Finding new ways to reduce BD&L and increase efficiency
As load containment failures lead to higher breakage, damage and loss (BD&L) levels, the initial response is often to “wrap it a few more times.” That increases material costs and labor inefficiencies, and even creates extra waste for downstream supply chain partners. Often overlooked, the construction of your primary packaging, pallet layout and warehouse environment all play a role in the overall structural integrity of unitized loads
Bubble Wrap® is an incredible packaging product—versatile and protective, it’s perfect for blocking and bracing, interleaving or as a low-cost void fill.
But when you take it out of the box, it’s just as magical. Who doesn’t love popping those bubbles? Looking beyond entertainment and stress relief, Bubble Wrap® has some surprising real-world uses.
The packaging equipment you choose can make or break your packaging – and even your product. So how do you know when it’s time for an upgrade?
“There are key signs that indicate it is time to evaluate the situation,” says Julius Little, Director, Equipment and Load Containment Solutions with Veritiv.
1) Your packaging equipment is antiquated and challenging to maintain, and may even pose a safety risk.
2) Your business is rapidly growing, and your equipment simply can’t keep up with demand or production needs.
Retailers may be the driving force behind retail-ready packaging (RRP), but brand owners and manufacturers are uncovering ways to boost sales and brand recognition through product packaging designed to be quickly stocked and attract consumers.
How composite materials are driving the need for new manufacturing and packaging solutions.
In aerospace, one material innovation can save money, reduce waste and even help improve safety. However, it also creates new manufacturing and packaging considerations. Case in point: carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
If you’re Boll & Branch – a high-end e-commerce company offering luxury bedding and towels – it’s not only a requirement, but core to the brand.
We teamed up with the high-end e-tailer on a gift box re-design. The previous design consisted of corrugated with a two-sided rollover and litho print on the inside. Kraft paper was used as filler around the gift boxes.
Boll & Branch sought out an improved structural package design, but also one that spoke to the brand’s core values of natural, high end, and sustainable. So our designers got to work.
Packaging equipment is not just for large companies. Smaller, more nimble companies are using semi- and fully-automated packaging solutions to meet growing sales and customer demands. In a short time period, the equipment investment can deliver measurable ROI and contribute to a more efficient operation. Why are more and more companies (both large and small) interested in packaging equipment solutions? Here are five key benefits: 1. Increase capacity, productivity and throughput 2. Maximize product containment and protection during transportation and warehousing 3.
In the past, packaging was often considered a last-minute process before products went to market. It was part of shipping, plain and simple. But today, innovative companies are making it part of the product development process, moving packaging design and manufacturing up the planning ladder.
Why? Strategic packaging can save manufacturers big money.
The global packaging market is rapidly expanding, expected to reach $975 billion this year, with sales concentrated in Asia.* Manufacturing products overseas can help you meet customer demand and reduce per-unit costs, but it can also put your product quality, customer experience, brand and profitability at risk. To avoid this, consider these guidelines from our experts.
1. BE SURE TO GET THE PRODUCTS YOU PAY FOR
Let’s face it – we all love Bubble Wrap ®, especially when we’re popping it. Enjoy these fun facts below!
1. Bubble Wrap® was originally invented as wallpaper
Fifty years ago, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes created three-dimensional wallpaper from sealed air pockets between shower curtains. They thought people would love the groovy design, but Bubble Wrap’s destiny was function over form. A great packaging material was born.
2. Popping Bubble Wrap® relieves stress