We are all being asked to do more with less and taking time to review existing operations and processes is the perfect place to start. It maybe just the opportunity to apply new thinking or seek advice in simplifying and streamlining work flow and logistics in the warehouse, gaining greater control and enhanced efficiencies. So if maximising productivity, remaining competitive and creating an agile, responsive packaging operation is important to you for 2019, then being able to automate your packaging process may be the key to not only lowering costs but also a way to introduce safer and leaner working conditions.
Lean Green Clean
Increasing productivity as well as reducing costs are most certainly your key drivers but your end users and customers will also be interested in your process from an environmental aspect. Automating your process still supports you in making those necessary environmental changes in terms of the materials you use for your protective packaging. We supply a number of options for void filling which are all either recyclable by the end user or made from sustainable sources. We also supply machinery that allows you to create your own void filling from card. Whether you require automation for box erection at the start of the process or with strapping and securing prior to despatch, we have an automated solution for you.
Create Protect Secure – Automate
At Acopia – we supply machinery for every step of the process and all equipment is equally at home in a manual packaging setting or integrated as part of a fully automated process. We can identify where to make the optimal changes to your process to yield the greatest results. Experts in packaging and procedure for over 40 years, we work with many clients on process improvement and delivering greater returns on investment. Each setting is unique and the amount of automation needed is different. We don’t adopt a one size fits all approach – we analyse every aspect and suggest change where we know it will make a real difference.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch. Let us know about your current challenges, bottlenecks and headaches and we can help you to achieve effortless automation for your packing line.
If you’re starting a new ecommerce business, packaging needs to be seen as an extension of the product you are selling. The process of simply delivering the product to the customer is not really enough anymore. At this time of intense competition and high customer expectation – businesses are striving to find new ways to stand out from the crowd and satisfy demanding end users.
Packaging has now become an integral part of the whole purchasing experience, and getting it right can be harder than it sounds.
Are you meeting your customers’ packaging expectations?
With ecommerce, there is no physical ‘shop’ in which customers can browse and pick their goods.In fact, their first physical interaction they will have with your company is when they receive the products. The packaging is the first thing your customers will see and touch – so first impressions count!
Your aim is to give your customers an enjoyable and memorable ‘unboxing experience’. This cannot be achieved by shipping goods in plain containers and drab boxes. It is crucial to put some creative thought into how the goods are sent out – even just a little splash of colour can go a long way.
Are you choosing the right kind of packaging for your products?
While presentation is essential-the goods need to arrive in the condition intended.Choosing the right type of packaging for the items you are sending to your customers is critical. Bubble wrap, for example, is ideal for fragile items such as glass, whereas shrink wrap can be used on CDs and DVDs. Wrappable packaging is also used when vacuum-packing goods. Depending on your product – postal boxes and tubes can also provide superb protective solutions.
Can the customer easily return items?
Returnable packaging can be adapted to include tear strips and adhesive strips to enable customers to return unwanted items. When the goods are received by the customer, the box is opened using the tear strip. If the customer wishes to return the goods, the adhesive strip (underneath the tear strip) can be used for repackaging. Making items easier to return and having a hassle-free returns solution keeps customers ordering!
For help in getting your packaging right and keeping things simple for your customer, talk to the team at Acopia who can help improve your processes and save you valuable time and money.
Loved by consumers as well as industry – the humble cardboard box still delivers! British online shoppers have a continuing love affair with cardboard and prefer to see their purchases being delivered in the much favoured corrugated cardboard box rather than polystyrene. Why? It is believed that cardboard offers better protection and is the easiest material to recycle according to research by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI).
Corrugated packaging is certainly going through something of a renascence with new data showing it to be the material of choice for food packaging on both a hygiene and protection level and the confirmation that it continues to deliver in cost, flexibility and recycling.
Corrugated cardboard is the packing material of choice for many brands and industries. Its high-tech construction ensures the material can carry a wide range of weights, protects against moisture and provides sustainable packaging solutions. Furthermore, corrugated cardboard is highly customizable and very cost-effective. As well as being flame resistant, it makes a great surface for bespoke printing.
In a recent survey, out of 2030 respondents, 40% thought that cardboard offered the best solution for their purchases to reach them in pristine condition. A whopping 85% of respondents also confirmed that agreed that cardboard was by far the easiest to recycle.
