Packing chips are great for filling the void around items in transit, but how many do you need to order, are there different kinds and how can you make your customers appreciate them as much as you do? The experts at Holmes Mann have the answers

How Many?

We sell loose fill chips in bags of 15 cubic feet, and so it’s just a case of working out how much space you have to fill. First work out the area of your container or box. Multiply length by width by height (in inches), and the total will be the area in cubic inches. Divide this figure by 1,728 to get the total in cubic feet. Next, work out the approximate area of what is going in the container by doing the same thing. If it is an unusually shaped item, take the smallest measurements (the thinnest or shortest part) to make sure you get enough chips to fill the void. Then it is just a case of subtracting the item total from the container total and the result will be the area that you have to fill. In very basic terms, if your container measured 50 cubic feet and what was inside measured a total of 20 cubic feet, you would need 30 cubic feet of loose filling if you were using nothing else – the equivalent of two bags supplied by Holmes Mann. 