Lessons Learned from the 2018 Holiday Season

All companies and packaging carriers are breathing a sigh of relief after the craziness of the 2018 holiday season. Post-holiday is when these groups can make sense of the mad dash they miraculously completed yet again. With this in mind, Packsize is exploring the predictions, fallout, and lessons learned from the 2018 holiday season. Since Packsize makes it possible to right-size secondary packaging with box-making machinery, companies can now address where their packaging fell short in 2018.

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Packaging Automation Keeps Companies In The Clear During Labor Shortages

Whether Millennials are in fact “lazy,” as far too many news pundits like to assume, is beyond the point. The real problem is that warehouses and distribution face a shortage of able-bodied workers. What’s more, those who fill up the applicant pool are either picky about where they work or ten not to apply for positions requiring manual labor. From the perspective of facility owners who need to keep conveyor belts filled with outbound items headed for delivery, not having the human hands to handle them is a problem—right? Not quite. As Packsize is quick to point out, automated machines creating the right-sized box out of environmentally-friendly packaging material is an all-around solution for those experiencing staffing and workflow problems. With the busy holiday season now on the horizon, there’s no time like the present to shift attention to automation rather than scurrying to find temporary workers who’ll only bridge the gap until Christmas is over.

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Safeguard Your Orders Against Damage with Packaging Software Solutions

Best intentions occasionally fall short. It’s bound to happen but when a customer’s order is on the line, it doesn’t matter how close you came to getting it right. Shortcomings in the shipping department are inexcusable. No one is going to be happy if their order arrives damaged due to poor planning on the part of the company they ordered it from. And much of this headache can be avoided because currently-available packaging software helps eliminate damage inflicted during delivery.

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Packsize Helps Companies Adapt To New Rapid Shipping Requirements

Delivering a package to someone drama-free depends on one of two things: A recipient home to accept the shipment or having a secure place for the courier to store the item. Since most front porches aren’t outfitted with a lockbox, parcel companies or U.S. Postal Service workers in the field must leave the item on the steps outside a home or sitting between the storm door and front door. This is less than ideal, and a recent op-ed from the retail trade publication eDelivery says that “flexible parcel delivery” is going to become standard—and soon.

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Packages Boost Post Office’s Earnings In Predominately Parcel-driven Sector

The relationship between package-maker and package-handler is a close one. When the former puts more products in the mail, the latter benefits and nowhere is this more apparent than in the U.S. Postal Services’ 2nd Quarter financial earnings report. The data, released on May 11, 2018, shows that “Shipping and Packages” grew by 9.5 percent compared to the same period last year. That’s a $445 million increase in the packages sector, bringing 2018’s Q2 total of overall revenue to $17.5 billion.

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Shipping Revolution Needs More Companies Switching To On Demand Boxes

Everybody has their reasons. Be it environmental concerns, sheer convenience or cutting-edge preferences, the way we get goods in the mail is changing and it’s for the best. We’re specifically talking about shipping here and it’s safe to say that the industry—like many other century-old traditions—is undergoing a much-needed modern revolution. One of the reasons for this shift is an on-demand service, which allows companies to design and produce custom corrugated boxes. The end result is a box that is so much more than just a box.

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Consider Custom Packaging Design To Escape Inflated Dimensional Weight Pricing

In a perfect world, everything you’ve shipped and will ever ship would fit neatly into a box. The shipment would be both affordable and convenient to send out to your customers. Dimensional weight pricing (DIM) did away with that in 2015. This new practice means shipping companies like FedEx and UPS charge by the approximate size of the package as well as its weight.

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How to achieve On Demand Packaging® perfection in eight easy steps.

The Packsize team had a great time at Pack Expo this last November. I know this is really belated, but thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth, said hi, and learned a little more about On Demand Packaging®.

But for those who weren’t there, we’d like to share the demonstration we set up at the show. With just an EM7 and a few pieces of equipment, we were able to create a mini-packaging line that can be fully operated in eight easy steps. So here’s the video, followed by some quick commentary for each step.

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6 Ways to Improve the Online Shopping Experience

Online shopping continues to rise and shows no sign of slowing down.  As the ecommerce market gets more competitive, here are some ways to improve the online shopping experience to keep customers coming back.

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What are the 8 wastes of lean?

Think about every action or movement in your supply chain. Do your customers derive value from this action? If not, that’s a waste.

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