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.

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The arrival of Autumn brings with it the signal that retailers should be well on the way to preparing for the busiest quarter of the year. With the next day and even same day delivery culture driving the pace, retailers will be ensuring they have the resources in place to meet demand. The next 3 months are critical as it provides the best opportunity to make a huge impact on sales with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the run up to Christmas just around the corner.

2018 made for challenging trading conditions on the high street as online sales continue to take the lead. A staggering 87% of retail purchases have been made online so far this year (grocery shopping not included).  This is an increase of over 9% growth from 2017. Royal Mail attribute this increase to consumers consistently pursuing value for money – i.e the cheapest price for the product they want. Retailers need to ensure they are agile enough to respond to this ever changing landscape and buying behaviour and ready to meet demand. So the question is – are you peak season ready? Are you aligned to seize opportunities and make the most of the final quarter in 2018?

Get Peak Season Ready!

One challenge at this time of year for retailers supporting an omni-channel approach amid the rush to get orders out, is ensuring the protective packaging strategy is in place. Keeping customer returns due to damaged deliveries to a minimum during this window of opportunity is crucial. Getting this wrong results in an impact on resource across the whole logistics operation resulting in re-processing and increased despatch costs when goods have to be replaced. Tying up staff at this this busy time of year with additional and needless processing can also have a knock on effect on other existing orders, resulting in potentially late deliveries.

Whether the operation involves a click and collect service in-store or direct delivery – the logistical costs pale into insignificance compared to the cost of reputational and brand damage with disappointed customers.

Things to think about right now!

  1. Work with a packaging expert who can advise you on the best packaging solutions for your products. They will understand what it takes to get your product through the rigors of shipping, arriving unscathed using the most cost effective materials. There are time and cost savings to be had here when you work with a trusted industry expert.
  2. Worst case scenario planning can keep you head and shoulders above competitors. Share with your customers your plans where you can and invite feedback. Build this into your planning and feel confident in your resulting solutions.
  3. Automate where you can – a great deal of your protective packaging and strapping processes can be automated, allowing you to choose from various eco – friendly options. Any part of the packing process can be automated, allowing you to free up valuable resource. Again, your trusted packaging partner can advise on the very best solutions for your needs.

If you need support in ensuring your products arrive in pristine condition, get in touch with our friendly team who can offer a free and no obligation review so you can get the very best returns this festive season!

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Today packaging is the combination of science, art and technology of protection, storage and distribution. It’s a multi-million pound industry which involves marketing, design, material testing, user experience, market research, packaging engineering, compliance and shipping. Packaging’s function to protect contents is also leveraged to sell product. It’s been quite a journey from the earliest known form of packaging which were made from natural materials such as leaves and weaved grasses. It’s interesting to see that we have today come full circle, given all the different materials available on the market today, as consumers have become increasingly discerning with a desire for packaging materials from natural and sustainable sources.

Packaging – the early years!

Glass bottle packaging

Glass bottle packaging

Paper is the oldest re-shapeable packaging material. Mulberry tree barks were used in China in the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C to wrap food with paper making techniques improving during the following 1500 years and transported to the Middle East. It is thought that glass and wood packaging have been used for over 5000 years with the emergence of glass storage “pots” being used in Ancient Egypt. In 1823 a patent was awarded for the first example of metal packaging and as we moved into the 1900’s – paper and cardboard began to increase in popularity until plastic appeared on the scene.

Modern Day Materials

General use of plastics in packaging really came into it’s own after World War 2 (even though it was first conceived in 1838). Polythene was used in abundance during the war and quickly established a market for numerous applications. Consumers would have seen their wax paper used in bread packaging replaced by plastic. The growth in plastic packaging increased dramatically from the 1970’s.

Packaging today

Modern premium packaging

Modern premium packaging

With today’s technology and conditions, we have  materials have been replaced by more suitable and economic materials such as glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard. During those years packaging was used only for transport and storage, but with these new materials it also became an opportunity for advertising and promotion, and suddenly found itself part of marketing policy. Packaging and design creates the distinction between the same type of products sitting side by side on shelves.

So fast forward to today and our on demand world of ecommerce – with the new focus on packaging with process optimisation alongside brand development.  Bespoke branding on packaging becomes of increasing importance for online retailers with the absence of ‘customer contact’. Customer experience has become the new buzz word with brands leveraging every opportunity to stand out in the crowd -packaging has taken centre stage with product promotion in today’s visual world.

