The packaging industry is incredibly dynamic and growing exponentially, with many small and medium businesses opting to outsource their packaging needs to specialists.
Basically a well-established, reputable product packaging company will help businesses ensure quality while minimizing costs and completing jobs on budget and on time. The business gets to decide whether to automate packaging or use a manual product packaging service.
Many businesses opt to outsource because they specifically want automation systems to speed up the packaging operation, but they don’t want to invest in their own equipment. Others want to stick with manual product packing, but recognize the value and benefits of a specialist packaging company doing the work for them.
While automating packaging can speed up the operation and cut down on labor costs, ultimately improving the bottom line, automation does have a few downsides.
Disadvantages of Automated Product Packaging vs Manual Packing
Generally it is cheaper to pack manually if the business has low volumes or short runs. If products or their components are inconsistent in size and/or shape, or manual skills are required, it’s usually best to stick with manual packing rather than trying to automate the task. Linked to this, there are some tasks that cost more to automate than to do manually, even when you are outsourcing the job to a product packaging company.
Businesses that decide to switch from in-house manual packing to an automated process face high initial investments in the form of machinery and ongoing in-house maintenance. While this is not a factor for manual packing, one of the benefits of using manual product packaging companies is that they handle all the costs of packing, including labor. Of course the business has to pay for the service, but by outsourcing, they are able to concentrate on improving products and expanding ranges, developing the business and maximizing return on investment.
What Manual Product Packing Companies Can Do
A good manual product packing company will offer a number of different solutions that enable businesses to protect products, distribute them safely, and market or promote them. Some will do the packaging at their own premises, while others will happily operate out of their client’s facility. Many offer both options.
In addition to actual hands-on packing, many manual product-packing companies will take on a much larger, more valuable role. For instance, they might offer to do assembly, receiving, logging, sorting and assembling of various components that need to be packed together. They might offer a fulfillment service that prepares and ships the orders your business receives. They might also offer a warehousing service so that you don’t have to worry about storage.
The best manual product packing companies will source the most suitable, affordable packaging materials for your business and sort insert and package graphics, labels and point-of-sale displays.
Another support system that might be offered is e-commerce that will enable the business to accept orders from their web site, even if stock is being held in their warehouse. So the order goes to business offering the product, and the manual product packing company does everything else.
Technik Packaging Services offers automated and manual packing for a range of industries including those that produce all kinds of consumer items, food and beverage, industrial products, powders and pet foods.
Whether you require custom-made or off-the-shelf packaging supplies, Technik Packaging Services has a variety of solutions that can be tailored to your needs. Contact our team of professionals to discuss how we can help you.