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Insider Tips for Packing Like a Pro

Everyone knows a shipping label goes on the outside of your package. But did you know that including a copy of your label inside the package can also help FedEx make the delivery, should your outer shipping label go missing?

You can also include a simple piece of paper with your address and phone number as well as the recipient’s, or a letterhead or business card with all the pertinent information.

Read on for more information about labels and helpful tips on packing your shipments.

How to ensure your outer shipping label stays attached
Pay special attention to how and where your outer label is applied. One of the primary causes of delivery failure is a missing label. So whether your label is applied by hand or by an automated device, follow these tips to help ensure your package gets where it’s supposed to be going.

  • Once the label is applied, run your hand over it to make sure it’s secure.
  • When using a pouch, verify that the peel-off strip has been removed and the flap is firmly sealed.
  • Avoid wrapping labels around the corner or directly on the edge or seam of the package.
  • Place shipping labels on the package’s largest surface.
  • Use tie-on tags on transit cases (including tradeshow display cases), golf bags, skis and luggage.

Box it right
Don’t settle for just any old box. Pack it right by following these tips:

  • Match your box to the size and weight of your item(s). Use double-wall boxes for heavier items.
  • Remove all old address labels from reused boxes before shipping and make sure there are no holes, tears or corner dents in the outer box.
  • Use plenty of shock-absorbing packing material to keep items from shifting and to cushion them in transit.
  • Place small packages inside a larger outer box.  For odd- or irregular-shaped items, wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions before packing.
  • Bundle printed materials together to prevent shifting.

Seal it tight
Tape ensures the integrity of your entire package. Be sure to apply tape evenly across flaps and seams on both the top and bottom. And choose your tape wisely. Acceptable options include:

  • Pressure-sensitive plastic tape.
  • Water-activated paper tape (minimum 60-lb. grade).
  • Water-activated reinforced tape that is at least 2 inches wide.

Packed full of information
Download our How to Pack brochures, watch our packing demonstration videos, check out all of our packaging options and more at Whether you’re shipping items small or large, perishable or not, you’ll find the answers and advice that make a difference.

Let our pros pack it for you
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