Package testing helps manufacturers verify their package designs to ensure that their products will not experience damage during shipping. Products are often shipped across states, countries and continents to reach their destination. This is an unavoidable link in the supply chain and, as such, packaging must be designed to protect products during the shipping process.

We help you evaluate your packaging designs to determine if they provide adequate protection from impacts, vibration and other climatic conditions experienced during shipping. Whether you intend meet retailer requirements, ISTA standards, or evaluate your packaging independently, we can help you develop a testing plan to determine if your packaging protects your products from damage during shipping.

Our single-source laboratories are capable of performing all relevant testing from the same location, helping you limit testing time and accelerate time-to-market. Our fast turnaround time allows manufacturers to verify packaging at any stage in the manufacturing process, without missing shipment deadlines due to testing and evaluation.


Why should I perform Package Testing?

Damaged products result in lost revenue due to warranty claims, lost consumer confidence, and additional production to replace damaged products. Once your package leaves your manufacturing location, it is up to shipping services to safely deliver your product to its next location. This means packages must be loaded, stacked, transported and unloaded before they reach their destination.

During this process, packages are guaranteed to experience at least minor levels of impact, compression and vibration. Shipping services make an effort to treat packages gently, but the only rule that protects manufacturers from broken products is “trust your packaging, not your shipper”.

When should I perform Package Testing?

Package testing should always be performed before large product shipments. It is always cheaper to test your packaging than to re-manufacture a significant portion of your product due to damage during shipping.

Additionally, package testing should be performed anytime there is a design, material or component change in a product. Small changes may have an unforeseen impact on product durability or packaging effectiveness. When it comes to large shipments and new product production runs, the best practice is to verify that your products will reach their destination undamaged before arranging a shipment.

Retailer Requirements

Many online retailers have requirements for minimum levels of protection for packages. Amazon, Walmart, and other major retailers protect their brand reputation and consumer confidence by preventing damaged goods through effective packaging. If a manufacturer intends to sell their product in regulated online marketplaces, it is critical that they design, test and ensure their packaging meets retailer requirements.

Related Standards and Capabilities
  • ISTA 1A
  • ISTA 1B
  • ISTA 1C
  • ISTA 1D
  • ISTA 1E
  • ISTA 1G
  • ISTA 1H
  • ISTA 2A
  • ISTA 2B
  • ISTA 2C
  • ISTA 2D
  • ISTA 2E
  • ISTA 3A
  • ISTA 3E
  • ISTA 3F
  • ISTA 7D
  • – Over Boxing
  • – SIOC Type A
  • – SIOC Type B
  • – SIOC Type D
  • ASTM D4169
  • 49 CFR 178

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