To ship your jewelry safely, you need to be aware of two things: One, how to pack it correctly so that it can endure the long logistics. Two, which courier agency should you trust. Read on to find out more.
If you want to expand your business but are wondering how to ship jewelry internationally, safely, and reliably, this blog is for you. We will let you in on some well-kept secrets on the best way to ship your jewelry, both domestically and internationally, by not incurring a huge amount but at the same time ensuring your delicate creations reach the consignee on time.
How to ship jewelry safely
Jewelry items can be fragile, and therefore, proper care must be taken while handling them. This may be the case, but it's next to impossible to make your courier agencies understand the same.
Don’t worry; here’s how you can pack and ship your jewelry to reach the customer in its true state.
1. Compactly pack your jewelry
If you have a jewelry business, then you must exploit the potential of custom packaging. Purchasing jewelry and unboxing it is an experience. Make it even more memorable with incredible packaging. This also allows you to include compact packaging materials that will protect your products and equip them for the long shipping process.
Before you set out to make custom boxes, check with your courier services what all are the standard shipping box sizes. Build custom boxes that match those dimensions. This will help you easily ship the boxes, and if there are flat rate shipping options available, you can easily predict what the shipping charges are going to be, no matter wherever you are sending it.
While packing the jewelry pieces, make it a point to place them in a soft fabric that doesn’t have any loose fibers, essentially of synthetic make. These fabrics would be soft on the jewelry and ensure that the jewelry pieces don't scratch against the packaging materials.
Once it's placed inside a pouch or some cloth, wrap it tightly using bubble wrap or other protective foam materials. This will provide enough protection for the jewelry in the event of any fall or mishandling. The bubble-form layers should be made extra thick if you are shipping glass, jewels or clay-based jewelry pieces as these are fragile and prone to breaking.
2. Choose a shipping partner
If you are looking to save significantly on the shipping costs, go for the same shipping partner every time to establish a long term relationship with one that’s accessible and feasible. This way, you can get some offers and discounts on bulk shipping, and they will be happy to provide you with some insights on how to effectively ship your goods.
If you are planning to ship internationally, then make sure the shipping agency has tight contacts or partners in the country you are planning to ship to. For example, if you are in the US and planning to ship to the UK, opt for a shipping agency with a presence in both countries. For example, USPS has a great network in the US, but the moment the package leaves US borders, it's difficult to track. But your product would reach the consignee in the UK as they have a tie-up with Royal Mail of the UK.
On the other hand, if you were to send the package via UPS, you don’t have to worry about your package going out of your tracking site. You can always know about your shipping status from their website as they have a good presence in both countries.
3. Request signature of consignee upon delivery
If your jewelry pieces are valuable, then it's probably a good idea to request the consignee or customer’s signature upon arrival of the box. This way, you will be at peace knowing that the jewelry reached the right place. You could also insure the jewelry pieces if they are quite expensive so as to make up for your losses in event of theft or damage.
Well, that’s it. We have demystified the packing and shipping of jewelry for you. To ensure that your jewelry pieces reach the right owner at the right time, always keep in touch with the shipping agency.
Further, make sure you pack the items quite well and label them rightly with the right address so as to make things easy for the courier agency. Providing a working and accurate address is a must for international shipping, or else, there are high chances that the package might bounce and come back to you.