If you would like to talk through your ideas about taking your packaging and branding to the next level, we would love to hear from you.  We have over 40 years of experience – so why not get in touch with our friendly team who would be delighted to hear all about your project! We offer a free non-obligation packaging and process review to help your business to successfully navigate through the maze of choice and options available on the market today – and what’s right for your brand.

 

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It’s not often a product comes along that completely transforms a way of working that has been common place for years. A way of working that has been cumbersome, onerous and inefficient with associated risks involved. The strength of this new product is in its simplicity, new GripFilm has totally revolutionised the pallet despatch process in terms of time, efficiency and process. We take a closer look at the amazing business benefits this ingenuous little product has to offer!

Take control with GripFilm

Person holding GripFilm with one fingerGrip film applicator and roll of filmGrip film is action at the base of a pallet

There many reasons to consider the GripFilm system. This is a great product to hold and use and it quickly becomes apparent just how many benefits this delivers. Straight away, the film application process is faster and safer. The user can walk forwards around the pallet making it secure very quickly. It completely avoids the user putting themselves in danger walking backwards around the pallet as with traditional applicators. This is so important in a busy warehouse where Health and Safety is of paramount importance. It also eliminates the user from bending over in an effort to stablise the very bottom of the load, the applicator does this effortlessly.

Not only is the applicator lightweight resulting on much faster wrapping, the longer pre-stretched film means fewer roll changes.  Gaining a significant reduction in down time means more pallets prepared for despatch faster!

Reducing single use plastic

If you are a company that is concerned with reducing its single use plastics dependency, then this delivers a great alternative to traditional pallet wrap film. A high performance film at just 6-9 microns will out perform traditional film at much higher microns. The result? Less film usage!  Our own testing showed up to an 80% reduction in use which is great news for environmental concerns – and your pocket! With less film required, this also helps with a reduced carbon footprint and the associated distribution costs.

Fast, Safe and Efficient

We know that this product is perfect for your busy warehouse. If you would like one of our team to show you how this would work for your operation, we would be delighted to show you a quick no obligation demonstration. You can see for yourself the amazing cost savings and efficiencies that are to be made.

Just complete the form below, telling us a little bit about your current set-up, and we will be glad to come and see you.

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It’s been a long hard struggle to bring your new product to market and customers love your ‘next big thing’ but has your packaging been an afterthought? Will you be able to despatch safely? Will it reflect your brand? Will it engage your customers? Getting the packaging right for any product is so crucial to its continued success. We take a look at what you need to consider before your launch.

What your product needs – what your customer will love

Your product will have specific packaging requirements to ensure it is kept looking its best during its lifestyle as well as appealing to your demographic. The packaging should fit the product, not the other way round. Compromising on the packaging will damage your brand – as well as potentially your product! How will your product be shipped? Will it need to fight for attention in a store? Well designed packaging will need to consider all aspects of the journey post-production.

Will the packaging attract the customer when browsing online or in-store? Will they find it appealing? Does it reflect the brand? Does it pitch the product correctly in the price bracket? Is the packaging suited to the product? Can your potential customer be influenced into buying on the strength of the packaging?

Work with a partner

Packaging

Packaging

Taking a product to market can be overwhelming and mistakes costly. Working with a trusted partner can help you navigate around a maze of potential pitfalls. From helping you to optimise your packaging line as well as ensuring product delivery in perfect condition using the most efficient methods and materials available – an industry expert can save you time and money getting your products to market quicker or improving your operation for existing products.

Creating a special un-boxing experience will also be important for delighting your customer base to developing loyal repeat purchases and extend the essence of your brand right down in those finishing touches. It’s an opportunity for clever messaging, unexpected use of colour and a chance to make a brand connection.

At Acopia, we have over 42 years of experience in helping brands take product to market with expert industry advice gained by working with diverse products and sectors.

If you require advice on your next big thing – give our friendly team a call!

£133 billion was spent on online shopping last year and as consumers continue to embrace this change in their purchasing habits, seeking out convenience and the ‘next-day’ delivery promise, many online retailers are playing catch up optimising their protective packaging strategies.

Online retailers are often criticised for excessive packaging in the pursuit to getting their products to their customers in pristine condition. Research shows that consumers can be brutal in their decision making after receiving damaged goods. 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 as far as damage limitation is concerned. It’s easy to see why retailers are keen to avoid this scenario, however, by not getting their protective packaging properly optimised for their specific products creates the on-going issue of unnecessary packaging.

