If you are in the packaging industry, you will know that packaging is more than throwing articles into random boxes. ‘Packaging and supply chain optimization is not just fancy words anymore, they form an integral part of the retail industry. Warehouse, retail stores, and e-commerce chains are only some of the places that use packaging. Likewise, ‘packaging optimization’ refers to using smart packaging that is designed to protect your products while moving from the logistics company in UAE, warehouse, or retail centre to their destination.
The ongoing pandemic has forced the packaging industry to rethink its techniques. Here is why you should invest in your package design:
- Reduced carbon footprint
Non-biodegradable materials such as cardboard, styrofoam, and plastic harm the environment yet they are durable and flexible in operation. However, choose eco-friendly material over plastic packaging. This will reduce your carbon footprint and impress your customers as well.
- Reduces risk of damage
Package optimization protects the shipment in its journey to the customer, as the right products are packaged in the right kind of packaging. Apart from the low chances of damage, you will be relieved of unnecessary logistics support and packaging waste.
- More savings
Due to optimized sizes, you are saving on packaging material and transportation costs as well. Instead of multiple truckloads, several boxes could be transported off in one shipment, contributing to less fuel, less transit, and less material.
Here is how you can optimize packaging material for supply chain management:
- Quality packaging material
Products are first established using established procedures to determine their fragility, which helps in developing the primary, secondary and tertiary packaging stage. Primary packaging refers to the ease of opening and use, store display, and user experience while consuming as little material and space as possible. Secondary and tertiary packaging protects the products from mishandling, temperature, and humidity concerns.
- Reasonable costs of packaging
The packaging needs to be strong enough to securely hold heavy or fragile goods, without the risk of damage. They should be able to withstand moisture, chemicals, and manual mishandling. Products are always in danger of being under-packaged, which increases the chance of product waste, reverse logistics, and damage. They are over-packaged as well, leading to material waste and supply chain expenses. Heavy-duty and durable materials are expensive, but standard material works for most instances as well.
- Suitable packaging designs
The packaging must blend aestheticism and practicality, transportation, storage, and its effect on the customer. Look for customized designs for efficient and proactive packaging, by prioritizing the safety of the goods inside. Snip off labor-intensive, bulky, or otherwise unnecessary elements to save money, time and waste. Modern consumers favor sustainable packaging, and such made from recycled materials are always a plus.
- Ergonomic packaging
While talking about packaging designs, we must consider the logistics behind them. Redesign packaging designs to optimize quality and cost, by ensuring a lightweight and cost-efficient option that allows more volume intake.
- Space optimization
Lack of warehouse and inventory space is a constant problem, so ask the supply chain providers to share information on the consumption rates for packaging during the peak season. Choose a local supply chain provider that engages in integrated logistics, management capabilities, and multimodal transport facilities across India.
Your packing choices affect space utilization as well, and every millimeter counts in the end. Think of lighter and streamlined packaging material, stackable crates, or pallets to utilize every inch of warehouse space. Such tiny adjustments impact the height and space of the shipment, along with reducing transportation costs.
- Packaging testing
Now that you have researched, designed, and manufactured brand-new packaging material, you must test them out before a public release. Rigorous research in both simulated real-time conditions is essential, and you must constantly measure and analyze their functionality and performance. The packaging is more than a bag for your goods, it speaks for customer experience as well. In the end, your decision must positively impact the supply chain management, vendors, and the brand itself.
- Packaging material durability
Social distancing has confined most of us to our homes, and customers now want professional movers and packers in Dubai to deliver them to their doorstep. Essential goods such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, chemicals, and perishable goods have an expiration date.
Choose RFID tagging and cost-efficient packaging solutions so that the customers get fresh, safe, and compact goods. Digital tracking systems help your customers track their packages easily, while reusable packaging helps the planet. Use smart technology to map user and consumption trends, purchase volume, and more metrics to manufacture packaging accordingly.
Optimizing quality, cost, and warehouse friction, the packaging industry aims at enhancing customer experience. If you are looking for a reliable freight forwarding company in Dubai, mail us at Trukker.