When Do You Need A Contract Packager
Not sure if you need a contract packager? Can’t decide if your packaging project is too big or too small to outsource? Here are some tips to help you decide.
Do You Need a Contract Packager?
You should talk to a contract packager when:
- Your packaging volume under or over employs your own packaging lines, either short or long term.
- There’s a specific, short-term requirement that may be better served by specific packaging experience or equipment you don’t have.
- There’s a short run for a new product test, gift pack and so forth which may otherwise require the investment in new equipment.
- Promoting your product with increasingly popular marketing weapons of nonstandard packaging or promotional inserts requires special machinery or labor intensive work.
- The pressure of new business or deadlines creates a heavy, short-term workload for which you require experienced help to supplement the efforts of in-house staff.
- A product may more economically be shipped in bulk to a distant market, then unit packed locally.
- New packaging forms unfamiliar to your staff and equipment may be specified.
- There is no available in-house equipment or expertise for a particular job.
- The plant is closing for maintenance or faced with a labor availability problem.
- There’s a warehouse full of a product that needs reworking to make it salable.
- A new package form is to be market tested before general introduction.
- The company is faced with a high investment to meet regulatory and environmental compliance.
However, there may be times when it may be premature to talk to a contract packager. For example, when:
- The need is unclear or at least not clearly stated.
- The problem can be more effectively and efficiently addressed using other methods.
- You think the contract packager can salvage a project that you suspect is no longer salvageable.
- The company is not organizationally or financially prepared to implement the contract packager’s suggestions.
Ron’s greatest asset to me as a production supervisor is the way he can bring complicated engineering/maintenance level concepts down to a level the layperson can easily understand. His knowledge of the equipment is impressive, he can navigate a menu or program, largely from memory, sitting in an office discussing a project 50 yards from the production floor.Cole Huart
Ron is an insightful technician and analyst with a persistent mindset to achieve excellence. He has acute attention to detail and works diligently until his customers are completely satisfied. I would recommend Ron to any packaging division that wants to yield maximum performance from their equipment.Michelle Lantern
Ron has provided us with outstanding service on our equipment whenever we have needed him. He makes us his top priority and his knowledge of the equipment is second to none.Aron Gordon