Ordering Packaging: Convenient Packs vs Bulk Ordering

Reducing Packaging Costs
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Let us look at the common questions that can arise with understanding the difference between ordering packaging in convenient sizes against bulk ordering.

      1.  How can ordering in smaller quantities save me money…?

For any business that strives towards improving output and process efficiency, ordering packaging as and when required automatically saves on the an initial outlay of money. This for a growing business is the saving grace of being able to continue processing and completing orders even through tight string budgets.

The great benefit of convenient packs, is the financial gain of ordering packaging as and when you need it – more on this later, after all, this benefit can facilitate continuous improvements to understand which packaging type works best for your business.

       2. Does ordering smaller quantities help me save on storage space…?

Ordering packaging in large quantities is most certainly bulky, whereas ordering packaging in smaller frequent quantities can be much more convenient and easier to store.

If for instance your business uses protective packaging options such as bubble wrap, ordering in smaller amounts would be more beneficial rather than storing so many large bulky rolls, essentially filling your workspace. (For a visual representation, check out our video below)

While on paper it may be cheaper per metre to purchase in large quantities, for a business controlling costs, the expenses involved in storing and managing inventory may outweigh the saving, especially as floor space can be limited. Therefore with less onsite stock to manage, not only is this is a positive step towards lean manufacturing, but useful strategy for end of year accounts and the value of your packaging stock holding.

       3. How can I save on delivering cost…?

With most suppliers offering free delivery service on minimum spends that exclude VAT, we believe it is more cost effective to take advantage of these offers rather than paying for a carriage charge on each order. We appreciate that order values may total less than the minimum; during these times we suggest that consumers should add stationary or consumable office supplies to their basket to make the order up, and take advantage of the free service!

Going forward, should your business be in need of these kind of regularly used items, consider building up items in your shopping basket until the minimum spend is reached, and get your packaging supplies delivered free of charge!

      4. Can trialling packaging in smaller quantities help my business…?

Trialling with various packaging options will allow you to experiment before making the strong stock commitment of bulk ordering. This not only provides you with evidence to support any shift in current to new options, but backed up with thorough assessment, could essentially help to further protect your carefully designed product as it travels on the transit journey to your customers. Concurrently improving the impression of your brand through the presentation of your business.

Good in-house sales teams can share their expert knowledge with you during packaging changes, and can recommend options based on your product and usage.

      5. Can smaller quantities save on waste…?

No longer will you need to keep a track of what stock was first in first out, because if items are replenished as they are needed not only are you keeping stock to minimum but most certainly saving on waste, and efficiently using floor space.

Afterall the depreciation value not only affects the business books but also the products functionality as old stock may deteriorate over time.

     6. How can ordering in smaller quantities save me time…?

With online ordering becoming a more efficient manner to order for both businesses and consumers, saving account details on the web saves you the stress of having to remember extra pieces of information such as passwords, usernames or product specifications. With this added benefit not only is your order history saved but, should you select certain settings your card details, invoice and delivery address would also be remembered. This would automatically save you time searching for the product codes, matching sizes and data entry.

For businesses that prefer the human interaction, speaking to a dedicated account manager can support you with understanding the various packaging options available and help you manage repeat scheduled. Freeing you up to focus on your areas of expertise.

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Sarah Hickson

With more than seven years experience as a member of the Davpack sales team, there are few who know more about the range of packaging materials we sell than Sarah. She recently left the company to become a full-time mother, but still maintains regular contact with her former colleagues. As well as sharing her own accumulated wisdom and experience on the blog, Sarah is looking forward to passing on stories from the front line of packaging sales. Davpack

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