With the spotlight on the environment and with consumers making decisions based on a company ethics and social responsibility – the retailer is faced with a challenge in finding that all important balance in recycling, re-use and reduction expectations, as well as getting goods delivered intact. According to a recent survey*, more than 70% of consumers think retailers use too much packaging for online orders, creating an extra one million metric tonnes of waste every year. That’s a staggering figure and really shows that consumers expect and demand more sustainable and environmental action. It also revealed that 66% of consumers had received their order and the protective packaging was much bigger than the actual item. This is a complaint that is often aired on countless un-boxing videos on You Tube with consumers again highlighting that retailers need to do more.

58% felt the excessive packaging was often difficult to open and once finally inside their parcel, found the internal packaging difficult to dispose of responsibly. 62% agreed that they would think more of the brand or retailer if they did more to address these issues.

Getting The Balance Right

There are a few simple steps that can be put in place to ensure the Retailer can delight their customers again and again with successful deliveries of undamaged goods, as well as refining or optimising the packaging used. Getting the right protective packaging for the product is absolutely vital in reducing waste, getting the right sized packaging and helping the consumer to recycle more. This will result in not only a cost reduction for the retailer but also happier customers who appreciate the efforts being made.

Talking to industry experts in protective packaging can really help an e-commerce operation optimise process, materials and costs. At Acopia, we have over 40 years experience in helping our customers achieve just that. Why not put us to the test and talk to the team today as we head towards the busy peak season.

 

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Choosing the perfect packaging for your product is as important as your product and your product design itself. Packaging that is both consumer friendly, cost effective and has the protection capabilities you require can be difficult to source.

Our quick tips can help you focus on how to determine what’s right for you!

Set Your Budget

Before you even start your selection process, you need to think about how much you are planning to spend on protecting your product. Once you have defined a cost, this will determine what options are open to you in terms of materials, the quality of the packaging and if there is money to spend on printing or making the most of bespoke opportunities.

Think About Your Product

You will also need to consider your product. Would it be vulnerable in minimal protective packaging? Is it fragile and easy to crush? If the answer is yes – you will need to think about a more robust material to keep it safe in transit. If your product is food produce, for example, you will need to think about the best packaging methods and materials that will keep your food fresh and prevent contamination.

How Are You Transporting Your Product?

How your is being stored and transported is another area for consideration. Will it be through the post, courier or air freight for example? Will it need to be stored in a freezer or temperature controlled conditions? Will your chosen packaging be robust enough to withstand this duress. You may need to invest in testing your packaging in these environments to ensure it can still perform.

Does It Reflect Your Brand?

Finally, does your packaging reflect your product and your brand? If your company core value is in support of the environment, you will need to make sure your packaging is recyclable – customers and end users would expect to see this. Your brand values should not just be empty words – it’s the foundation of your company and product line.

Maybe what you require is not an off the shelf product and you need some help in an innovative packaging design and functionality. The team at Acopia are here to guide you through the journey, working collaboratively with you to define and source, test and create the best packaging for your product.

For the most part, an online retailer is able to control their customer’s experience of their brand. They can position and target their image through advertising, social media, the website and customer service – all the usual touch points. However, once the product has left the retailer – the safe delivery is entrusted not only to the shipping agent, but also in the capabilities of your protective packaging.

Delivery can make or break retailers. The wrong agent can result in a poor customer experience that reflects poorly on the retailer. The customer is left asking the question “Why would my favourite shoe shop use such an appalling delivery service? This poor business decision was based purely on cost, rather than fulfilling on their promise to me”.

Meeting Expectations

As ecommerce goes from strength to strength, so does the expectations of online customers. Many years ago, packaging and shipping was just a way of receiving a product purchased online. How that’s all changed! It’s now all part of the shopping experience. With ever increasing competition, retailers and marketeers are looking for ways to packaging to connect with their customers which goes far beyond the simple logistics of on-time delivery in effective yet boring protective packaging. Its has become an opportunity to impress as well as playing a vital role in securing customer loyalty.

Setting Out Your Stall

Packaging and presentation is an effective way to make your deliveries memorable and anticipated. Get this right and your own customers will do your marketing for you! With the power of social media – the new un-boxing phenomena is sweeping You Tube with over 58 million un-boxing videos posted so far. Those personal touches and finishing details can make a lasting impression – and turn you into a You Tube sensation!

