Packaging Larger Products: Juggling Economy and Protection

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Important considerations when packaging larger products.

For businesses and producers who regularly engage with packaging as part of their day-to-day operations, juggling protection and economy is something of an ongoing process. By taking a careful and considered approach when deciding on their packaging solutions, businesses can expect the best possible outcome for both factors…

Manufacturers currently have their work cut out when it comes to choosing the right packaging supplies. Not only do they have to take into account the specifications of their product, the mode of transit and the nature of distribution, they now have an incredibly long list of compliance requirements and environmental regulations to factor in as well. All of these things create one hurdle which many professionals simply don't have the time to fully measure up - but in doing so they can help streamline their packaging operation and even save themselves money.

Very often, particularly where larger products are concerned, it is small changes to the way you currently do things that can have the biggest impact, such as opting for a different type of cushioning material.

So what do smart packaging choices exactly look like?

Factors to consider where product protection is concerned

The majority of larger products that get shipped come with a higher price tag. It's no surprise then that product protection should be high on your list of priorities for packaging supplies. Important factors to consider include the style of strapping and void fill. Strapping is important as it prevents transit damage and limits the possibility for tampering.

Using the appropriate void fill is incredibly important as it is the main factor that limits damage. With heavier goods and larger items, limiting movement ensures the protection of both what's inside the box and any other products that may be in the surrounding area. Void fill itself is one of those small factors that can be altered in order to help save you money. While certain bubble wraps may be good for protection and a cheap option at the point of purchase, they might not necessarily be the most economical further down the line.

Is excess waste creating false economy?

Secondary and transit packaging can create a considerable amount of waste when not carefully considered. While in the short term it can seem economical to opt for cheaper cushioning, such as polystyrene chips, the amount of waste created can end up being a bigger issue further down the line where your waste audit is concerned. No manufacturer wants to end up having to pay through the teeth for excess waste that could have easily been avoided.

The best thing to do is to weigh up the full scale cost of your current packaging operation from end to end - that way you can get a good idea of where you may be losing money.

These types of packaging audits are essential to keeping your processes and production lean but can be incredibly time-consuming when conducted in-house that is why we are proud to offer an entirely free and easy packaging audit service that will help you get to grips with where you are falling short. Enabling you to make smarter choices with regards your packaging supplies and potentially reducing what you currently pay while ensuring optimised protection for your products.

Swiftpak is a wholesale packaging supplier with over 30 years experience in choosing the right packaging products. If you're interested in finding out more about how we could help you juggle economy and protection when packaging your larger products, get in touch with us today.