As a professional courier company, delivery is our business. We understand the importance of handling fragile packages with the highest levels of care. Many people do not take the proper measures to protect their fragile items. Unfortunately, when items are packed incorrectly, it is sometimes inevitable that fragile items become damaged during the shipping process. We recently picked up a package from one of our courier delivery service customers in Richmond, VA who had no idea how to pack their fragile items. Here are some tips for packing fragile items for safe and successful delivery.
Start With the Right Shipping Container
Begin by making sure you’re using the right shipping container. Cardboard boxes are pretty standard when it comes to shipping containers, but other options may be better suited depending on what you’re mailing. Even when choosing cardboard boxes, it’s important to realize that not all cardboard is created equal. Some boxes are designed with thicker cardboard and thus better shock absorbency to protect your items. The sturdier the container the better when it comes to shipping fragile items.
Make Sure to Label Fragile Packages
Taking the time to label your package as fragile can make more of a difference than you might realize. Adding a “fragile” sticker to your package before shipping it tells the delivery person that the package needs to handled with extra levels of caution. You can either adhere a “fragile” label directly to the package or write it on the package in red or otherwise bold ink.
Use the Right Padding/Cushioning
When packing breakable items, make sure you’re using plenty of padding and cushioning for extra shock absorbency. Bubble wrap is a popular choice here, but there are plenty of other options as well. Padding options can include foam peanuts and even tissue paper or crumpled newspaper. The right padding for the job will depend on the specific item(s) you’re packaging and shipping.
Pack Items Closely Together
When packing multiple fragile items, such as glasses or plates, try to pack items closely together so that they fit as snugly in the box as possible. Packing items too loosely can allow them to slide or otherwise move around, which can make them more prone to breaking or other damage.
Consider Special Care Needs
Certain types of items have specific needs when it comes to packing and care, so be sure to consult with your delivery company to inquire about special packaging and shipping accommodations. For example, if you’re looking to ship items that are sensitive to humidity or temperature extremes, you may need to pack the item into a hard-shell case that will protect it from the elements.
Taking the time to properly package fragile items for shipping and delivery can make all the difference in how they arrive at your destination. It is also important to choose the right delivery company. We hope these tips will help you more confidently package your fragile items. If you have any questions or need additional guidance on packing a specific item, our courier team is always here to help. Feel free to contact us today!
Proper lifting techniques for heavy objects are critical to avoiding injury and strain. Courier companies like ours know the importance of using proper lifting techniques. Lower back injuries are all too common among people who lift heavy objects regularly without appropriate lifting techniques, yet when appropriate methods are utilized, strains, sprains, and other types of injury are less likely to occur. According to the BLR, back injuries of more than 1 million workers account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The same statistics apply to the Richmond and Tidewater areas in Virginia. It is critical for businesses to teach their employees proper lifting techniques.
How to Lift Heavy Objects
Several things have been shown to reduce the chances of injury when lifting, including:
1. Spread Your Feet Wide
Spread your feet wide — a little more than shoulder width apart — before you lift any object. You want to have a strong base of support before you take on additional weight. If your feet are too close together, the weight will not be distributed well and may lead to strain while lifting.
2. Squat to Pick Up an Object
Don’t bend down to pick up the object. Instead, bend your knees and squat, keeping your chest facing forward and your back straight. If you bend over to pick up a heavy object, the weight of the object will be transferred to your back muscles, which are not as strong as your leg muscles and less capable of bearing weight.
3. Lift Slowly
When lifting the object, don’t pull up too quickly. Instead, push up with your legs slowly instead of pulling the package up with your back and arms. Your legs should be doing most of the work.
4. Hold the Package Close to Your Body
Don’t attempt to hold the package out away from your body or over your head when carrying it. Instead, hold the object close to your abdomen to allow your core to handle most of the weight versus your arms. Ideally, hold the object between your mid-chest and mid-thigh area — this is called the “power zone”. When you need to change direction, move your feet to turn instead of twisting your trunk. Twisting while carrying a heavy object is a significant risk factor for back injuries.
5. Squat to Set the Package Down
For the same reason that you squatted to pick the package up, you want to do the same when setting the box down. Allow your legs to put in the majority of the effort to keep the strain off your back.
