2 ways that packages get destroyed in delivery

2 ways that packages get destroyed in delivery

Receiving packages in the mail is one of life’s little pleasures. You open your mailbox to a little bundle of joy. No, not a baby (hopefully). It’s a package containing something that you ordered or someone sent you.

You pick up the parcel of goodness and transport it inside with trembling, sweating hands. With baited breath, you delicately slice the packing tape, all while maintaining the precision of a surgeon. No room for error here.

But something is wrong. You look more closely at the box and feel your stomach drop.

The package has been ruined!

Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for packages to get ruined during delivery and here are 2 reasons why your packages get destroyed en route to their destination.

#1 – Because an old box was used

Using old boxes to send package is one of the prime reasons why your packages show up looking like they were trampled by a herd of elephants.  One of the key mistakes people make is sending a package in a delivery box with a previous address sticker still on it.

The delivery guy tries to work out which address to send it to, and so the back and forth of incorrect deliveries begins. It’s like some sort of Groundhog Day time loop.

By the time the package arrives at the correct destination, it is beaten, battered, and bruised.

The moral of the story? Don’t use an old box to ship your stuff. If you really want to save the environment, plant a tree for every package you send.

#2 – Because it was shipped in an envelope

No one wants to pay for expensive parcel delivery, so many times you’ll find that a good has been sent in a little envelope.  However, a lot can go wrong with envelope delivery. The envelope could get stuck in a sorting machine, stomped on by a careless person, dropped from absurd heights, or tossed around like a rag doll.

Look at all the machinery involved in sorting mail and packages:

There are so many moving parts for envelopes to get stuck in. If you’re sending something, particularly something valuable, put it in a box. A sturdy box. A box that can take some punishment.


We’re grateful for all the delivery workers who ensure that most of the time, our packages arrive safely. We know that it’s not an easy job, and we respect those who ensure that billions of parcels arrive safely and intact.

On the retail side of things, it is always essential that you have a clear, transparent shipping policy so that you know what to do when one of these delivery issues arises.  If you need assistance in drafting one, contact me at  or call me at 1300 033 934 for a no-obligation quote.

Of course, soon these won’t be a problem at all given that packages will be delivered by drones. Then we can just blame the robots for causing the problems.

Source: Floship