With the variety of customers we work with at BoldtSmith Packaging, we discover a wide variety of packaging situations. Two scenario’s we consistently see however are product damage during shipping and high packaging costs.
One of the reasons we started the business was a trend we saw in the packaging world. This trend was companies utilizing their packaging suppliers to complete the design and testing for new product introductions. One of our goals with the business was to fill this role providing unbiased packaging designs for our customer’s. We do not sell or broker packaging, we provide a service to design, test and implement the best possible packaging solution!
A customer recently reached out to BoldtSmith Packaging that manufactured a small printer domestically. The current packaging was an RSC corrugated box with a complicated corrugated diecut. They had already leaned on their current packaging suppliers to develop solutions but were unsatisfied with the results. The goals of the project are outlined below.
- Reduce damage during shipping
- Reduce labor to pack up product
- Reduce package material costs
Our optimized packaging solutions explored multiple material types such as corrugated, EPS foam, EPE foam, molded pulp, etc. We created these packaging specifications, samples, completed testing and a created a financial analysis comparing the optimized packaging solutions to current.
The packaging solution the customer selected resulted in the following changes:
- Damage: 8% reduction in damage annually
- Labor: 75% reduction in time to pack the product
- Material Costs: 50% reduction in packaging material costs
This was a great project that emphasized the value in using BoldtSmith Packaging vs a packaging manufacturer to complete designs.
The word packaging is such a generic term that for one customer packaging means a plastic clamshell for a lightbulb while for another customer it means a metal returnable crate for automobile windshields. For this reason, we have a team of packaging experts with varying backgrounds. A few of the material we work with on a regular basis are outlined below by product type.
Retail and E-Commerce Packaging
- EPS Foam
- EPE Foam
- Molded Pulp
- Corner boards
- Glass and plastic bottles
- Shrink film
- Paperboard boxes
- Corrugated boxes
- Expendable wooden crate
- Returnable metal crate
- Stretch wrap
Packaging suppliers provide expensive solutions utilizing the material they sell. We provide the best possible packaging solution to our customers utilizing any and all packaging materials.
Our typical process would have us complete the design, create a financial analysis of all options and compare variables such as material cost, freight cost, labor cost, damage cost, etc. This allows us to make data driven decisions on the best possible packaging solution.
After the list of packaging concepts is narrowed, we will complete transit testing that represent the actual hazards the product will experience in shipping. This process allows us to pick a design that minimizes the risk of damage whiles still remaining cost efficient! Learn more about our testing process.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to BoldtSmith Packaging!