The packaging warehouse is the unsung hero of e-commerce. Without it, online shoppers would be stuck waiting months for their orders to arrive. With so many people turning to e-commerce to do their shopping, businesses must be prepared to keep up with the demand. That means having workflow processes that can handle the increased volume of orders.
Here’s how you can upgrade your packaging warehouse to meet the needs of your e-commerce business.
Review and Assess Your Current Packaging Process
The first step is to closely examine your current packaging process and identify any areas that need improvement. Do you have enough space for packaging materials and finished products? Is your packaging line efficient? Are your employees adequately trained on how to package products? Once you understand where your packaging process needs improvement, you can begin making changes.
Streamline Your Packaging Processes
Is your packaging process as efficient as it could be? If not, it’s time to streamline. Start by identifying bottlenecks and places where things tend to go wrong. Then, update your process so that orders flow smoothly through your warehouse. This might mean investing in automation or changing how products are stored. Whatever changes you make, your goal should be to make your process as efficient as possible.
Invest in Innovative Packaging and Shipping Technology
If your packaging equipment is outdated or unable to keep up with demand, it’s time to invest in new equipment. Specialized packing machines are available on the market today, so find one that suits your specific needs.
For example, ReadyWise, a global company that produces shelf-stable products, needed a technology solution to give them the ability to meet increased consumer demand faster and with more efficiency. So, they contacted the right-sized packaging innovators at Packsize.
Packsize stepped in to help and provided the perfect solution by introducing their X4 automated packaging machine system. This system is designed to produce right-sized packaging processes specifically tailored to meet ReadyWise’s needs.
The X4 automatically produces the right-sized box for each order that comes in. With the X4 machine system, hours are saved in labor and wasted time dealing with box inventory. This helps ReadyWise increase its throughput – producing one million pouches weekly and shipping thousands of orders daily.
Right-sized packaging leads to faster and safer delivery for consumers. And ReadyWise saves on freight costs. Due to Packsize’s innovative approach, ReadyWise has eliminated their previous struggles and increased efficiency to make their business more successful than ever before.
This improved efficiency shows how right-sized packaging can revolutionize your e-commerce business. Packsize On Demand Packaging technology allows you to meet increased consumer demand faster and more efficiently.
Choose Sustainable Packaging Solutions
Sustainable packaging solutions are one of the most important decisions you can make for your business to reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy costs. Not only does it benefit the environment, but it helps you gain credibility with customers. Investing in sustainable packaging solutions shows customers your commitment to maintaining our shared planet.
In fact, according to one study, as online shopping habits increase, so do consumer concerns about environmental impact. Nearly 1 in 4 online shoppers surveyed switched their purchases to more sustainable companies and/or reduced the amount they buy online because of environmental concerns.1
In addition, sustainable packaging solutions tend to be cost-effective, so you can save money without compromising on quality. Right-sized boxes reduce the amount of corrugated you need, which saves space on trucks and results in less DIM weight charges and, ultimately, means less trucks on the road. Therefore, choosing right-sized packaging is a wise choice that makes consumers happier, helps your company’s bottom line, and is environmentally friendly.
Upgrading your packaging warehouse doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By reviewing your current processes and assessing what needs to change, investing in innovative technology, streamlining your processes, and choosing eco-friendly packaging, you can make sure that your business can meet the needs of today’s consumers—and tomorrow’s. For help with automated packaging processes and sustainable packaging solutions that fit your e-commerce business, contact Packsize today.
1. Consumer Packaging Perceptions Study; conducted in March 2022 by Corus; N=1,903 U.S. adults that shop online at least once per month;