Ship Shape

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:16am

Today is the busiest shipping day of the year. Chris Clackum has tips for packing your items safely.

Fed Ex expects to move 17 million packages today, a record 12 percent increase over last year and more than double its daily average.

If blockbuster sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are any indication, it'll be a record season for UPS as well.

Both shippers are looking to stay busy after today, too, which means a few shipping tips might be in order.

The engineers at the UPS testing facility in Addison, Illinois stay busy devising the best ways to package something for shipping.

It helps to know they don't like packing peanuts.

Bubble wrap is okay, but shipping something even slightly heavy can cause the protective bubbles to burst.

The shippers recommend shredded cardboard or craft paper that protects better and decomposes faster.

They also recommend you start with a fresh, new box.

"If you're re-using packaging, the chances are the outer container has already broken down lost some of its strength," says packaging engineer Andrew Gruber.

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