This article is a guide to packaging and labelling your inventory before you send it to Eshopbox. By doing so, you ensure that there are no delays and minimal errors in receiving the inward consignment.

Packaging and labelling products

Follow the guide below to make sure each product is packaged and labelled diligently before sending them to Eshopbox Fulfilment Centre (FC).

  • All products must have clearly scannable barcodes.

  • All products must have product labels in compliance with the Indian metrology act.

  • When packaging small products, use pouches with a barcode on the exterior and a product description sticker on the side. Else, always use a six-sided box with a scannable barcode and product description label on the outside.

    Use pouches with a scannable barcode on the exterior to pack smaller products.

    For larger products, always use a six-sided box with a scannable barcode and product description sticker on the outside.


  • If your product has multiple components, make sure each component is packaged separately in a six-sided box with a scannable barcode on the outside.

  • Include silica gel in the packaging for products sensitive to moisture.

  • If using plastic packaging, make sure it is compliant with the state laws.

Product preparation matrix

Based on the unique types of products, you are required to follow some specific instructions for packaging and labelling your products as shown in the table below:

Product type

Guidance

Fragile/Glass-
glass, ceramic or otherwise fragile

  • Place or wrap the product in protective bubble wrap or a protective six-sided box.

  • The product must pass a 3-foot drop test on a hard surface without breaking and a Full Minute Vigourous Shaking test.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Liquids-
a liquid without a double seal

  • Tighten the lid, then place the product in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning to protect it from leakage (or apply another appropriate second seal) and seal the bag.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • The product must pass a 3-foot drop test on a hard surface without breaking.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Perforated Packaging-
in packaging with perforated opening

  • If the product does not pass a drop test, place it in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning and seal the bag.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Apparel, Fabric, Plush, and Textiles-
made of cloth or fabric which can be damaged by dirt, dust, moisture or liquid

  • Place the product in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning and seal the bag to protect it from damage or dust.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Toys and Baby

Products-
for a child three years old or younger

  • Place the product in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning and seal the bag to protect it from damage or dust.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Powders, Pellets,

and Granular-
made of or containing powders, pellets or granular materials

  • If the product does not pass the 3-foot drop test, place it in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning and seal the bag.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Sharp-
a product with a sharp or pointed edge that, when exposed, presents a safety hazard

  • Place or wrap the product in protective bubble wrap or a protective six-sided box, so that the packaging completely covers any exposed edges.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Small-
small, where the longest side is less than 2-1/8 inches (the width of a credit card)

  • Place the unit in a transparent bag with a suffocation warning and seal the bag.

  • If the pouch is protruding 3 inches past the dimensions of the product, use tape to seal the bag.

  • Make sure the barcode can be scanned without opening or unwrapping the product.

Packaging and labelling cartons

Now that you've understood the steps to prepare the products for receiving at the Eshopbox fulfilment centre, we move ahead to help you understand how to prepare the cartons in which you would pack your products.

Packaging cartons

Cartons are protective packaging used during inbound transit and receiving. Follow the guide below to make sure each carton is packaged diligently before sending them to Eshopbox FCs.

  • Eshopbox suggests that one carton should include only one SKU.

  • However, if in case you intend to pack different SKUs in the same carton, you must segregate them within the carton by using either the box in the box method or by using dividers (as shown in the image below).

    SKUs that arrive mixed up within a box will be considered non-compliant; associated fees and delays in receiving will apply.

    Follow the box in the box method to pack a consignment with multiple types of products

  • Empty spaces in the carton to be filled with filler material.

  • All cartons must not be larger than 31" x 19" x 13".

  • Cartons must not weigh more than 50 kg.

  • All cartons must be sealed properly.

Cartons must not be larger than 31" x 19" x 13"

Packing your inventory properly will ensure that your products reach Eshopbox fulfilment centres in good condition. Make sure you follow the below checklist while packing your inventory:

Labelling cartons

Follow the guide below to make sure each carton is labelled appropriately before sending them to Eshopbox FCs.

  • Every carton must have a label with either the invoice number or the consignment number. If not, the carton will be rejected.

  • There can be instances of inventory mismatch after inventory receiving is complete. If you wish to identify the shortage or excess inventory at a box level, you should include a packing slip that details out the following:


    a) Box ID: This ID will be generated by you for the purpose of internal identification.
    b) Box weight: When inventory is received at Eshopbox, we weigh the box. In case there is a weight mismatch, it will get highlighted.

    c) SKU wise quantity: Eshopbox will provide you with box level data so that you can identify any shortages or overages.

  • Special handling labels should be large, brightly coloured, and positioned in multiple locations.

Note: Any inventory that arrives at the fulfilment centres without proper preparation or labelling may incur a non-compliance fee or even be subject to rejection.

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