If you would like to find out more about secure delivery as well as personalising your packaging and making the most of your brand experience with your customers, talk to the experts at Acopia.

In today’s busy world where advertising permeates in every area of life, customer loyalty can be transient and fleeting. There is always the next big product or seeming innovation – can you hold and secure customer attention? What is the advantage today in a customer sticking with one brand or retailer? Much better to shop around?

Companies invest heavily in marketing and reward schemes to secure that all important customer loyalty, but one powerful weapon in the armory is the power of packaging. Whether it’s etail or retail, packaging can play an integral role in connecting with the customer.

How successful brands use packaging

Many of the most iconic brands understand the power of packaging and how it supports that ‘premium’ message. Apple are famous for their stunning products, encased in equally breath taking packaging. Its synonymous with quality, expertise, innovation and confidence. Amazing Apple packaging is now a customer expectation when purchasing the latest product. Building that kind of customer expectation around your brand takes time and and investment.

Form and Function

Not only does it have to look good – packaging needs to do its job too. Whether it’s being displayed or dispatched, packaging has to protect the product. Poor packaging can dent your brand as well as your products! You also want your customer to find you on the shelf – are you creating ‘brand real estate’ with your product in-store?

Does it support you brand?

Making a personal connection with your customer is key. Whether it is was with branded ribbons or tape or a bespoke luxury bag – it all add up to the brand experience. Think again of the elegant and sophisticated bags that comes with Apple products – they are a pure extension of the brand!

Making it work

With 58.4 million unboxing videos on You Tube – packaging is right up there in the customer’s psyche!  Here are some ideas to create loyalty with packaging:

  1. Reward for re-using – consumers are keen to play there part in recycling and re-purposing and appreciate brands that so the same
  2. Custom Packaging – let consumers choose from packaging options, especially fun if it is a gift
  3. A personalised thank you – this is such a simple and easy thing to do which is such an appreciated added extra

These all play a role in brand adoption and maybe your product will be the next “as seen on You Tube” with a delighted consumer!

The way we buy things is changing. The increasing trend of online shopping has altered the retail landscape forever. Many retailers are looking for ways to continue to engage with their customers in their bricks and mortar set-ups  (local store offers, click and collect facilities) whilst supporting the convenience of internet shopping with their online counterpart. The multi-channel approach is now a must.

Whether customers elect to shop online and collect in store of have their purchases delivered home, there is one thing they will have in common -packaging! As always, packaging’s most important role is protection. However, packaging performs lots of other roles including carrying information, marketing the product, enabling handling, storage and use of goods. Consumers assume that goods and food will reach them undamaged and in perfect condition. The fact that packaging has helped ensure this is not always obvious. Consumers only tend to notice protective packaging once something has gone wrong!
Effective packaging = Environmental Sustainability

Companies that continually monitor their use of packaging can achieve savings, make supply chains more sustainable and reduce environmental impacts. Companies that can demonstrate attention to environmental factors with their customers will stand them in good stead as recycling and responsible use of resources is very much in sharp focus. There are many things that can be easily implemented that can have an immediate impact on cost and benefits to the environment.

– Can the retail pack be simplified for home delivery?
– Are there alternative delivery systems or packaging options that reduce impacts and costs?
– Is there a place of re-usable packaging
– Can the outer dimensions be improved to improve pallet fill?
– Are the materials being used certified as ‘sustainable’
– Is the packaging designed according to good practice for recycling?

Reassessing your current processes and practices or asking an industry expert for a packaging review can pay dividends. At Acopia, we can provide a complete assessment of your supply chain to understand where cost savings and efficiencies can be made.

Speak to the team today and request your FREE packaging review.

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.

With Valentine’s Day behind us now as we move from February to March, the next thing Retail will be gearing up for is Mother’s Day. This year, it will falls on Sunday 11th March. Last year, the UK spent a whopping £1.4 billion on Mother’s Day gifts so it’s big business.  On average we will spend over £58 each on gifts, cards and flowers. It does not stop there with purchases of over £465 million expected on on health and beauty products and £65 million on chocolates. Overall 60% of Brits will spend money celebrating Mother’s Day.

It’s a huge opportunity for Retailers to secure revenue after a challenging start to the year. With an estimated £260 million being spent in the UK this year in just the 4 days prior to Mothering Sunday, are you ready for the demand?

