July 23, 2014
A manufacturer’s guide to On Demand Packaging®
Manufacturers these days live in a world where their customer wants more for less, and they want it fast. They often have to make small or custom runs of products in a short amount of time. This is the cost of doing business today, but it can take a heavy toll on a manufacturer’s packaging costs.
So when your business has to do a small run on a product, how do you go about packaging it?
- Do you pay extra charges to have a small quantity of corrugated boxes delivered to them?
- Do you order a large quantity of boxes for a small quantity of orders and let the extra boxes take up space in inventory, never to be used?
- Do you try to fit the orders into currently stocked boxes, even if it’s an awkward fit that could lead to damaged products?
All of these methods of packaging cost your company extra money, time, and resources. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just have a perfectly-sized box at the moment you need it, and in the exact quantity you need it in?
This is where Packsize comes in.
The On Demand Packaging® system gives manufacturers the ultimate freedom to produce a box of any size at the moment they need it.
Manufacturers are often more likely to try different types of packaging because their products change frequently. How do manufacturers that use Packsize manage all of their different types of packaging?
Well, most of the companies that use Packsize have an article database that stores all the different items they need. These articles, or box designs, can be modified if needed. Companies are free to store as many or as few as they like.
A traditional supplier would charge to have a new box design made, and would then have to cut the boxes and ship them to the company. This can be time consuming and a headache when running on a tight schedule.
With On Demand Packaging®, a new package design can be created onsite or uploaded to the machine remotely, and the machine can start producing the exact number of boxes needed instantaneously.
What other benefits are there?
Well, you may have heard of the recent dimensional price increase set to take effect January 2015. If you currently have empty space in your packaging, this price change has the potential to significantly increase your shipping costs. We’ve recently written about ways you can calculate the future costs of dimensional charges. Packsize’s On Demand Packaging® guarantees to minimize the empty space in your packaging, so that you can avoid those pesky dimensional charges.
In addition to reduced box sizes, Packsize’s box making machines offer the following benefits:
- Saving up to 20 percent in packaging costs by using less corrugated
- Meeting client production and delivery timelines
- Reducing product damages due to shipping
- Eliminating box management and inventory
- Simplifying your supply chain
For Packsize customer Mack Molding, the benefits of installing a Packsize machine were immediate and numerous. According to Mack Molding Headquarters Plant Manager Bryan Campbell, “The small footprint of the Packsize system reduced our warehouse space requirements, resolved lead time constraints associated with inventorying various sized boxes, and reduced labor involved with stock handling and purchasing. Now we can produce exactly what our production needs require.”
“We now produce new packaging samples the same day they’re requested to prove out their viability. Prior to using the Packsize system, this would typically take us up to two weeks from an outside development standpoint,” added Campbell.
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