The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally. This includes how we package and ship products from one place to another. Understanding how the virus spreads will help you take appropriate measures when it comes to shipping domestically and globally. These three tips can help.
Be Prepared for Delays
During this pandemic, many shipping centers have cut back their workforce. With the majority of retail sales being placed online at this time, more and more packages are moving through the system. With fewer workers guiding the shipping process, delays can be expected. In order to make the process go smoothly, make sure all of your packages are properly labeled.
Make Sure to Follow All Shipping Protocols
It’s also important to follow all shipping protocols. Don’t include items that are not allowed to be shipped under certain circumstances. Make sure all labels are complete and accurate. If a package must be signed for, make sure that someone is available to receive the package or pick it up from the shipping center.
Wear PPE When Packing and Unpacking a Shipment
Always wear PPE (mask and gloves) when packing and unpacking a shipment. This reduces your exposure to any airborne contaminants that may be in the area while you are unpacking your shipment. If you are sending items, wearing the appropriate PPE will ensure that you are keeping any contaminants to a minimum during the packing process.
The shipping industry has been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 virus. More so than what many people would have expected. If your business regularly ships and receives packages, it’s important to understand what you can do to keep the process moving efficiently. Take a few minutes to re-evaluate your own shipping methods to ensure that both you and your recipients stay safe during this difficult time.