Even with good lifting techniques, it’s possible to become injured. However, the risk is much lower than when you lift incorrectly and put excess weight on parts of your body that weren’t meant to bear it.
Other “Don’ts” for Lifting Heavy Objects
In addition to the above, make sure you don’t:
- Lift more weight than you are physically able to
- Hold your breath
- Avoid asking for help with large objects or packages
- Fail to plan a clear path before you pick up the object
- Pull an object that is too heavy for you to push
Consider a Lifting Belt
A lifting belt is a unique belt that is designed to support your lower back when lifting heavy objects. It helps to stabilize your spine and can allow you to lift more weight than you would be able to if you were not wearing a belt. If you lift heavy objects regularly, consider purchasing and wearing a lifting belt.
There are times where waiting for next day delivery simply isn’t an option. Most people know that same day delivery services are essential for time-sensitive materials or an object that deteriorates quickly such as medical specimens. Same day delivery can also be a smart option for circumstances that are not as time sensitive. Many businesses in the Richmond area have found that same day courier services can be used without a significant cost increased compared to traditional shipping. There are many benefits to using same day deliveries.
Benefits of using a same-day courier service:
- Fragile materials are less likely to be broken
- Package or document delivered as quickly as possible
- Avoid the constant changing of hands
- Improve customer satisfaction
Fragile Materials are Less Likely To Be Broken
When sending out a package either of great value or fragile, you need a service you know will handle your package with care. When using a standard courier service the package often goes through a massive warehouse, bouncing around conveyer belt tracks before ending up on a truck. There are times the package may go through this process multiple times. Each time your package goes through this process, it opens it up to potential damage. With a same day personal carrier, you will avoid this kind of problem. It is picked up and often delivered by the same individual, without putting your package through conveyor belts or moving it onto different trucks. This reduces the potential chance of any sustained damage.
Packages Are Delivered Quickly
Many parcel transit services need to bring the package back to a warehouse for processing. Warehouse processing slows down the delivery process. Couriers do not need to go back to headquarters or any other facility for processing. Your courier delivery person can pick up your materials and take it directly to the final destination.
Avoid Constant Changing of Hands
One of the biggest issues with a parcel transit service provider is the company you pay to deliver a package is not always the company that delivers it in the end. The parcel company may transfer it over to the local post office or a regional delivery service. Every time this happens the parcel must be re-scanned by the new delivery service and enter into a new warehouse.
All of this not only delays the length of time it takes for your recipient to receive the package but it makes it difficult to track. When a package is transferred it enters into a new tracking system, which you may not have access to. It is better to avoid this kind of a problem by using a same day delivery service.
Improve Customer Satisfaction
Customers respect and appreciate the speed in which a package or document is delivered. When you can deliver a package the same day instead of forcing them to wait an extra business day (or even wait an entire weekend) it demonstrates the importance of the client/company relationship. So when it comes to improving your customer’s overall level of satisfaction with the services you provide, make sure to look into same-day delivery services.
Same day deliveries are a viable option for many types of deliveries. Fast delivery times only one of the many benefits of using a same day courier service. From time-sensitive materials to objects that break down quickly, no matter when you need an object or document delivered, all you need to do is pick up the phone and call a local courier service like ours.
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce has selected DDR Courier’s Founder & CEO, Jayson Silvera for the Fredericksburg Leadership program. The Leadership Program is a nine-month course the is designed to develop leaders within the business community. As part of the program, local business leaders are to provide additional training and mentoring to help them grow as business people. This highly selective program is reserved for the local business owners with the most promise.
The Leadership Program Includes
- Executive Coaching
- Individual Development Plan
- Mentorship with a local business leader
- Personal interaction with community leaders
- Membership in the Leadership Fredericksburg Alumni Association
The team at DDR Courier are proud that our CEO has been selected to receive this honor.
