How to protect your products against damages

4 mins

Product damage is a serious problem for many businesses, it reduces revenue, creates irritation for customers and impacts operations.

Protect your products against damages properly, and you’ll see an increase in happy customers, a decrease in the amount of refunds you’re issuing, and a smoother running business in general. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, carry on reading, we’re about to share our top tips on how to protect your products against damages.

How are products damaged?

A product can be damaged in several ways during the delivery process. Without pointing fingers, the mishandling of your products probably happens a lot more than you realise. On a positive note, there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best shot at preventing these damages from occurring.

Protective packaging

It’s fairly self-explanatory, but it’s important to package your goods in protective and suitable material. Shipping something fragile? Some options to protect your products might be bubble wrap or paper void fill. Contact us to find the most suitable damage protection for your products.

Label your items

Introducing labels to warn people handling your products is an effective method to help deter damages. By displaying warnings that your product is fragile or is being monitored, we’re sure that handlers will think twice about mis-handling your products.

Impact labels

These innovative impact labels are tamper proof and can be applied directly to your packaging. Once activated, if your package takes a hit beyond a specified G-level, the shock releases a red dye into the tube – creating a permanent indication of rough handling.

The label is designed so that only specific impacts will activate the device and expected/normal movement during transportation won’t. Impact labels can influence the behaviour of handlers during the shipping process as well as provide tamper-proof evidence. Overall, impact labels are a cheap, effective solution for protecting your products against damages.

At Swiftpak, we stock a range of impact labels with various sensitivities, from 25G up to 100G. If you are unsure on which impact label is right for you and your products, contact us today, we’d be happy to assist.


  • Easy-to-use adhesive backing means no tools to apply to packaging
  • Attention grabbing sign to help prevent mishandling
  • Tamper-proof design
  • Available in a wide range of sensitivities
  • Tested for use in multiple environments

Label fragile items

Another way you can label your products to deter people from mishandling your products is by displaying warnings that your product is fragile. We like to think that a “Fragile, handle with care” label will prevent somebody from being careless when handling your package. A “fragile” warning label shouldn’t be overlooked, it only takes somebody to drop your product once for it to break.

Labelling of products is an often-overlooked aspect of packaging protection, but they do help. We promise. Take a look at our range of warning labels.


Seal with a strong, high-quality tape

A mistake that often happens is that a company goes for the cheapest tape instead of the most suitable tape. Yes, you may be saving some money by choosing a very cheap tape, and especially when using a lot of it. However, a cheap tape is usually of low quality, meaning it won’t hold for very long, especially in harsh temperature conditions. A strong tape can prevent products escaping from their packaging and being damaged.

If you’re looking for a strong, high-quality tape, we recommend using reinforced gummed paper tape. It’s strong, temperature tolerant and tamper-evident. Oh, and I forgot to mention, it’s eco-friendly as well. If you want to discover more about this tape, check out our complete guide to gummed paper tape.


If you have a lot of damaged returns and want a solution as soon as possible, contact us today. Our packaging experts can advise on what your packaging needs for optimum protection.