Several factors need to be put into consideration if you would like to make the switch from one type of packaging, such as polythene bags, to another kind of packaging (wooden crates, for example). This article discusses some of the key considerations that you should have in mind before switching to timber packaging products.
The Cost Implication Cost factors should be looked at from several angles. For example, you should compare the cost of producing different packaging materials so that you select the most competitive product. Secondly, you should consider how the cost of producing the timber packaging products can be reduced. For instance, your cost analysis may reveal that outsourcing the production of those packaging products may result in lower costs when compared to making them in-house.
Customer Complaints and Damage Records You should also examine the records of damaged products as well as the complaints from your clients before you select a design for your timber packaging products. The information that you gather will help you to design a packaging product that will result in fewer client complaints or damaged goods. For example, high damage figures may prompt you to design a packaging product that is customised to the shape of your product. Such a packaging will prevent the item from being damaged due to fitting loosely.
Sustainability You should also consider environmental sustainability when designing your timber packaging materials. Select a design that makes the packaging material reusable. For instance, the packaging material can be made using fasteners that allow the empty packaging material to be folded and returned to your processing plant for reuse. This will reduce shipping costs for empty packaging materials. You will also spend less money to make new crates/boxes since the old ones will be in service for longer. This is in sharp contrast to designs that cannot allow the packaging material to be reused. For example, crates fastened with nails are hard to reuse once the nails are removed.
The packaging design that results from the considerations above should be tested thoroughly before it is rolled out for full implementation. In this way, you will be able to remove any kinks from the initial design before massive amounts of money are invested into the production of those timber packaging materials. It may also be advisable to involve a timber packaging expert in the design process so that you make fewer mistakes during this transition period.