Mother's Day

How retailers can make the most of Mother’s Day

According to research from retail and shopper marketing agency Savvy, Mother’s Day offers retailers a great opportunity to inspire shoppers and increase sales, and many purchases will be last minute to retailers should expect a late surge in shoppers:

– 28% of shoppers said they tend to trade up to buy more expensive food and drinks on the day
– 37% of shoppers want ideas for presents – and to be inspired
– 27% of shoopers thought dedicated aisles just for Mother’s Day purchases would be helpful

 

Morrisons supermarket introduce Mums-only check outs.

Morrisons discovered that 37% of Mums visit a supermarket on Mother’s Day to do their weekly shop – so these Mother’s Day friendly lanes across their 491 stores will make the whole experience so much nicer. Each Mum will also receive a pink Gerbera flower as a thank you for shopping with them – what a brilliant way for a retailer to engage with their loyal customers and create new ones too!

Get ready for the rush!

For e-commerce, it’s a necessity to manage your packaging levels to ensure smooth despatch. Here are 4 tips to keep you and your customer smiling this Mother’s Day

  1. Work with a packaging expert who can advise you on the best packaging solutions for your products. They will understand what it takes to get your product through the rigors of shipping, arriving unscathed using the most cost effective materials. There are time and cost savings to be had here when you work with a trusted industry expert.
  2. Huge shopping events such as Mother’s Day can see unprecedented spikes in orders.  Staying efficient during peak times like this is critical for both your loyal customers as well as new ones.
  3. Worst case scenario planning can keep you head and shoulders above competitors. Share with your customers your plans where you can and invite feedback. Build this into your planning and feel confident in your resulting solutions.
  4. Automate where you can – a great deal of your protective packaging and strapping processes can be automated. Again, your trusted packaging partner can advise on the very best solutions for your needs.

For support and advice on all your packaging and warehousing needs, speak to the team at Acopia.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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You can view our range on line or request our latest catalogue to discover more of our products.
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Two key areas of industry are being to predicted at the forefront of demand in the year ahead. Food and e-commerce have been highlighted in a recent report that will see huge development and growth. New technology will be seen to hold the key to enabling much of the progress in 2017.

Educating the consumer – reducing food waste

Food waste is a global issue which needs tackling on many levels. Consumer education is seen as pivotal in understanding shelf life to avoid costly unnecessary waste. Packaging technology is continuing to develop to preserve goods for longer. Innovation in this area will see freshness sensors built into the packaging to actually alert consumers letting them know when the contents are safe to consume, eliminating early disposal. In the light of consumer criticism of excessive food packaging, especially for fruit and vegatables, this introduction is sure to be a big hit in the supermarket.

The continuing rise of e-commerce

The real impact of e-commerce on packaging will be seen in the area of secondary and tertiary packaging. This brings with it issues around speed and flexibility of packing equipment as well as the durability, size and sustainability of the shipping carton. The need for improved technology is required to meet demand as well as being able to maintain quality control.

Other questions being asked would be; can the retail pack be simplified for delivery, are there alternative delivery systems that can reduce impact and cost, is there a role for re-usable packaging, is the pack designed for ease of handling and opening, how to deal with complex and a variety of orders.

Working in Partnership to deliver

At Acopia, we believe in a collaborative approach to delivering scalable packaging solutions for our clients. Whether these include the latest technological advancements, helping business best practice or an outside the box solution – we would be delighted to help.

Call 0845 075 6111 for for a FREE packaging audit and we can work with you to make 2017 your strongest ever.

 

 

 

 

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) occurs when a simple movement is repeated again and again. Usually this is associated with work but can also affect those with hobbies or who play sports.

RSI is a very painful problem and is often difficult to treat adaquatley, expecially if the problem is caused by a work based activity. RSI usually involves the upper limbs – affecting the muscles, soft tissue and tendons. It differs from a sudden injury because it is caused by long-term strain on the muscles and that means it can cause problems for much longer.

Typical symptoms includes pain and numbness, tingling, coldness and loss of feeling – not ideal in a busy working environment such as a warehouse or packing line.

RSI costs employers almost £300 million per year in lost working time, sick pay and administration with each person taking on average 13 days off sick, resulting in over 4.7 million working days lost a year* – however RSI is usually preventable with simple measures.

Employers can make a big difference to the health of their workers while at the same time improving the productivity and profits of their business. At Acopia, we are delighted to announce an innovation for packing lines and packaging departments – a revolution in the form of ZEROTAPE, a new Packaging Tape System that was designed specifically with the user in mind.

