We are now almost a third of the way through the last quarter of 2019. After what has been a challenging year for retail, the high street must be holding it’s breath for the end of political turmoil to concentrate on the business of Christmas. Competition as fierce as always, getting customers through the door is key. So what has the biggest influence on footfall? Your window display! So how can you stand out in the crowd and engage with customers in the short moments it takes to walk passed your window? We take a look at some great things you could be thinking about to make the most of the next 2 months.

Know your customer

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Magic & Sparkle

Worried about being on trend? One thing that never goes out of style is a brand’s ability to capture the imagination and tell its story. Consider your customer’s aspirations and reflect this in your window. They need to identify with the story so it needs to be relatable and relevant.

Take a look at this window by Marks and Spencer, playing on their “festive brand alternative” that has become synonymous with Christmas. The window shows the mannequins have been transformed into fairies with their modern take on a winter wonderland. This window is sure to delight the die hard Marks & Spencer fan as well as being intriguing enough to attract new ones.

 

Eye level buy level

It makes sense to place the central element of your window display at eye level.  It makes it easier to have an instant impact on customers.  Over time, customers will look forward to seeing it when they pass by. If it is an example of clothing, it will need to inspire and cleverly sell a lifestyle rather than be seen as just a product. Again, it’s all about being engaging as well as relatable.

Clever retail

Trick or treat shop window display

Trick or treat window display

Visual merchandising is more important then ever with competition from on line as well as pop-ups and other shops on the high street. This brilliant shop window by Coles Hardware heralds the Trick or Treat season with a very clever display that cost less than $100. Humour can go a long way in capturing the imagination and getting customers through the door.

Ultimately your window display is your billboard. It’s all about creating drama, impact and the unexpected – and it doesn’t need always need big budgets!

 

 

 

Marks & Spencers photo by Millington Associates

Coles Department Store photo by Noelle Nicks

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With so many options on the market such as different pallet wrap film strengths and grades, hand and machine wrap options, blown or stretch film  – it can become pretty confusing.  You may also be looking for eco-friendly options with health and safety solutions as well as advice on how to be as efficient as possible with your pallet wrap.  This can have a huge impact on time and budget savings so there’s a lot at stake. So how can you really know which pallet wrap is the right one for your business? Let’s explore the options in detail.

Hand or machine pallet wrap?

This really comes down to the size of your business and what will be most cost effective, taking in consideration the trade off in staffing levels and labour time  versus mechanising this process. In a business where a low number of pallets are being wrapped each month, it makes sense to invest in a hand pallet wrap solution rather than the expense of machine wrap. But that’s not the end of the story! There are still plenty of opportunities to be had in terms of eco friendly options to reduce your single use plastic consumption as well as improving on health and safety in the warehouse. One such product is the Gripfilm system which boasts a whole range of features.

 

Making sense of pallet wrap

Making sense of pallet wrap

Slips and trips during the palletising process can be eliminated by this system as the user is able to work forwards around the pallet using the patented special dispenser. It promotes faster wrapping thus reducing the price per pallet in terms of reduced labour time. More than this though, Gripfilm has the capacity to reduce the cost per pallet even further as less film is needed. This is what is known in the industry as a high performance film when compared to ordinary stretch film as it much thinner. Using this could deliver a cost per pallet reduction of 40%. Something else to think about is if your operation is spread over a large area and you have lots of people picking and building orders for despatch, hand wrapping would be the preferred option. This will eliminate the travelling time to a machine wrapper and creating bottlenecks.

Time to automate?

If your business is wrapping and despatching over 15 pallets a day, it may be a good time to look at automation. There is lots of scope here to gain cost advantages based on the film and machinery used. How the machine is set up will have a huge impact on the amount of film used. The sweet spot is being able to use the least amount of film possible to stabilise the load. Getting the right machinery and the right film is critical and it may be a good time to call in some expert advice to get this optimally set up. There are many high performance films on the market which can deliver incredible results using minimal volume and therefore become eco-friendly options. Break through technologies in film materials allow for even further reduction of single use plastic consumption which improves your cost per pallet and green credentials.

Making sense of pallet wrap

To fully realise the true cost reducing potential of new pallet wrap materials and processes, why not get in touch for a completely free, no obligation review. We can provide a complete report on how and where you can save money from day 1.

 

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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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As the final quarter of a challenging year approaches, reducing business costs and delivering greater efficiencies in your warehouse will no doubt be high on your list of resolutions for 2019. Did you know that a simple product change to your existing despatch and logistics operation can yield staggering savings both in productivity and cost. The answer lies with e-tape! The humble reel of adhesive tape has been re-imagined and transformed to deliver real business benefits.

How e-tape can work for your business

The clever bit is in the revolutionary 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 observed using standard tape, 66 mm rolls fitted on a core size of 75 mm. 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 every day, every week, all year – it all added up.

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

The results!

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 etc.

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 that we have a special offer on your first order – just call us on 0845 075 6111 to find out more.

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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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