t actually the case.
In fact, because of express delivery times, the time in transit is significantly reduced, so there is a lower chance of it being broken in transit. The longer the parcel sits in the warehouse or on the van, the higher the chances of something happening to it.
With first class delivery services worldwide at competitive rates, RAND Logistics can provide a variety of guaranteed door-to-door delivery options available, depending on how fragile your parcel is and how urgently your recipient needs it. Contact us today or try our quick quote form for an instant quote.
When sending fragile or breaking items abroad to a friend or relative, it can be nerve-wracking as we have all heard about the horror stories that come with sending fragile packages through the post. However there are a number of ways in which you can help minimize the chances of your fragile item breaking and combined with a trusted, first class courier service, you can see your item safely reaching its destination.
Tip 1 – Wrapping
A thoroughly wrapped package is a thoroughly protected package. You need to be aware that although courier services take the utmost care in handling fragile packages, sometimes accidents do happen, particularly when they are working to a deadline.
It is therefore always good to give your parcel adequate padding in case something goes wrong.
Newspaper or tissue paper can be good, but the best wrapping is bubble wrap.
Ensure that it is tightly wrapped – but not too tightly so that it breaks or shatters – and seal off the edges with duct tape.
If you happen to be packing more than one item, make sure to wrap them individually. This may be more expensive but if you wrap them together they could knock against each other in transit and subsequently break.
We wrap up our Green Week with a look at the world’s greenest country; Iceland, as well as a couple of last tips to keeping tabs on recycling your post.
Around ten years ago, Iceland was dependant on coal for 70% of its emissions. Nowadays Iceland is only dependant on coal for 18% of emissions and is aiming for a lower percentage with each succeeding year.
Iceland also aims to be completely independent of coal and oil by 2050, and has been helped significantly by encouragement and involvement from residents. It just goes to show that a little help can go a long way!
For smaller letters and personal messages, email is always recommended. It costs nothing and is virtually instant. However a lot of people do prefer to receive hand written messages as it shows how much time and effort you have taken out of your day to talk to the recipient. Plus if you have a gift to give you can’t (not yet anyway) send it over the internet!
Why not use RAND Logistics to send a parcel to Iceland, or anywhere else in the world? With first class service at competitive rates and recorded tracking details available, RAND Logistics is unrivalled in quality postal services.
With Pancake Day coming up tomorrow, we here at RAND Logistics are looking forward to testing out new pancake recipes in preparation for the big day. However you may know a friend or relative who isn’t so great at baking, and might need a little help.
Baked goods and various perishables are post-able, but it depends on where you want to send them. Check your local postage guidelines to see what types of baked goods and perishable foods are allowed to be sent cross country and internationally. Here at RAND, we have put together a number of top tips that will help keep your baked goods in the best possible condition so that they reach their recipient relatively unharmed.
Choose the Right Container
Hard air locked containers are the best way to sent baked goods. Particularly for long distance parcels, air locked containers are recommended, as plastic will keep it fresh and prevent the goods from becoming stale.
Mark the box fragile to ensure that the postal office takes better care of it. ‘This side up’ also works well for decorated cupcakes and frosted doughnuts.
We’ll continue with more tips to delivering baked goods tomorrow, but for excellent service and first class delivery on all packages and parcels from Bahrain to Bulgaria and further afield, choose RAND Logistics.
When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, to commemorate the occasion a new set of stamps needed to be made. A collection of stamps based on a portrait done of the Queen by the photographer Dorothy Wilding, was used until 1967 and were commonly known as the Wilding issues. In 1967, the Machin issues were introduced, and have remained the same set of stamps that we use today.
From 1958, various regional stamps were used in the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, Scotland and Wales, that are only sold at post offices in their respective countries. However many of these regional stamps are still valid for use throughout the UK.
Up until the late 1950’s there were very few commemorative stamps in Britain, however more recently it has become common for commemorative stamps made for various events related to the present Royal Family. The Royal Postal Office have even issued various memorial stamps after the deaths of Princess Diana in 1998 and The Queen Mother in 2002.
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On the 6th May 1840 the very first postal stamp was introduced. As a way of combating the financial losses of the Postal Office, 1d was charged for prepaid letters, whereas 2d was charged if the fee was collected from the recipient. This meant it was better for the sender and the recipient to prepay for their letter, plus the Postal Office received the money straight away (some messengers would be likely to pocket the money received and claim the letter was lost).
As a way of documenting this, an ‘adhesive label’ was attached to the prepaid letter. This was known as the Penny Black and was the first stamp ever to be used.
The Penny Black was quickly discontinued, as the black ink made it hard to see any attempts to void the stamps by crossing through them. In 1841 the stamps were printed in red, becoming the Penny Red. This new stamp was originally only for use within the UK, as it was a local stamp that depicted a profile of Queen Victoria. When international postage gained popularity, envelopes would be marked with the country’s name.
In 1951 a special commemorative stamp was issued containing the name Britain for the Festival of Britain, and the name has been used in stamps ever since.
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As the Chinese begin the week long celebrations to welcome the Lunar New Year, we have a look at some of the specially designed, limited edition stamps created across the world to honour the start of the Chinese New Year. These can come in a variety of designs, but often have something to do with the Zodiac animal of that year. As this year is the year of the horse, many of the New Lunar Year stamps will feature the design of a horse.
Singapore’s Design for Year of the Horse 2014
Some stamps are available only as collector’s items, whereas others can actually be used as real stamps. Sheets of specially designed Lunar New Year stamps will sometimes come on a printed background that has the phrase ‘Happy New Year’ written in both English and Chinese written across the top, or down the side. Sheets will also typically have a design printed on the background of fireworks, or a traditional Chinese dragon.
Why not use your recently acquired Lunar Festival stamps to send a parcel to China or send a package to a friend or relative living overseas? With RAND Logistics, we can ensure that your package gets to its intended recipient quickly and safely.