When was the last time you audited your shipping materials? Many companies haven’t examined theirs in a long time.
So, take a look at several possible problems this can lead to:
You May Annoy Your Customers
Customers have been waiting for what you’ve shipped for a day or two at the least. That could actually be much longer, depending on what they bought.
When they finally get what they ordered from you, all they want to do is get it out of the package. How many packages have you attempted to open, only to find out it was difficult to get in?
Likewise, your customers get frustrated and agitated. It’s not a memory you want them to associate with you.
You May Unnecessarily Inflate Your Costs
If you haven’t checked your shipping and packaging materials, you may be wasting money on producing unnecessary material. You’re using valuable machine and human labor that could be allocated elsewhere. So, you’re really harming yourself twice.
You May Expose Your Product to Higher Risk of Damage
Without the proper shipping and packaging materials, your products may have a higher likelihood of being damaged during transport. So, you’ll have to spend production time and labor replacing the product, customer service time addressing the issue, and producing the shipping and packaging materials again.
Better to know the exact ability of your shipping and packaging materials to protect your product.
You May Not Comply with Corporate Sustainability Requirements
Many corporations have customers who want to see them using recyclable materials. So, when they get product from you, they want your shipping and packaging materials to be recyclable.
If yours aren’t, you run the risk of losing corporate accounts. Some companies have fallen into the trap of falsely assuming that all recyclable materials can actually be recycled.
You May Miss Out on New Opportunities
One company actually uses agricultural waste to grow different shapes of packaging. It’s fully compostable. At the same time, it only breaks down in wet environments. The company’s CEO claims manufacturing it only takes one-fifth to one-eighth of the energy required to make foam plastic. On top of that, it’s competitively priced.
This isn’t an advertisement for this company. But, it is a good example of a potential way to improve how you handle your shipping and packaging materials.
Regardless, your shipping and packaging materials present opportunity for sustainability, cost reduction, and improving customer happiness. Call Pollock at 855.239.5153 to review yours today.