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How To Create A Streamlined Packaging Process

By 21/05/2020No Comments

Make Small Changes To Create A Streamlined Packaging Process With Eastpac

We often talk about creating a streamlined packaging process, but what does this actually mean? We talk about becoming agile, and making sure your workspace is optimised – but how is this possible? Let us tell you. In this blog, we will be discussing what it means to be agile and create a streamlined packaging process, and what small changes you can do to enhance your workflow.

First, The Basics Of Ensuring A Streamlined Packaging Process

Essentially, what we mean by working streamlined is ensuring your workspace if as efficient as possible! We often talk about agile working and optimising your workstation, but what does this mean?

We know what you’re thinking, “agile working” sounds like one of those classic cases of buzzy business-speak. But we’re pleased to say there’s real substance behind the name! Agile is a very clearly defined work methodology, underpinned by a philosophy that values adaptability. It’s currently in-use by teams at numerous big brand businesses such as Google, Microsoft, EA and several government agencies around the world.

Agile working ultimately focuses on the mantra that work is an activity, not a place. You wouldn’t play a game of football knowing something is going to hinder you – so why allow it in the workplace? Therefore, in short, agile is all about developing and implementing organised working tactics to increase productivity and reduce costs. It is as simple as that.

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5 Tips For Becoming An Agile Workplace

Whatever type of business you have, you should be looking for ways to create a strengthened and more streamlined packaging process. Streamlining operations can save costs, improve quality and improve efficiency and reduce the time taken to fulfil orders. There are many ways that you can optimise your packaging process, but here are five simple, easy to implement ones which we believe can make a real impact on your work process.

1. Warehouse Design

Depending on the extent of your packaging operations and how many orders you need to process, significant amounts of time could be wasted moving from area to another. Therefore, the best way to optimise your warehouse is to streamline your procedures to maximise efficiency. For example, if you are an e-commerce trader, it would benefit you to begin storing your top-selling products close to the packaging area. Also, store items which are often sold together with each other, plus organise your inventory from bestselling to lowest selling products to save time.

2. Master The Basics

Packing is a critical component of your overall order fulfilment process, so workers need to carry it out with precision and skill. This speed will determine efficiency, operational costs and total customer satisfaction. Therefore, establish packing methods that work best for your warehouse. Take a look at how staff select goods, the number of orders that are packed at any given time and how many people will be working within the packing process.

3.  Quality Checks

Before you ship an order, undertaking a quality check should never be overlooked. Make sure to check that you fulfil the whole order, the products are of satisfactory quality, ensure items have packed acceptably for their journey, but most importantly, no products are missing or broken. This will save significant amounts of money on return shipping and refunds if the order is not up to standard. If you rush orders, this can lead to making errors that will lead customers to believe you are unprofessional and lack customer consideration.

4. Packaging Choice

As we have said numerous times before, customers are a significant factor in ensuring a business is successful or not. Therefore, it is worth looking at the materials you use to package your products. But, that’s not the only reason why. While the focus should be on making the process easier and reducing costs, making the right decisions about the materials you use can help you control costs and improve the rate of packing by your employees.

5. Organisation

Make sure that workstations are clean and tidy, and packers have easy access to the materials they need to pack the orders. For example, if your packaging includes a box, tissue paper and packaging tape, have all of these items close to hand to speed up the packing process. Your staff shouldn’t have to be looking around for packaging materials. Instead, conveniently place these nearby to maximise efficiency.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Numerous businesses have sought after our agile workspace solutions. An example of a successful agile case study is our warehouse optimisation with a leading chocolate and confectionery distributor.

Eastpac advised and analysed their current systems and processes and discovered numerous areas for improvements. Although highly successful, during peak seasons, demands were not being met; therefore, the business became reliant on excessive, costly temporary staff.

Consequently, we altered these areas as well as engaged with all staff members to provide permanent solutions.

The results, well, it’s safe to say their business is experiencing substantial benefits. The newly completed system has reduced temporary labour by 68%. Plus, increasing throughput by 20%. To this day, we continue to offer developments and improvement consultations to help enhance their workflow.

Just like the leading chocolate and confectionery distributor has come to realise, there are numerous benefits to optimising your workspace. Therefore, could your workspace benefit from creating a streamlined packaging process? If so, get in touch with Eastpac.