Industrial packaging can be expensive. Whether you use bulk bags to transport your goods across the country, ship your products across continents in boxes, or simply need plastic containers to sell your goods in, the cost of manufacturing and supplying your particular packaging can be prohibitive.
As every business wants to keep its costs as low as they can be, here are a few tips to help you manage the cost of your industrial packaging.
Buy in bulk
Buying more of your packaging at one time will usually earn you a discount from your supplier. But be sure that you have the capacity to store the unused packaging properly, and also that it will be suitable for your requirements by the time it is used – otherwise you may lose money in the long run.
Use the right size
It may sound obvious, but getting the right size of packaging is vital. If the boxes you send goods in have plenty of fresh air inside them, you’re paying for that fresh air. If you send a variety of different sizes to customers, buy different sizes of packaging to suit every occasion.
Reuse and recycle
If it is possible, buy reusable packaging materials, so they can be used time and time again. Bulk bags, for instance, can be cleaned and reused many times before they become unfit for purpose. Using recyclable packaging, which you may be able to sell on to create something new once you’ve finished with it, will also save you money.
Work with a supplier you trust
Find a supplier for your packaging who you can trust to pass on savings when available (such as when the price of raw materials goes down), and who you can rely on to provide exactly what you need, when you need it. If you can build a good relationship with your industrial packaging supplier, you will ensure your costs are kept to a minimum.
Keep packaging minimal
How you package your goods depends on a large number of factors, of course, and you may have to protect your products with layers of bubble wrap, for example. However, it pays to try to keep the amount of packaging you use to the absolute minimum you can get away with. This will keep the costs down (including shipping), as well as helping to maintain your environmentally-friendly credentials.
Watch your weight
Using a lighter alternative to your normal packaging may well provide the same level of protection, while costing less to manufacture and ship. So go light!
Maintain your equipment
Implementing a regular maintenance routine for all of your packaging equipment will help you avoid costly breakdowns, as well as helping prevent malfunctions which could damage your packaging and leave it unusable.
Shop around for suppliers
Although it is important to forge a trusting relationship with your packaging supplier, don’t just find one and stay with them forever. Just like renewing your car insurance, you have to shop around every now and then, to ensure you are getting the best deal.