Edge Protectors Guarantee Your Products Will Arrive Safely
Posted on: March 3rd, 2022
America’s appetite for e-commerce continues to grow in popularity – ballooning to $469.2 billion in 2021 (up from $431.6 billion in 2020). With so many products being ordered online and shipped to customers’ homes, it has never been more important to ensure your edge protectors are up to the task.
While there’s no denying the pandemic’s influence on e-commerce over the last few years, the convenience and boundless product choices will forever alter consumers’ shopping habits.
This reality challenges packaging and shipping departments to offer the best protection possible for their products – guaranteeing customers will receive what they ordered online in optimal condition. Perhaps that’s the greatest psychological change in consumers’ minds today – they expect what they order to arrive on time and in perfect condition.
To keep up with the pressures of today’s supply chain, more and more operations are shipping products in bulk to save on costs and get more products in customers’ hands faster. Protective packaging, like edge protectors, is a solid solution to prevent the risk of damage during transit.
Remember, even minor dings and dents can sour the customer experience and essentially impact the company’s bottom line.
What are edge protectors?
Edge protectors come in all shapes and sizes, and as the name suggests, they are designed to help “protect” the edges (and even corners) of products in shipping. An additional benefit is they help to stabilize bulk shipments, eliminating the shifting that’s often common during transportation.
Edge protectors are ideal for pallets, helping to support stacked pallets that tend to lean due to weight and whose corners and edges are vulnerable to damage. Steel or plastic strappings or shrink-wrap are necessary to hold edge protectors in place.
While different grades of materials are available for edge protectors, one of today’s most popular is called molded pulp. HC’s molded pulp solutions are manufactured using recycled paper, raw paper, and other cardboard materials. Because of this, their material composition can be quickly and harmlessly recycled again through municipal and other recycling programs.
Because of papers’ more stable pricing structure, molded pulp solutions can often be cheaper for businesses than resin in the long run.
Want to learn more about HC’s edge protectors manufactured with molded pulp? Contact us today!
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