One of the most important aspects of any company’s supply chain is its packaging. If it’s expensive, you’ll lose a big opportunity for a return on investment and if it’s too shoddy, your products will be damaged mid shipping, slowing your supply chain or disappointing customers.
The following are four characteristics of good industrial packaging to help you find that middle ground.
1. It should minimize damage.
Packages go through a lot of stress. They can fall from a conveyor belt, be dropped from forklifts or fall from broken pallets. Should your products become unusable from a careless mistake, it will cost more than twice as much to get your product to the customer.
The key is to choose sturdy materials that will protect your products from damage. In addition to the mishaps above, you should also consider a package’s exposure to the environment: high winds, leaking roofs, extreme temperatures.
2. It should contain appropriate cushioning.
Cushioning is loose material between your products in their industrialized packaging. Some common examples of cushioning are Styrofoam or biodegradable packing peanuts, bubble-out bags, bubble wrap and foam sheets.
Fragile and collectible items should have 3 inches of cushioning around the inside of the box for optimal protection without overloading your budget. This is for expensive and sometimes fragile items. Being safe can save lots of money. Test the packaging you hope to select before sending your first products. Flip over a sample box. Jostle it a bit. Are your items safe inside?
3. It should be sealed effectively.
A solid seal to your packaging make is just as important as a quality cushioning. If your box should open mid-travel, all the protective cushioning in the world won’t make a difference.
There are many sealants that will effectively keep your package closed. Just don’t scrimp on expense. Using more of a poor sealant doesn’t ensure the safety of your materials.
4. It should be efficient.
Choose a package with minimal excess space, as it will lead to damaged goods or a need for extra cushioning. Excess materials lead to excess cost and potential damage.
Strong, lightweight materials are the best choice for normal packages. The most commonly used materials are corrugated cardboard, hollowed plastics and aluminum. Take advantage of cardboard and plastics made of recycled materials or reusable designs. Green supply chain alternatives can save your company big money when coordinated correctly.
Having a solid foundation regarding the qualities necessary when choosing industrial packaging can save your company through safe shipping without overpaying. Use these qualities as a guideline for your packaging standards for a more efficient experience.