Things to consider when choosing a packaging supplier

8th September 2020|Analysis|

Having something in which to package your items is the alpha and omega of a retail company. Whether this means cardboard boxes that can protect your product when you send it in the post, or the plastic bag you hand to your customer over the counter so they have something to carry their newly purchased items home in.

But as it turns out, packaging can have numerous different functions depending on what type of business you are and what products you sell. It’s important therefore that you make the right considerations about what is essential to your business before contacting a package supplier.

Here, we provide you with an overview of what you should consider and ask your supplier about.

Ask the supplier: “What is your delivery rate?”

There is nothing worse than running out of packaging. That’s why it’s important to find out how good your supplier is at delivering the necessary quantities of packaging on time, so you are not suddenly left with a big problem. If, for example, you don’t have any boxes available, then you have nothing to send your items in, meaning you may lose further customers due to delayed delivery.

Therefore, make sure that your packaging supplier can help you with good distribution to both your warehouse and your store. The packaging must arrive at the agreed time on every occasion, and you must also be able to adjust and order extra packaging as needed from day to day.

Ask the supplier: “Can you document environmental and sustainability requirements?”

More and more consumers are demanding that the companies they shop with are sustainable and take a stand on both the environment, working conditions and economic sustainability of the entire supply chain.

Over the past 10 years, sustainability and environmental considerations have become important competitive criteria for many industries, not least the retail industry. Younger consumers in particular are focused on greener and more sustainable solutions, and this is not just empty words   – money is increasingly being spent on products that are completely sustainable.

It is important, therefore, that your packaging supplier can present the right certification to ensure the packaging in which you are investing is best for the environment, and that the working conditions throughout the production process are in order; a certification that you can display again on your packaging and use in your branding.