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Pack Like a Pro with FedEx Office

December 1, 2014

Are you a packing pro? This time of year, FedEx Office is offering tips that will turn anyone into a perfect packer this holiday season.

Want more? Check out our How to Pack brochures, watch our pro-packing videos, and browse all of our packaging options at fedex.com/packaging. And if you have any questions or suggestions for tip-top packing tricks, leave them in the comments section!

Tip 1: Prep Your Item
Start by looking at your gift — is it sturdy or fragile? Does it have square edges, i.e., is it shaped like the box it’s in? Use bubble wrap to “square off” any odd angles to protect them during shipment. If your item is shallow or hollow inside, like a vase or bowl, fill that space to protect it — packing peanuts, cushioning wrap or firmly crumpled paper all work.

Tip 2: Choose the Best Box
Use a new, sturdy box that’s a few inches larger than your gift on all sides to allow for plenty of cushioning. If reusing a box, make sure it’s still strong enough to stand up to shipping (no torn flaps, no holes or corner dents, no water-damage, etc.). And be sure to remove all old shipping labels.

Tip 3: Cushioning Is Key
Protect your gifts by using at least 1 inch layers (preferably 2 inches) of cushioning around the item — top, bottom and all four sides.

Tip 4: Fragile Gift? Double It
When you’ve got a breakable item to ship, use two boxes. Cushion your item with at least three inches of packing peanuts or other cushioning material, and seal it in a box. Place that box within a second, slightly larger box, with another layer of cushioning. All that added padding is added protection for your fragile gift.

Tip 5: Pack In the Address
Sometimes winter weather can streak or remove shipping labels and paperwork can get lost from pouches. Just in case, always put an extra shipping label, business card, or letterhead with the shipper and recipient’s address information inside your box before sealing things up.  You can also write it on the inside flap of the box.

Tip 6: Seal It Tight
Keeping winter rain, sleet and snow out of your box is easy. Just seal all the flaps and seams using proper packing tape that is at least 2″ wide. No duct tape or masking tape, please! Bonus Pro Tip: Just remember to make the shape of an “H” when taping seams.

Tip 7: Keep Your Wrappings Inside the Box
Please don’t wrap your shipping box in anything. FedEx loves that you wrap your gifts beautifully, but these items can get caught in FedEx sorting machines, so it’s best to keep the wrappings inside the box!

Tip 8: Label It Right
One of the best ways to ensure your package gets to its destination on time is with proper labeling. When using a FedEx shipping label, airbill, or airway bill, fill it out completely and accurately. When using a FedEx shipping label, run your hand firmly over it to make sure it’s secure on the box. When using a pouch, make sure the peel-off strip has been removed and the flap is firmly sealed. Place labels or pouches on the largest surface of the box, avoiding corners, edges, and seams.

Tip 9: When In Doubt, Call in the Experts
Some items are simply too precious to trust to less experienced hands. Or maybe your gift is just a really odd shape and size. Whatever the case, if you don’t know how to pack it, the specially trained team members at FedEx Office can help with the customizable FedEx® Pack and Ship option.

  • This year, FedEx Office is giving back with our Pack, Ship & Give program. From Nov. 28 through Dec. 14, all FedEx Pack and Ship transactions at FedEx Office will trigger a $1 donation to the American Red Cross, up to $250,000.
  • In 12 cities across the U.S., FedEx®Pack and Ship has been taken up a notch with enhanced custom packing services at Pack Plus locations.
    • Pack Plus is available in most FedEx Office locations in Austin, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Portland, Tulsa and Richmond.

Tip 10: Plan Ahead to Avoid Deadlines
FedEx is known for its speed and reliability, but we encourage our customers not to wait until the last moment to ship their holiday gifts to friends and family.

Hope all your holidays this year are merry and bright. Happy packing and shipping!


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