Top 5 tips for SME Packaging Operations

3 min read20 February 2023

The choice of packaging is a key part of reducing shipping and packaging costs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). By choosing the right packaging, SMEs can optimize their packing process, reduce material waste, and improve the safety and efficiency of their shipments. Here at RAJA, we always strive to provide the best experience for our customers and helping SME’s get ahead is what we aim for. Here we have some practical examples of how SMEs can make their packaging more efficient to reduce their shipping and packaging costs.

 

1. Use packaging that is appropriate for the product

Choosing packaging that is appropriate for the product can help reduce the amount of packaging material needed and prevent damage during shipping. For example, using custom boxes such as Flexi-Hex or envelopes that perfectly fit the size of the product helps cut down on the use of void-fill. Alternatively, using flexible packaging, such as bubble mailers, can help protect products that are fragile but don’t have an immediate option to keep them packaged up.

2. Consider eco-friendly and lightweight packaging

Going eco-responsible is something we are all moving towards, but using eco or lightweight packaging can also help reduce shipping and packaging costs! All this, plus it also minimizes the environmental impact of your business. By using biodegradable or recyclable materials you can reduce waste and provide a more sustainable packaging solution. Additionally, lightweight packaging helps to cut down shipping costs by reducing the weight of the package – we always try to recommend our customers the most cost and eco efficient packaging possible.

3. Making your packaging go further

Using multi-functional packaging can help reduce material waste and improve the efficiency of your packing process. For example, using packaging that can be folded or reconfigured to fit different product sizes can reduce the need for additional packaging materials. Alternatively, using packaging that doubles as a promotional tool, such as custom printed boxes, can provide a cost-effective way to market your products.

4. Optimize the use of packaging materials

Optimizing the use of packaging materials can help reduce material waste and improve the efficiency of your packing process. For example, using packing materials that are designed to be used multiple times, such as bubble wrap, can reduce the need for additional materials. Additionally, using materials that can be easily recycled or reused can provide a more sustainable packaging solution.

5. Use packaging that is easy to handle and store

Using packaging that is easy to handle and store can help improve the efficiency of your packing process and reduce the risk of injury to your employees. For example, using boxes that are stackable or that have handles can make them easier to handle and store. Additionally, using packaging that comes flat-packed and easily assembled such as cardboard boxes can reduce the time and resources needed for the packing process.

By choosing the right packaging, you can reduce your shipping and packaging costs substantially. SMEs can both improve the efficiency and safety of their shipments and cut their overheads significantly. Interested in seeing if you can improve your own packaging? Get in touch with our team of packaging experts and see if we can help you and your business to thrive!

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