Using mailing tubes instead of traditional shipping boxes can benefit your company in a number of ways. You may save money on shipping due to the lower weight of a tube compared with a box and it also may be easier to store tubes in your warehouse or shipping facility until you are ready to use them. If you will soon be making the switch to tubes for your shipping purposes, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Roll Your Documents Carefully and Make Sure the Paper Fits Into the Tube With Ease

If using mailing tubes for documents, you'll need to roll the documents into a cylinder shape. You obviously don't want to do this with any official documentation that needs to maintain a professional look, but if you are just sending receipts or basic reports, the receiver can smooth the paper back out after the tube arrives. Make sure the cylinder you create with the documents fits easily into the tube. Jamming it in for a tight fit could damage your documents either on the way in or during shipment.

Make Sure the Tube Is Secured

Most mailing tubes come with a cap that goes on top after the documentation or product is inside and then you can drop it in the mail. You might need less packing tape than you would if you were using a traditional box, but that doesn't mean you don't need to use any tape at all. You should put a bit of tape around the edge of the tube where the cap goes on to ensure it won't come loose and spill the tube's contents during transit.

Consider a Custom Design If the Tubes Work Out for You

When first making a change to mailing tubes for your packaging needs, you might just order some generic cardboard colored tubes to make sure this is the right choice for your operation. But if you want to fully enjoy the benefits that these tubes provide, consider upgrading your packaging by ordering tubes from a custom manufacturer. You could have all your tubes be a specific color or have the company logo or branding printed right onto it. Custom tubes offer a more professional look. Some customers even keep mailing tubes around the house for their storage needs. Further, having your company name printed onto it will keep your company at the front of the customer's mind every time they see the tube.