Any company that sells packaged products will know the challenges that accompanying the quest to make the packaging process both sustainable and affordable.
Unless the business is small and its packaging needs minimal, there will likely come a time when it makes sense to automate in-house packaging.
Many small to medium business owners and operators realize that packing products by hand is inevitably adding to expenditure, and they know that automated packaging can be more efficient. Ultimately automated packaging can cut down on both material and labor costs, streamlining the operation and impacting positively on the bottom line of the business.
But it isn’t that simple.
The problem is that the packaging equipment needed to automate in-house packaging is expensive to buy and sometimes very costly to run, particularly in the early days when staff have to be trained. For this reason, a growing number of manufacturing businesses are turning to specialist contract packaging services to do the job for them.
A contractor that provides automated packaging services has a commitment to make the most of the investment involved in purchasing expensive packaging equipment. That’s the equipment they have already bought.
By outsourcing the packaging function, and effectively partnering with a reputable contract packaging services provider, a smaller manufacturing business can focus on the other aspects of a business required to grow the operation.
This doesn’t mean automated in-house packaging will never be the best option for the business, it just means it probably isn’t the right choice right now. That said, some packaging service providers will operate automated packaging equipment on their clients’ own premises, so they technically can automate in-house packaging operations with another company’s contract packaging services.
The Sphere of Contract Packaging Services
Like all types of business, those offering packaging services have varied offerings, from simple tasks to highly complex operations in shipping fulfillment services. Some allow you to cherry-pick the packaging services you want to use.
Technik Packaging Services offers everything from sourcing, assembly, and both manual and automated packaging, to fulfillment and e-commerce. Within each part of the process there are options too.
If automated packing is the route you want to go, the company can utilize one of its existing in-house lines, or develop a custom solution for the products to be packaged. Automated packaging options are vast and varied, and include primary packaging as well as secondary packaging within bags, bottles, cartons and so on. Once packaged, the goods can be shipped directly to retailers, or to customers’ distribution centers. Technik will even distribute packages directly to individual clients.
Industries That Benefit From Automated Contract Packaging Services
Just about any industry that packages products for distribution and sale will benefit from automated contract packaging services, and also from shipping fulfillment services. These include:
- Consumer products, from cleaning supplies to cosmetics
- Food and beverage of every possible type
- Industrial products that have special challenges
- Pet foods, including vacuum packing and packaging in rigid containers
- Powder products, of variable types, some of which are edible
If you’d like to discuss how Technik Packaging Services can help your business automate in-house or contract packaging, contact us today for a chat and quotation.