Less Operator Strain with ZEROTAPE!

The position of the handle has been engineered to decrease the strain to the wrist. Strategically placed, the handle minimises the wrist movement and creates an all round comfortable procedure, which will help strain relief, bringing comfort for long term use and creating health benefits.

Another great feature on the handle is the ventilation holes, which decreases the amount of sweat produced – promoting less tension to the hand with less product slippage.

One of the breakthrough moments for ZEROTAPE was understanding the relationship between the core of the device and the handle. The weight distribution for the user was changed, therefore if you are using ZEROTAPE on a day to day basis the strain on the wrist is decreased vastly.

In addition to this is the added benefit that each roll is length is 160 meters – nearly 100 meters longer than standard tape lengths. This all adds up to fewer roll changes resulting in more boxes being packed each with with less operator strain!

Get you hands on ZEROTAPE with our fantastic introductory offer!

We are sure the many benefits of using ZEROTAPE are very clear and we would like to fast track your company to reduced costs, increased productivity and a happier workforce.

We are delighted to bring you a great deal on your first order of 3 cases of ZEROTAPE by including a FREE dispenser worth £22.75!

To find out more and to get your hands on a FREE dispenser – call the team now on 0845 075 6111

ZEROTAPE – changing the world of packaging.

 

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It was 1924 when the very first adhesive tape was invented, followed 8 years later by the first counter top tape dispenser. It was a hefty 7 pounds in weight and 10 years later, the first hand held dispenser became available.

Though the adhesive tape itself has seen many changes in terms of size, materials and finishes, the dispenser itself has seen far fewer modifications, with the design and mechanism remaining much the same – until now that is!

Nearly 80 years on, the tape dispenser has been redefined and reimagined for the 21st Century – with the comfort and welfare of the user key to the design, as well as a focus on delivering tangible cost savings.

ZEROTAPE was born!

Marginal Gains

Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first ever British cyclist to claim the coveted Maillot Jaune.

Now here is where the inspiration comes in. His success was reportedly down to the team’s application of the theory of aggregation of marginal gains. Team Sky performance director explains it passionately as “the 1% margin for improvement in everything you do”.

The belief was that if you improved every area related to cycling by just 1% then those small gains would add up to a remarkable improvement. He was right and the subsequent success proved the theory.

The product designers at ZEROTAPE looked at where they could make those marginal gains, modifying form and function to deliver:

Improved operator comfort
Increased system performance
Reduction in weight
Reduction in noise
Optimisation of the interface between tape and cardboard box

The ZEROTAPE packing system offers a host of benefits compared to traditional tapes and dispensers:

Ergonomic

The handle is strategically positioned to minimize strain on the wrist. It is also much lighter and therefore easier to handle, reducing the risk of RSI.

Clickable Loading

No down time trying to figure out which way to fit the tape; the roll reassuringly clicks into place when loaded correctly, eliminating entry failure and saving time.

Economic

Longer rolls at 160 metres, approximatley over 100 metres longer than standard rolls, as well as being lighter and stronger.

Increased Productivity

With fewer roll changes and longer tape length – this all adds up to more boxes being packed each day. This results in year on year increased production capacity.

Take a look at this quick video to understand more about this exciting new concept:

 

 

If you would like to know more about what ZEROTAPE could do for your business, please contact the team at Acopia on 0845 075 6111 – we would love to let you know about this unique product.

Start a packing revolution in your warehouse!

 

 

 

2017 is being predicted to be the year to see the biggest shift away from the high street so far. We saw this in post Christmas sales with empty high streets but on-line retailers were busier than ever.

With some on-line giants now offering same day delivery, the high street is losing some of its appeal. The convienence of shopping at home and being able to effortlessly compare products and prices has become the new shopping habit.

2016 saw on-line sales in retail of over £91 billion and 30% of all shopping in the UK is now done via e-commerce. The way we shop and access products has changed forever and retailers have a challenge on their hands to meet and exceed customer expectations to match their bricks and mortar counterparts.

The 2016 Deloitte Retail Sales Survey found that 71% of consumers stated that free shipping was a distinct advantage when purchasing on-line. The final delivery is of huge importance to the savvy shopper – they want their products delivered on-time and undamaged. Retailers need to balance efficient deliveries to streamline costs and overheads as well as retaining customers with products arriving in pristine condition.

