So, you are beginning the journey of seeking out a contract packaging company because you’re considering outsourcing your supply chain needs. In this situation, it is normal to have a lot of questions about the process. But, for most people, the number one question is, how much does it cost? This is a very good question. However, most businesses are hoping to get a universal ballpark figure right off the bat. That’s totally understandable - you want to have this information to figure out if this is something you can afford. You want to know if the cost justifies the investment. Many buyers go to the internet and punch in some variant of that question. They hope that the information will be front and center. After clicking through a host of articles on Google, many buyers get frustrated. Most of the articles and other content you’ll find does not usually have this information. The reason for this is because the answer is extremely case sensitive. The cost for contract packaging is going to be very different from one company to the next. The reason for this is because your costs relate to your labor force, packaging machinery, packaging materials, warehousing space, logistics, and the other variables that change from one company to the next. The total cost for a contract packaging agreement for you, is not going to look anything like the one that is appropriate for your competitors. Unless of course, all the variables above are nearly identical for each company, of which, they rarely are. With all of that in mind, it is important to understand one thing. There is an answer to your question and it can be provided by a contract packaging company. But, they will need to analyze your unique requirements to produce a close approximation of the total cost. Industrial Packaging has done this kind of analytical research for countless companies. We can do this for your company as well if contract packaging ends up becoming the best option for your company. In this article, we will explain the elements that go into calculating an estimate for contract packaging. We will explore the different elements we need to analyze before we can answer the question, how much does it cost?
When you think about downtime, I bet a few things come to mind. Lost productivity, your workforce standing around, scrap packaging materials or finished goods, and missing deadlines you have agreed to meet. And while all those are true, there are a few more negative side-effects that carry as much, if not more, weight when it comes to downtime. One of our top priorities is making sure our customers can avoid unexpected downtime on their packaging lines. At Industrial Packaging, we "eat our own dog food" and maintain regularly scheduled maintenance on our packaging machinery. By doing so, we can maintain the supply line for our customers, and we help them do the same in their facilities. We know what it takes to succeed, and we know how to combat unwanted downtime. In the article below, we will explore the real cost of downtime and explain how to prevent it.
One question that we are often asked by managers from other companies is, “How do I know when it's time to look for help or outsource some of my supply chain”? Sometimes these questions are from a start-up company that has been operating out of their basement. Other times the question comes from a large company that is toying with the idea of a large expansion. As a specialist in supply chain dynamics, Industrial Packaging is uniquely positioned to help you understand when and why you should work with a third party to run your supply chain. Even if you do not choose us as your third-party supply chain vendor, we can help you to understand the protocols for this process. In this article, we will give you advice on how to approach this project.
We follow 8 simple steps when executing a Supply Chain project for our customers, and we start by reverse-engineering the process from end-user delivery to your timelines' demands. Here's how we keep our customer's on track, all the time:
When you are working with a co-packer or outsourcing a portion of your production with a Supply Chain Services Provider like us, its important to know you are working with a safety-oriented, regulatory-compliant company. Here are some of the ways we ensure your product is safe throughout the supply chain in our hands.
We have all been to the Wal-Marts, Sam's Clubs, and Targets of the world, and as we walk down the wide aisles, there are 360-degree, walk-around displays, showcasing different products. They have facings and graphics on all four sides that and can be shopped from all four sides. These are point-of-purchase displays.