Packaging Options When Working with Third-Party Logistics Solutions
For companies that ship a considerable number of products, one area where they may be able to reduce expenses is in how they package their shipments. If you are considering rethinking packaging, a third-party logistics solution provider is a great place to start.
1. White Label Packaging
Standard packaging is typically white label packaging. This means that there is no branding on the packages. They are usually white and have a label that includes the recipient's address and the name and address of your business. Your customers will not know who your fulfillment partners are.
If you would like more control over how your products are packaged, you could choose prepackaging. You also have the option to customize your packaging and request that your third-party logistics partner customize your packaging for you. For example, you could supply the logo to the logistics partner and have the logo added to your package automatically.
3. Packaging Strategies
To package your product effectively, you'll need to gather data regarding the size, weight, and safety requirements of your packages. This information can assist your third-party logistics partner in determining the most efficient way that your product can be packaged. Make sure to know the type of materials needed to package your products and use these materials so that your personnel always has access to them when they need them. Then, there will be no reason to stop operations to wait for materials to be available.
4. Cheap Vs. Durable Packaging
You might be tempted to try to save money by using the cheapest packaging possible. However, this can backfire when a larger percentage of your shipments are damaged while in transit. This can also cause customer service headaches.
5. Save Time and Money with Packaging Automation
With the right packaging equipment, the process of packaging your shipments can be streamlined. This includes load containment equipment, food packaging machines, carton packaging machines, and various other pieces of machinery that your partner might utilize.
Packaging is one factor to look at when shopping for a third-party logistics partner but it isn't the only one. Each company tends to specialize in a particular area and you will want to consider what makes each partner unique before you decide on which company you ultimately want to work with. But each third-party logistics service will be able to help you with the basics such as following shipping regulations.