Packaging Advice

3 packaging tips to help save space & reduce business costs

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In today's competitive business landscape, finding ways to optimise costs and embrace sustainable practices is essential for long-term success. Amongst the areas where businesses can drive change, packaging holds a significant level of importance. Not only do efficient packaging strategies help save space, but also reduce costs and support environmental sustainability targets.

In this blog post, we explore three valuable packaging tips that can help businesses achieve these goals while improving their overall operations.

1. Utilise right-size packaging solutions

One of the most effective ways to save space, reduce costs, and support eco-objectives is by utilising right-size packaging. Often, businesses default to using standard-sized boxes or containers, leading to wasted space and the need for extra filler materials. By customising your packaging products to fit the specific dimensions of your products, you can eliminate excessive voids and minimise the amount of additional cushioning materials required for safe transportation.

Investing in custom-sized cartons, as well as flexible packaging options such as polybags can greatly contribute to space optimisation. These tailored solutions ensure a snug fit, minimising wasted space and eliminating the need for additional void fill solutions. However, this is easier said than done. Optimising a packaging solution to achieve perfect fit requires expertise and careful consideration – it goes beyond simply selecting a smaller box.

In order to achieve an optimal solution, an in-depth understanding of product dimensions, weight distribution, fragility, transportation constraints, and other special requirements is needed. This is where bespoke packaging comes in. Bespoke packaging offers a number of advantages to those looking to save space, reduce costs and meet sustainability targets. Through tailored protection, material selection, and space utilisation, a proper bespoke packaging solution can make all the difference in today’s competitive market.

2. Make use of efficient filling materials

Selecting the right filling materials is crucial for protecting products during transit while maximising space efficiency. Traditional materials like Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap can be bulky, occupying unnecessary space and increasing costs. Fortunately, there are more sustainable and space-efficient alternatives available.

Consider using air pillows or inflatable packaging, which provide excellent cushioning while occupying less space. These materials can be inflated on demand, reducing storage requirements, and eliminating the need for large quantities of pre-filled cushioning.

Another space (and cost) saving option is utilising corrugated inserts or dividers to securely separate and protect individual items within a package. These inserts typically use less material than traditional void fill, prevent movement and potential damage, whilst allowing for more compact packaging.

If you're looking for a space-saving alternative to bulky bubble wrap, honeycomb paper wrap is worth considering. Thanks to its lightweight design, you can store an impressive 250 meters of paper wrap on a single roll, whereas traditional bubble wrap typically offers only 50-100 meters – that’s over 2 times the packaging material, without exhausting any further warehouse space.

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3. Optimise storage layout and packing process

Efficient warehouse layout and packing workflows play a crucial role in saving space and reducing business costs. By implementing strategic measures to optimise your warehouse operations, you can maximise space utilisation and improve overall efficiency.

Creating an efficient packing process begins with organising your warehouse or packing space. The proximity of your products, packaging materials, and packing area can greatly impact your ability to pick, pack, and dispatch efficiently.

Consider using cost-effective corrugated pick bins to store your products in a logical order. Place them within a short distance of your packing area to minimise downtime during the picking process.

Businesses can also adopt lean inventory management practices to minimise excess inventory and reduce storage requirements. By keeping inventory levels lean and aligned with customer demand, it’s easier to optimise space utilisation and lower carrying costs.

Speak to Swiftpak - The experts in all things packaging

All of the above sounds great, doesn’t it? But do you have the time and packaging expertise to put these ideas into practice? If not, we’ve got you covered. At Swiftpak, we offer free, no obligation packaging audits to uncover the potential of your operation. We dive into the ins and outs of your processes, materials used, and overall packaging strategy. We have over 45 years of experience and specialise in offering bespoke packaging solutions that your business deserves.

For more information on how we can support your business, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today. We’re always happy to talk packaging and answer any questions you may have.