CPI’s Director Of Packaging Affairs Andy Barnetson stated “This latest survey indicating that consumers rate cardboard as the best protection for goods in transit is a really good result for the Corrugated Industry. It’s another poll that suggests cardboard packaging improves customer satisfaction with their purchases. I’m not surprised at the level of consumer support for ease of recycling. Awareness of the benefits of recycling cardboard is generally on the increase”
Consumers are demanding more from their online purchases, it not just about the product – it’s also about what the product arrives in. At Acopia, we specialise in ensuring packaging works for the consumer as well as the bottom line. Talk to us today for an informal chat to find out more about what we can do for your business.
When deciding upon the best protective packaging to suit your products, many factors need to be taken into consideration. Damage analysis is key to driving this decision – it’s not just about cost. Buying the cheapest solution can send costs rocketing elsewhere in the business, creating a costly false economy.
With a vast range of protective packaging now available such as air pillows, paper void and bubble wrap, procurement decisions can be purely based on lowest bought in costs without consideration of the possible monitary impact when something goes wrong.
Research showed that when an e-commerce retailer reviewed their secondary packaging with a view to reducing dimensional weight charges, this left them vulnerable to increased costs and more importantly reputational damage too. During this process, it was discovered that when they experienced damage through these cost cutting measures, it cost the company more than £240 each time it happened. This included the cost to replace the product, customer service support time, warehouse time to process the return and pick the replacement product and then the costs associated with dispatching the new product itself (packaging supplies and postage).
Reputation, reputation, reputation
The costs we have examined are the tangible costs in putting things right for a customer. However, there is much more at stake, the damage to the company’s reputation. Research shows that a massive 73% of consumers who receive a damaged shipment are unlikely to order from the same retailer again. This in effect becomes a lost customer and not only that, with the ever growing strength in social media ‘reviews’, this also becomes a huge PR headache on damage limitation.
Suddenly the few pounds saved on initial outlay on materials seems to pale into insignificance.
Streamlining and making processes efficient in all aspects is a must, but making the right choices is also needed when getting the balance right between cost savings and happy customers.
At Acopia, we pride ourselves when it comes to working with our clients to provide help, support and advice in making the right decisions. For a free protection packaging consultation – call the team now on 0845 075 6111, we would be delighted to assist.
It’s something we hear a lot – oh we didn’t realise we could get that from you. With over 4,000 products in stock, we are more then well placed to cater for all your Industrial Packaging requirements.
We have over 40 years of expertise gained through working collaboratively with our clients across multiple business sectors such as Aviation, Manufacturing & Engineering, Healthcare and E-commerce, we pride ourselves in being able to provide tailor made industry specific solutions.
Free Warehouse Facilities
Large, secure warehousing facilities and a responsive and dedicated team ensure your goods are delivered when and where you need them. Storing your products with us is free, saving your precious space and money finding your own storage solution.
Discover More At Acopia
With a huge inventory, we pride ourselves in being the Single Source provider for industry leading organisations. Businesses rely on us each day to supply their goods not for resale. Items such as warehouse essentials like lockers, recycling bins, safety signs and fire extinguishers. We can also supply branded workwear from a full range of items for your team.
We have a huge range of janitorial supplies as well as being able to support your staff catering requirements, as well as all the usual best sellers such as adhesive tape, cartons and an extensive range of protective packaging.
Supporting Your Logistics
We have an array of products and accessories to ensure your own product despatch goes smoothly and efficiently. High performance materials and the latest products help to streamline your processes, making them faster and cheaper.
Get our latest catalogue
You can view our range on line or request our latest catalogue to discover more of our products.
Call the team now on 0845 075 6111 and Discover More At Acopia!
Latest from the blog
- Are Acopia competitive for retail consumables?March 5, 2020 - 1:50 pm
- What are the eco-friendly alternatives to bubble wrap?February 14, 2020 - 1:44 pm
- How much would a new pallet wrap machine cost?February 12, 2020 - 2:19 pm
- Is my adhesive tape recyclable?January 29, 2020 - 8:40 am
- What are the pros and cons of having a single source supplier?January 9, 2020 - 4:15 pm
- What could go wrong with my shopfitting project?December 2, 2019 - 1:37 pm
- What’s up with BPA thermal till rolls? Legislation, alternatives, costs and more…November 27, 2019 - 12:10 pm
- How can I use my window display to get customers through the door?October 24, 2019 - 4:17 pm