Weather-proof packaging doesn’t just mean water-resistant.
The sun is out, the weather is warmer, and we don’t have to worry about weather affecting product, right? Most people assume much of what’s created for the weather has to do with rain, snow or ice. In reality, every season brings with it its own weather challenges for packaging and shipping.
There is a high demand of weather-proof packaging across all industries. The food and beverage industry needs certain foods cold at all times, and some colder than others (Think: refrigerated vs. frozen foods). On the contrary, some foods should not be refrigerated nor frozen, but kept in a mild temperature for freshness. This industry alone deals with a variety of temperature-dependent packaging obstacles in order to maintain high-quality, fresh products. Other industries like pharmaceuticals and agriculture also have strict temperature guidelines for their products during the packaging and shipping process.
There is no shortage of both weather-proof packaging needs across the board nor effective, weather-proof packaging supplies to ensure safe deliveries of products no matter what the season.
Winter brings with it freezing temperatures and wet snow fall. Packaging during winter has to be water-resistant and temperature-controlled, if necessary. Temperature-controlled trucks and vans are the forerunners for keeping product at the right temps, but the following items help protect the package from damage during shipping:
- Temperature indicators and recorders: There’s no better way to monitor the freshness of a shipped item than with a temperature indicator, like these from Spotsee.
- Labels: These are a good indicator of what’s inside to make sure product is handled correctly.
- Water-Proof Poly Bags: These resealable, snow-resistant shipping bags are great for all industries, and come in dozens of sizes.
- Insulated Bubble Mailers / Insulated Wrap: Foil bubbles trap heat while protecting fragile goods.
When it rains, it pours. With more temperate climates this season in the U.S., extreme temps are less of a problem, but rain water still is. So is pollen and other allergen sources in the air.
- Poly Sheeting: Protects products from dust and springtime pollen, and keeps everything dry.
- Water-Proof Poly Bags: They’re also great in the rain. (See above.)
- Wax-Coated Boxes: The wax creates a barrier between the corrugated box and water, keeping products undamaged from the spring rains.
Hot, hot heat. While great for beach goers, the heat can hurt many goods during shipping if not properly protected and prepared.
- Ice packs: Keeps perishable items cool, calm, and collected during shipping.
- Foam coolers: Good for keeping cold things cold, and hot things hot.
- Vented Stretch Film: Allows product to breathe while also holding it in place.
Fall is an unpredictable season. It can go from sweltering heat to rain and snow in a difference of weeks. In the fall, products can benefit from all the weather-proof packaging listed above.