Do you run a business that involves shipping posters out to your customers? If so, you probably want to ensure that your posters arrive at their destination in the best condition possible. After all, even one bend or tear can make a poster look a lot less appealing than it did originally. Luckily, following these tips can help you have the best possible success when shipping posters for your business.
1. Give Them Time to Dry
If you sell posters that are already printed, this shouldn't be a problem. If you print or draw your own posters, however, you will generally want to leave them stretched out -- without any other posters underneath or on top of them -- until you are sure that they are completely dry. If you roll them up too soon, you have to worry about the colors bleeding and destroying the poster.
2. Use Shipping Tubes
One of the best ways to ship posters is in mailing tubes. Because of their design, a rolled-up poster is generally the best fit. You can even custom order your shipping tubes at various lengths to ensure that they are the right size for shipping out your posters, such as if you sell larger or smaller-than-usual posters. When buying these tubes, consider going ahead and springing for a slightly higher quality tube, which can be thicker and less likely to bend, let in leaks that could damage your posters or otherwise have issues during the shipping process.
3. Avoid Using Rubber Bands
Some people like to wrap rubber bands around posters to help hold them in place when they are being shipped. However, this often is not the best idea. During a long shipping process, rubber bands can cut into the poster and leave creases that won't easily come out. The color can also bleed off of the rubber bands if you choose colored rubber bands, and in extreme temperatures, you may even have to worry about them melting. Just roll the posters up neatly and put them in your shipping tubes for best results.
As you can see, shipping your posters should be a whole lot easier than you think. If you follow these three simple tips, you might find that you do not have any trouble shipping your posters at all. Then, you can help ensure that they are in good shape when they arrive to your customers, which can help you avoid customer complaints, return shipping costs, replacement costs and other potential issues.