Busting the Myth About Paper Packaging and UPS & FedEx Packaging Guidelines

June 08, 2012 11:14

Myth: FedEx and UPS won’t insure your package if it’s packed with paper.

Truth: False! Both FedEx and UPS point to paper as an acceptable means of protective packaging. Each company provides guidelines and recommendations regarding how to pack on their respective websites.

The truth of the matter is that Ranpak’s protective packaging can safely protect almost any product during shipment. Our patented paper packaging technology is used across a wade array of industries and products from cookies to computer monitors, and even a 250-lb window. In fact, companies often see reduced damage rates after switching to Ranpak products from other applications such as air bags, bubble and foam.

Ranpak Package Engineers can develop a custom package design specific to your product at no cost to you. Our Package Engineers work in our International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) certified laboratory. The lab features a drop tester and a vibration table, as well as other sophisticated equipment designed to ensure that the packaging design being tested meets your needs and carrier requirements.

Interested in finding out how we can protect your product during transit? Contact us!


General Ranpak | Packaging

6 Tips to Safe and Cost-Effective Packaging

March 30, 2012 10:07
    1. Use a corrugated box—preferably a new one. When you reuse a box, it becomes less durable.

    2. Do not overfill a box. Overfilling will direct pressure to the walls of the box which could result in damage to both the box and your product. Many packers smash down paper or loose fill to close the box or fit more material inside. However, this compresses the material, making it less effective in protecting your products. More importantly, using excess packaging material means spending unnecessary money.

    3. Do not underfill a box. Underfilling a box could result in possible damage to your product. Make sure the product you are shipping is secure. If it feels loose in the box, either add more packaging material or double check to ensure that you have correctly wrapped the product.

    4. The 2-inch rule: In most cases, use at least 2 inches of packaging material around the product and be sure that the product is at least 2 inches from the walls of the box. This will help prevent both underfilling and overfilling, saving you time and money.

    5. Properly close the box. This step is just as important as using proper cushioning. Try to stay away from tapes such as: masking, cellophane and duct. Use strong tape such as pressure sensitive plastic tape. Two inches or more in width is recommended.
    6. Effective packaging for your products. Different products require different methods of packaging. If you aren’t sure of the most effective way to package your products, Ranpak’s package engineers can help. We offer a custom pack design to any company who seeks our help—all at no cost to you.


References:  http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/how_to.html


Engineering | General Ranpak | Packaging | Products | Resources

Paper: A Natural Story

January 09, 2012 16:19

Ranpak has built our entire company on the back of ingenuity, hard work, good people and paper.

We’ve always been proud of our commitment to the simplicity, efficiency and environmentally responsible qualities of paper as a void-fill, cushioning or wrapping medium.  Our full line of products is designed to meet your needs and the needs of your clients.

But how is paper made?  Where does Ranpak’s paper come from?


Ranpak’s void fill, cushioning and wrapping systems utilize
kraft paper, which is produced from pulp created by the kraft process.

Pioneered by Car F. Dahl in 1879, the kraft process derives its name from the German word for strong.  Kraft paper is machine- made paper that is created from wood pulp consisting almost entirely of pure cellulose fibers.

The kraft process dictates that wood chips are heated with water, steam and a strong alkaline liquid known as “white liquor”. 

After this initial treatment, the wood chips are heated in pressurized vessels called digesters.  After several hours at high temperatures, the natural components of the wood begin to break down, causing the wood chips to form an initial pulp.  After evaporating off some of the residual liquid, the pulp is finally screened and washed.

The kraft process includes the use of sulfate in the conditioning of the wood pulp.  This helps to add to the overall strength of the finished paper.

After the wood pulp is made, it is pulverized and fed into a machine, where it is formed into a paper web, with all water removed through pressing and drying.

It all sounds pretty technical, so what does it really mean? Well, to make it simple, the kraft process makes a pulp that is stronger than the pulp made by other processes. 


Translation: Ranpak’s paper is stronger, better and more durable.


Ranpak’s kraft paper is naturally tan in color, strong and has a high tensile strength – meaning it will hold up to the demands of packaging and shipping.

Ranpak only works with Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified mills to ensure our paper comes from a responsible source that follows sustainable forestry practices.  For more information about Ranpak's sustainability practices, visit our Go Green page.