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How to reduce packaging cost of your products

Updated on February 2, 2010

 Packaging cost is a significant factor in costing of  product .Packaging plays an important role in an manufacturing industry . Packaging basic   roles are . Different packaging materials are used in manufacturing industry for various products such as Glass , Wrapper s, laminates , carton boxes , hdpe , bopp , polythene , theromocol ,bottles , cans , bags ., papers etc .Packaging is an integral part of the materials  supply chain. It protects goods from mechanical damage, allows efficient distribution through channels, informs the consumer and helps to promote material  in a  market place

  • Providing protection from mechanical damage
  • Increasing shelf life of product
  • Easy handling of items during transportation
  • Advertisement and messages from manufacturers
  • Legal declarations on packs for consumers

Manufacturers are employing various strategies and ideas  to reduce packaging cost of the product .Packaging are strong medium  of marketing various design and concepts are used to differentiate ones product from competitors

Following steps can results in savings

  • Change dimensions of the primary /secondary packaging as per the product
  • Change the product dimensions as per the  secondary packaging which would result in better handling and optimum use during stacking and loading an container
  • Thickness of the  material  used in packaging can be reduced with  trials such as material are safe during transit
  • Preformed  boxes /cartons can be used rather than employing labor to do in-house
  • Universal boxes and packaging material can be used for the product basically for multilocational companies
  • Alternate materials can be used
  • Excessive packaging to be avoided
  • Use pre printed  boxes/ wrappers  can save cost  on printing
  • Automation on packing machines can also help reducing packaging cost

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