A mannequin is usually an articulated human figure used for displaying or fitting clothing. They are made from a variety of materials, the more popular ones being fiberglass and plastic. Mannequins are commonly seen as in-store displays or window decoration but many online sellers also use them to display their products for their product photos.
Most mannequins can be taken apart and re-assembled for easy transport and storage. However, proper packing techniques must be employed on every part to prevent any damage to the mannequin. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a mannequin.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, carefully disassemble the mannequin. Parts may be connected with screws, knobs, rods or other devices. Make sure to place these parts in a bag, label, and seal. Don’t forget to place the bag inside the package.
Cover the base pate in cardboard and then with bubble wrap. Individually wrap each of the mannequin parts in several layers of bubble wrap. Make sure that all parts are well-padded and will not get scratched or dinged. Protect the face and fingers of the mannequin with cardboard before wrapping in bubble wrap.
Get a sturdy shipping size that can accommodate the largest part and the rest of the mannequin. Lay the flat base plate in the bottom and secure with tape so it doesn’t move. Fill the bottom of the box with packing peanuts and lay the largest parts on top. Fill any empty spaces with more fillers before laying the other parts. Continue this process until all parts are inside the box and there are no empty spaces to allow movement. Before closing the box, place the bag of connectors or small parts.
Seal the box with packaging tape. Make sure that all seams, including the ones in the bottom, are reinforced and will not burst open during transit. Address and label the package and bring it to the post office or shipping company.