Below is a list of the 2019 Leadership Fellows
Katie Bailey, Stafford County; Cody Blankenship, Mary Washington Healthcare; Deborah Bruehs, Atlantic Builders; Sarah Chiles, Fredericksburg SPCA; Susan Coleman, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center; Randy Comer, Thrasher Group; Sarah Degen, DSS, Inc.; Davy Fearon Jr., Healthy Families Rappahannock Area; Lucas Flatter, Flatter, Inc.; Jennifer Freeland, Mary Washington Healthcare; Carl Fuller, Quarles Petroleum; Eugene Hamrick, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative; Marsha Harris, CTI Real Estate; Julianne Jarrell, Jarrell Properties, Inc.; Ashley Katsourakis, Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Fredericksburg; Lynne Keenan, Naval Support Activity South Potomac-Dahlgren; Cassie Kimberlin, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity; Katherine Leimbach, Cask, LLC; Kimberly Leone, The Gemini 3 Group; Jo Ann Lohr, LifeCare Medical Transports; Sarah Maguire, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Shawn McGill, Lifepoint Church; Linda Millsaps, George Washington Regional Commission; JoAnn Murchison, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.; Jason Rachanow, SimVentions; Matthew Rothe, The Way Church; Jayson Silvera, DDR Courier; Donald Smith, NSWC Federal Credit Union; Amy Woodruff, Union Bank & Trust; Kimberly Young, University of Mary Washington.
Follow the link below to read a recent article about the program
When you want a package in Richmond, VA delivered quickly; you want the best service. Richmond businesses demand fast, professional service. DDR Courier is the right choice for deliveries done right. DDR provides services ranging from medical specimens to packages, to urgent documents. Do you need a package delivered today? The DDR courier delivery team will pick up your package and promptly transport it to its destination. Ongoing, routed or scheduled deliveries are completed on time.
Fast, Professional Same Day Delivery Service
If you’re in need of the same day, urgent delivery, DDR has you covered. DDR Courier is committed to providing fast professional delivery service. Drivers are standing by, ready to pick up and deliver your items. When it comes to handling your local deliveries without the delay or inconvenience of larger shipping services, DDR will get the job done.
Dependable Scheduling Your Deliveries
You can send it from the state capital out to the Washington DC metro area and have it delivered the same day when necessary. Plus, you’ll receive confirmation of its arrival, so you can rest at ease knowing whatever it is you need to be sent out or delivered will arrive on time and received by the desired party.
Some places you can send deliveries to include:
Advanced Package Tracking
The advanced tracking system takes this peace of mind one step further. Instead of only receiving confirmation upon arrival, you’ll be able to track the delivery vehicle every step of the way. This fast, dependable service is designed to help deliver packages when you are unable to do so on your own. After all, when running a business you already have enough on your plate. You may not have the time, or the vehicle, to make the necessary delivery. DDR, on the other hand, does.
The Right Delivery Vehicle For the Job
Transporting your package and delivering it relies not only on experienced drivers but on the right vehicle as well. Sedans and minivans are used to transport small packages. These vehicles can navigate traffic easily and are not bogged down by the oversized shipping trucks that the other shipping services use. It’s easier to drive downtown in a sedan than it is in a larger delivery vehicle.
There are times where you need more space or a very specific size of the vehicle to deliver what you’re sending. If it’s a large item, DDR uses cargo, sprinter vans and box trucks of up to 26 feet. This way, there’s always room for whatever it is you’re shipping. Plus, if you’re sending something from the Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital and need a specially designed refrigeration truck, DDR has you covered.
Vehicle fleet options include:
- Cargo Vans
- Sprinter Vans
- Box Trucks (up to 26 feet)
- Medical Certified Transportation Vehicles
HIPPA Compliant Medical Delivery Services
When shipping medical grade material (which can include organic material), it is critical to take advantage of a HIPAA compliant delivery driver and vehicles. DDR offers you these kinds of services. This is a shipment you can’t send to the other delivery services as they are not specially equipped to handle these kinds of shipments.
Additionally, when shipping medical grade material, you often need to have it sent and receive the same day. You likely do not have the time or the available resources to send out a driver between hospitals (especially between cities like Richmond and Stafford or DC). All of this is taken care of and is just another reason why DDR is the courier delivery service for you.
Pick DDR Courier
When it comes to selecting a courier delivery service that offers not only same day courier services every day of the year (including weekends and holidays), or a service provider with HIPAA certifications, Deliveries Done Right is here for you. If you’re ready for a quote, contact DDR today.