Every product deserves a great package, but you also don’t want your packaging expenses to eat up your budget. At Indepak, we’ve compiled some simple ways to reduce the costs associated with your wholesale packaging, including the following:
1. Use Inexpensive Materials
At Indepak, we use a wide range of thermoform plastics to create wholesale packaging. One of the perks of using thermoplastics is the cost, as these materials are some of the most affordable packaging materials available. Our thermoforming equipment can process materials such as PET, PETG, ABS, PVC, HDPE and even starch-based bioplastics to name a few. This allows us to meet the packaging and budgetary needs of a wide range of clients from many different industries, including the food & beverage industry, medical & pharmaceutical industries and the electronics industry. We also can design affordable packaging for virtually any retail product, from tools to office supplies to personal care items.
2. Use Lightweight Materials
Thermoform plastics are not just affordable materials, they also are very lightweight. Heavier materials cost more to ship, and shipping costs easily eat up your budget, so it just makes sense to look for the lightest materials possible. Using lightweight materials as well as lightweight protective packaging materials, such as packing peanuts, plastic air pillows or bubble wrap can help keep shipping as affordable as possible.
3. Reduce Your Packaging Size
With the use of thermoform plastic materials, your wholesale packaging doesn’t have to be huge in order to be highly protective. Many thermoform plastics are very strong, which eliminates the need to create excess packaging. When you use fewer materials to create your packaging, this automatically saves you some money. With smaller packaging, you can ship more units per box, which also can reduce your shipping costs. Our team of designers will look for creative ways to create packaging that uses as little material as possible while still protecting your product and displaying it in an attractive way.
4. Improve Your Shipping Strategies
Aside from reducing packaging sizes and packaging weight, there are a few other ways to reduce your shipping costs. At Indepak, we can help by offering you packaging fulfilment, inventory management and shipping services. In this way, we provide a total solution for each of our clients, from product design to shipping. Using just one company for multiple services can help you save time and money.
If you wish to handle shipping yourself, consider getting quotes from multiple shipping companies and shopping for a company that offers competitive rates with reliable service. Consider being flexible about shipping times, as well. For instance, you might normally send out shipments during normal business hours, but so do hundreds of other companies. If you can ship out your product early in the morning or later at night, this can save money.
Once you settle on a shipping company, be sure to maximize your costs with that company. For instance, you might either consider using their packaging materials or ensuring that your packaging material won’t incur dimensional fees simply because they are a slightly different size than the packaging used by your shipping company. After all, actual weight and dimensional weight are two completely different kettles of fish. Do whatever you can to reduce both the actual and dimensional weights of your product and you will save money.
Another tip to consider would be to invest in third-party insurance. While a shipping carrier might provide insurance, this can be more expensive than simply finding an independent insurance company to cover the cost of your items, particularly if you product is an expensive item.
If you need wholesale packaging, the team at Indepak is here to help. We can design any size or shape of packaging that you might need for just about any product imaginable. Our goal is to consistently provide our customers with high-quality packaging on time and on budget, and we will do our best to help you reduce your wholesale packaging costs.