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Material Packaging Standards

General Guideline for Print Materials:

Where the total volume of materials for any one component would result in greater than 2 layers of boxes on a typical skid, materials should be bundled in paper bands, brick-piled skidded and wrapped.
(flat paper stocks and envelopes excepted)

Brick-piling:

In the first row, place bundles of material lengthwise along the length or the pallet. The entire pallet must be covered by bundles of material. The center of the pallet must not be left empty.

In the second row, place bundles of material lengthwise along the width of the container. Continue alternating the direction of the bundles in each row to ensure bundles maintain an even surface and to ensure the load remains stable during handling.

Multiple-Versions

Print material containing multiple versions must be packaged onto separate skids where the volume permits. Where the volume does not permit skidding, boxes are to be used.

Boxing

Bundle in equal height batches and paper band if possible. When boxing materials, ensure an equal quantity per box weighing no more than 50lbs per box.

Ensure the correct size of box is used for the packaged material. Do not use an oversized or undersized box.

Materials should be packaged to limit curling or damaging of materials. Do not overpack boxes. Alternate the direction of the bundles in each row to maintain an even surface and ensure stability during shipping.

Neighbourhood Mail

Materials that do not require further processing or addressing (postcards, self-mailers) are an exception from the general guidelines. PO instructions will advise to bundle and box these materials in equal quantities weighing no more than 50lbs per box.

Packing Slips/Labeling

Packing slips are mandatory for all received materials. Failure to provide a packing slip may result in rejection of materials or an inventory stocking surcharge.

Mandatory packing slips details include total quantity, quantity by version, item and version descriptor, and shipper details.

When boxes are used each box should be labelled with the quantity per box and an item/version descriptor.

Examples

Flat Paper/Letters:
Loose pack on skid, shrink wrap

Coupon style inserts/buckslips (flat – no score or perforation):
Bundled using paper wrap. Brick-pilled on skids, or boxed according to packaging standards.

Booklets/Mini-Catalogues:
Brick-pilled on skids according to packaging standards.

Magazines:
Brick-pilled on skids according to packaging standards.

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