Take Our Advice – FedEx Packing, Care and Delivery Tips Will Save You Money

Take Our Advice – FedEx Packing, Care and Delivery Tips Will Save You Money

Over the years we have learned all the best ways to pack, label and take care of goods of every shape and size.


So benefit from our global shipping skills by using the following packing and shipping tips - and have a trouble-free Christmas and New Year period.

  • Always source the right packing materials and use them correctly.
  • Enter full sender and consignee details on all labels, and make sure you position them in the right place.
  • Save time, avoid errors and benefit from 24/7 tracking visibility by using FedEx Ship Manager™ at fedex.com, or its simplified version for occasional shippers, FedEx Ship Manager™ Lite. Book your shipments early to avoid peak traffic congestion.

When you choose FedEx you know you’re shipping with a company that has strong environmental priorities

  • By the end of May 2012 we had increased our global electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleet to 482, an increase of nearly 18%.
  • Our combined eco-friendly fleet has now logged more than over 19 million km.
  • We have cut our fleet fuel consumption by approximately 1,3 million litres.
  • The FedEx Express envelope, which is already made from 100% recycled content and is 100% recyclable, became carbon neutral this year and at no extra cost to our customers.

Use these tips, and join us in minimizing the impact of your shipment on the environment:

  • Use the smallest carton possible – as long as you make sure that your item is adequately protected.
  • Use two cartons when packing fragile goods, but use an older box for the interior one.
  • Use recycled materials whenever possible. Remember that FedEx provides you with envelopes made from 100% recycled content and 10 kg and 25 kg cartons that not only contain a minimum of 70% recycled content but are also recyclable.
  • Tape the edges of heavy-duty cartons in addition to securing the special locking tab closure to provide added protection during shipment.
  • If you want to re-use an exterior box, ensure that it is in good condition with no holes, tears or corner dents; and also make sure that any old labels are removed to avoid possible misdirection or confusion.
  • Consider eco-friendly options such as using shredded paper, bio-degradable packing “peanuts” or lightweight used clothing to protect your package’s contents.
  • Use the correct amount of cushioning material and utilise a sturdy corrugated shipping container.
  • A final, simple rule of thumb is this: the less your package weighs the fewer packaging, freight and fuel costs it will consume.

And if you want any more advice or information:

  • Visit the Pack like a Pro section on fedex.com
  • Ask Customer Service at 1802233 for further advice on efficient packing strategies and materials
  • Get more details of FedEx environmentally friendly initiatives by clicking here.