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What is Void Fill & How to Reduce the Need for It

Understanding Packaging Terms for eCommerce Businesses

Void fill, also known as cushioning, is a common term used in the shipping logistics industry to describe the materials used to fill any empty space in packages to prevent damage to the contents during transit. Void fill materials are typically made of foam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or paper and is placed inside the package to provide a cushion around the product. It also helps to absorb any impact or shock that may occur during the shipping process. Proper use of void fill is crucial in the shipping logistics industry to ensure that products arrive at their destination in the same condition as when they were shipped. Shippers can help prevent damage and reduce the risk of returns or claims for damaged goods by filling any empty space in the package with appropriate void fill materials.

Now that you understand what void fill is and why it’s necessary, you may be curious about how to minimize the need for void fill or reduce the amount of void fill used. Here are a few strategies that can help:

1. Choose the right packaging size

Selecting appropriately sized packaging for the product being shipped can help reduce the empty space that needs to be filled with void fill. The dimensions of the box your items are shipped in directly impact the shipping cost. Optimizing your box size could save you money on packaging materials and shipping rates.

2. Use product-specific packaging

Consider using packaging that is designed specifically for the type of product being shipped. For example, a fragile item may require specialized packaging, such as foam inserts or molded trays, that provide better protection than standard void fill materials.

3. Use eco-friendly materials

Selecting eco-friendly void fill materials, such as biodegradable packing peanuts or recycled paper, not only reduces the amount of waste generated but also reduces the amount of space taken up by the void fill in the package.

4. Optimize packing techniques

Properly packing items in a way that maximizes space utilization can help minimize the amount of empty space in a package and reduce the need for void fill. For example, packing items tightly and using layers can help prevent shifting during shipping.

Packaging that Works for You

By implementing the strategies outlined above, eCommerce businesses can reduce the need for void fill and minimize the risk of damage to their products during shipping. The talented team at Shipping Pilot has a keen eye for intelligent packing solutions. We always work with our clients to provide the optimal packaging for their products. By choosing the appropriate box size, we will save you money by eliminating the need for excess materials while also cutting down on the time it takes to package each item, making labor costs more affordable.

| Written by ChatGPT. Enhanced by Jess Bonnett

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