How to Optimize Your Packaging & Shipping Process

how to improve your packaging and shipping process

You are a leader in your industry, providing some of the best goods and services in your space. Perhaps you have spent so much time achieving that status, you’ve neglected to improve the process of parceling those goods and services to your consumers. Doing so can be detrimental to your business and may be more costly than you think. That is why our team at Plastic Pallet Pros has compiled this list of tips and tricks to help you optimize your packaging and shipping process. By implementing these into your own process, it will help you to avoid overspending, wasting time, and suffering losses from damaged products. Read on to learn more.

Eliminate Excess Space & Weight

In the shipping world, the two most important factors are size (or volume) and weight. Therefore, it makes sense to pay special attention to both with the intent of improving your shipping process.

One way of doing so is by spending some time selecting only the most efficient packaging options. Therefore, find an option that your products or materials fit in safely and easily without consuming too much unnecessary space. Ideally, your packages should also stack neatly on your pallets without overhang or instability. Both issues can also cause additional fees in the shipping process.

If you are struggling to find the best option, try a few different styles and compare which solutions most effectively ship the largest quantity of your products. This way, you will not have to store a large variety of packing options on location.

Create a Standardized System

When packers pause their workflow to think about their packaging choices for every product that crosses their workspace, productivity is severely hindered. To minimize the need for this, create a checklist breaking down each step in the process and develop a set of standards to help your employees quickly determine the best materials to use. Introducing this process into your packaging procedure will increase efficiencies within your team’s workflow while also effectively protect against product damage.

Evaluate Your Shipping Method

Shipping in full truck load quantities or less than truck load (LTL) can help minimize the impact of freight cost. A “full truck load” refers to the transportation of cargo that fills up an entire trailer. For carriers, this is typically 24 standard pallets weighing up to 42,000 pounds. A major benefit of this type of shipment is that goods are moved directly from their origin point to their destination.

Alternatively, an LTL shipment allows you to ship smaller loads while only paying for the space you use. For example, you may need to only ship 1 pallet weighing 100 pounds. However, one potential drawback to this scenario is that goods move through a network where carriers can consolidate freight moving in the same direction. So, your goods may take a less direct route than more traditional full truck load shipments would.

Both methods are capable of offering benefits in terms of price and efficiency of delivery, so be sure to weigh your needs carefully before making a decision, rather than attempting to change your process after choosing a shipping method.

Ensure Effective Organization

In any industry, organization is the key to productivity. With a warehouse that is properly organized, your final packages are more likely to follow suit. Therefore, make sure you have the correct pallets, racking systems, and shelving to ensure safe, effective, and proper organization.

Furthermore, consider following a few of these best practices:

  • Keep your best-selling items closer to the packing area, or pre-package them if it makes sense.
  • When stacking, place the heaviest items on the bottom.
  • Keep products which are frequently sold together close to each other.
  • Make your warehouse easy to navigate by incorporating labels and directional signage.
  • Separate items into items which have been sold, but not packed, and those which are packed and awaiting shipping.

In short, the less confusing and disorganized your warehouse becomes, the more likely your packing and shipping system efficiencies increase. 

Cheaper Packing Materials Do Not Always Mean Reduced Costs

While it can be tempting to cut upfront costs by using the cheapest packing materials possible, doing so may mean greater charges later in the process as faulty equipment breaks or malfunctions. Make sure you invest in high quality foam caps, polystyrene peanuts, bubble wrap, and sturdy pallets. The upfront costs are typically offset by the reduction in losses caused by broken or damaged items.

Plastic Pallet Pros is Your Packaging & Shipping Resource

Our team of Plastic Pallet Pros is dedicated to developing excellent solutions for our customers seeking the right product to meet their specific needs. We hope you found this resource helpful and can feel the benefits for yourself upon integration.

If you’d like even more tips, or would like to make a pallet purchase you know you can trust to help facilitate a more productive shipping process, contact our team today!