"The holidays are a prime opportunity to learn how to save on shipping without compromising protection."
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
For most retail businesses, this is the biggest shipping month of the year. It’s a prime opportunity to learn how to save on shipping costs without compromising protection. Following are 10 ways to save on industrial packaging:
1. Assess Each Product’s Requirements.
Thoroughly assess every product’s packaging requirements and compare those requirements to current practices. For example, you may discover that you can use a lighter weight cardboard and/or plastic film.
2. Check that Boxes are the Correct Size.
Experts say that there rarely needs to be more than 2 inches of dead space between the product and outer box. Smaller boxes will save a significant amount of money both by reducing shipping costs and reducing the cost of packaging materials.
3. Eliminate Excess Layers and Labels
Each layer of cardboard, foam, bubble wrap, etc. that you add to the packaging adds to the cost. If you really need the protection, consider substituting one heavy layer for multiple lighter ones. Also, pare the labels down to one per box. This means one on the outside box and one on each (if any) inside box.
4. Buy in Bulk Where Possible
Look for a supplier that offers a bulk discount. This doesn’t necessarily mean the biggest supplier. Many smaller industrial packaging suppliers have developed strong relationships with their vendors and can offer quantity discounts.
5. Reduce Labor Costs.
Always be on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency. You can accomplish this by streamlining your processes, maintaining tools and equipment, and continually training workers.
6. Reuse Where Possible
With careful planning, many packaging supplies can be reused—not just your own, but packaging that protects the components you use to build your products. For example, if parts you regularly receive are packaged with woven strap, you can probably collect it and reuse it.
7. Maintain Tools and Equipment
Implement a preventative maintenance program for all of your packaging tools and equipment. Establish an inspection and maintenance schedule and institute a tracking system that will document those operations. Create procedures for reporting problems and potential problems. You also might want to invest in a modest inventory of the spare parts you need most often.
8. Opt for Equipment Repair Over Purchase and Used Over New
Where feasible, rebuild older equipment or buy used equipment. This can be a good option for equipment that is not critical to operations. A piece of equipment is considered non-critical if, when it’s down, it will have a minimal effect on production or if there is another similar piece of equipment for backup.
9. Pay Attention to Price Changes
Products such as stretch film and steel banding can move up or down as much as 30% in one month. If you are not paying attention you may be stocking up at the wrong time and your supplier may not be passing on the appropriate discount. Working with a diligent supplier you trust can reduce the risk.
10. Look for a Full Service Supplier
A smart, reliable, experienced, and expert packaging supplier can save you a lot of money. Your supplier should know what’s available, how it performs, and exactly what supplies you need for a specific job. Ideally, you’ll want a supplier that will take the time to get to know your business. A nice value add is a supplier, such as B2B Industrial Packaging, that also offers tool repair, and used equipment sales and buyback. Be sure to ask about the guarantee and turnaround time.
B2B Industrial Packaging’s experts will help you save money. With a base of more than 4,000 active clients, B2B Industrial Packaging sells packaging products, such as strapping, banding, and stretch film to clients primarily in the Central Great Lakes, Northern California, Southern California, Dallas, and Houston areas. B2B Industrial Packaging is unique in that it also operates a banding tool repair facility that efficiently services the entire U.S., sells used equipment, and offers used equipment buyback. To contact B2B Industrial Packaging, call 1-800-413-2463 or visit http://www.B2BInd.com.
About B2B Industrial Packaging LLC (http://www.B2Bind.com)
B2B Industrial Packaging offers the best packaging products, service, and solutions for businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small growing enterprises. With a base of more than 4,000 active clients, they sell industrial packaging products, such as such as banding carts, strapping carts, steel strapping, polyester banding, polypropylene banding, steel banding seals, and stretch film.. B2B Industrial serves clients primarily in the Central Great Lakes, Northern California, Southern California, Dallas, and Houston areas and operates a banding tool repair and strapping tool repair facility that efficiently services the entire U.S. To contact B2B Industrial Packaging, call 1-800-413-2463 or visit http://www.B2BInd.com.
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