Have you ever tried to ship jewelry before? Maybe you’re moving across the country and are looking to ship some of your belongings to your new house. Or maybe you run an online business and need a reliable way to get your products to your customers.
Whatever the reason, shipping jewelry can be slightly different from shipping other things. The high cost associated with many types of jewelry means it’s at a higher risk of being stolen, and being damaged during shipping can be costly.
What can you do to ensure your jewelry makes it safely from point A to point B? The good news is that there are several tips you can follow when shipping jewelry. Read on to find out more!
1. Pack It Tightly
The first thing you’ll want to do when mailing jewelry is to make sure it’s packed correctly.
Many people don’t think about what a package really goes through during its journey. However, your package may be dropped or have heavier packages fall on top of it.
While typical jewelry is sturdy enough to handle a lot, you’ll want to ensure it arrives in one piece by packing it tightly.
If you have a jewelry box, start by placing your jewelry in this. The durable cover will act as a great barrier from potential damage. Use bubble wrap and the right sized package.
Keep in mind that larger packages are less likely to be lost. However, if the package is too big, then your jewelry will constantly shift around.
2. Use Good Packaging Materials
However, it’s not enough to just pack your jewelry tightly. The safest way to ship valuables is to use good quality packaging materials.
For example, opting for bubble wrap-lined packaging over a thin cardboard package will add an extra layer to protect your jewelry.
Using glue sticks or flimsy tape to seal your package may result in it opening up and the contents falling out in the back of a crowded mail truck. Instead, you should only use high-quality packing tape to seal it.
3. Don’t Make It Obvious What You’re Shipping
The best way to ship expensive jewelry (or anything of value for that matter) is to make sure nobody can tell what you’re shipping.
Your package will pass through many hands and may even be left on someone’s doorstep. If you run a jewelry business and put anything referring to jewelry on the front of your package, you’re risking that someone will steal it.
Not only will this be costly, but it can hurt your business as your customer may think you failed to send the package. Instead, make sure your packing is not obvious. Use a plan package and a return address that doesn’t make the contents of the package obvious.
For example, if the name of your company incorporates worlds like “jewelry,” “gold,” “diamonds,” or “luxurious”, it’s best to leave it out of the return address. Instead, only put the companies address on the front of the package and a business card inside the package that includes the company name.
4. Choose the Right Courier
The courier you choose can go a long way when shipping jewelry. The safest way to ship valuables is by using an experienced and trusted courier.
The right courier will ensure that your packages arrive quickly and safely. When looking for a courier, opt for one with various options, including one-day delivery and package tracking.
5. Track Your Package
Tracking your packing can be a great safety net. You’ll be able to see where your package is and when it arrived there. If there is a problem, you’ll be able to call the carrier and say that it arrived XYZ location a few days ago, but never left.
Not only can this help track down your missing package, but it’ll help you stay ahead of the game. Without tracking your packages, you may hear from your customer that their order from last month never arrived. At this point, it’s been so long that the package could be gone forever!
Instead, you’ll be able to inquire about its location the second you suspect something may have gone wrong.
6. Insure It
If something does go wrong and your jewelry is lost, stolen, or damaged in the shipping process, then you could be out a lot of money.
Just one lost or broken necklace could set you back a couple hundred dollars. Imagine what would happen if a package containing several expensive pieces of jewelry was lost.
Instead, take a proactive approach and insure your package. You’ll feel more confident knowing that you have a safety net in case something goes wrong.
7. Request a Delivery Signature
Another way to ensure your package arrives safely is to request a signature upon delivery. Many packages that are left on front porches get stolen by neighbors or people passing by.
Requesting a delivery signature helps make sure that your package goes straight from the courier to the recipient. If they aren’t home, the package will stay safe and sound at the post office until they can receive it.
Be Smart about Shipping Jewelry
Shipping jewelry and other valuables can be a stressful process. Whether you’re shipping your own personal belongings or you run a business that needs to deliver valuables to customers, you may worry that your package will get lost or damaged before it reaches its destination.
Luckily, there are several tips for shipping jewelry to help ensure this doesn’t happen. Packing it tightly with the right materials and using plain packaging can help minimize risks. Also, make sure you choose the right courier and track your package.
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