If you’ve ever stepped foot in a UPS store with a bundle of packages to mail, then you know, when it comes to shipping, the space each item takes up can make a big difference when it comes to your cost. The same is true, of course, when it comes to shipping packages in large quantities. And with the recent UPS and FedEx announcements that starting in 2015 they will begin charging for ground-shipped packages by size, vs. just weight, this has never been more true.
While this may not be big news for your average consumer, for companies that ship products in large volume, this shift has the potential to be quite costly – and contract package manufacturers are beginning to take notice.
Take, for example, typical weed killer packaging, which often has sprayers in a separate compartment alongside the primary package requiring more space on both the filling line and in the shipping cases. As highlighted in the recent Packaging Digest article, Weed Killer Eliminates Packaging Space, Pennington Seed worked with TricorBraun to create a package configuration that utilizes space better. The new design incorporates indentations into the primary package structure into which the sprayer nozzle and trigger can burrow and also offsets the bottle handle to house the sprayer handle.
At TEQ, we also work with our customers to design customized packaging solutions that take into consideration elements such as dimensions and weight. Take, for example, when we were recently tasked with creating a sterile package for a medical device over 69 inches long using existing tooling that could efficiently shipped and distributed using a standard pallet size of 40” x 48”.
Our solution? To apply the concept of interlocking button or perimeter snaps into a sterile barrier system for an exceedingly large-sized medical device. Because of the smaller part sizes, manufacturing is more efficient and the package is much easier to ship and recycle. In addition, this system runs on existing machinery and tooling and is easily integrated into existing distribution and storage systems.
What about you? What space saving solutions has your company or business developed?