Getting this wrong can be costly. The power of social media and user experience of brands and products can make or break. Consumers are much less influenced by paid media, preferring to listen to peers and associates. This social influence is the new mechanism for product and brand review. The new camera for a birthday present arriving damaged is a headache and a disapointment for the consumer and could potentially stop a future sale. Poor protective packaging reflects badly on the retailer as it is seen by the consumer as lacking in care and attention to detail.

Working with a packaging partner who can assess individual packaging needs can ensure you are cost efficient and using the right packaging for the right products, supporting a great consumer experience and future sales.

Why not speak to our team about a product packaging review and let us work with you to ensure you are cost effective as well as ticking all the right boxes with your customers!

Looking to make a great start to 2017? Reducing business costs will no doubt be high on your list of resolutions.

A simple product change to your existing supply chain can yield staggering savings both in productivity and cost.

The humble reel of adhesive tape has been re-imagined and transformed to deliver tangible business benefits.

How it can work for your business

The clever bit is in the revolutionery redesign of the size of the core. So simple, yet this change has the power to transform the bottom line.

In  a recent study, a packing line was using standard tape, 66mm rolls fitted on a core size of 75mm. Each operator would replace the tape every 39 boxes, on average. What this meant was every 16 minutes, the roll needed to be changed. That’s a great deal of down time over a day, a week, a year – it all adds up.

When e-tape was introduced to this company, the results were startling. The clever core design of 50mm came into its own. With an increased length of tape on each role due to the smaller core, it means each roll has two and a half times more tape on every reel!

What did this mean? For this particular company – it saved 45,000 roll changes in 12 months!

 

What did it mean everyday for the packing line? The rolls only needed to be changed 9 times instead of 20 times a day – which meant the operator could pack up to 10 more boxes a day.

So much more than a roll of tape!

So not only can cost savings be found, there are also the storage benefits as less boxes are required. You can also do your bit for the environment too with an eco friendly variation. It’s also possible to have tape custom printed as well as the recognisable Fragile and Security Seal.

Still need convincing?

Acopia are delighted to bring you this incredible product and we have an excellent offer to get you started. We are so convinced your team will love using this product and that it will deliver real benefits that we offer a FREE product trial – just call us on 0845 075 6111 to find out more. We also offer FREE dispensers on your first order.

Call the team now to start saving!

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Whether you are dispatching the latest smart phone to your customers, distributing camera lenses to your retail outlets or sending replacement aviation parts to your logistics team – on the face of it they have nothing in common, in fact they do. They are high value items as well as being incredibly fragile and sensitive to compression, drop, vibration and shock.

So does your protective packaging pass your supply chain test or do you need something a little bit more specialist?
There is an innovative range of protective packaging available specifically designed with these high value items in mind. The JoeyPack range is the truly flexible solution which you can trust to keep your goods safe through the rigors of delivery.

Thoroughly tested and receiving resounding success in the Europe, Acopia are thrilled to be able to offer this in the UK. With 5 packaging innovations in the range – there is Joey Pack solution just perfect for your needs.

The beauty of the range is that the packaging is both the internal protection as well as the shipping box – created after simple assembly. This delivers savings across a whole range of your overheads – transport, storage, productivity and time savings, additional protective packaging, the list goes on.

The range includes retention packaging with crash lock bases and quick fastening that avoids gluing and adapts perfectly around product.
Stretch packaging creates compartments where manuals, remote controls or cabling can be held securely along with the product. This can fit a wide range of components and the stretch film protects corrosion sensitive products.

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The Swift solution is the all in one retention packaging which packs around your product in 6 easy steps and is ready to ship in 10 seconds. It also has its own integral sealing and can even be recycled by the recipient!

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The Sling is the suspension packaging answer for heavy goods up to 35kg. Assembled in 4 easy steps and the product is securely ‘clamped’ in place and surrounded by a protective stretch film.

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The Safe option offers extraordinary protection against shock and vibrations. 6 easy steps and fragile circuit boards and electronics are protected in this lightweight and robust solution.

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The Special offers complete protection for laptops, plasma and LCD screens and panels, up to 50kg in weight. Drop tested to UPS standards, the Special offers incredible protection as well as reducing costs on storing and shipment.

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Why not talk to us at Acopia about selecting the best packaging solutions from the innovative Joey range for your products so you can enjoy cost reductions and peace of mind too.