Packaging line efficiency is one of those factors that aren’t often front-of-mind until there’s a problem. When productivity decreases or the error rate increases, companies start to evaluate their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which is often responsible for these declines.
OEE declines can be circumvented with proper operations management and business processes redesign and optimization. Without those proactive measures, any changes made to the packaging line can have a negative impact on OEE.
The Impact of Serialization
Through the introduction of serialization equipment, additional process steps and controls have been made part of the normal operations on the packaging line. With this comes added complexity and an intrinsic process variance that generates additional time loss. This is due to new setup requirements, additional rejects, and additional line macro and micro stoppages.
Companies that have implemented serialization have noted that efficiency losses of up to 20% are connected to the additional complexity of new operations, processes and automation/IT systems.
Fortunately, the technology that enables
tracking and evaluating equipment efficiency is now commonly available. Supply
chain visibility, predictive maintenance, Big Data, and OEE live tracking are
now becoming increasingly pertinent in the Pharmaceutical industry, but experienced OEE experts agree that
collecting the data is only half the battle.
Identifying the Real Challenge
The biggest challenge to identifying problems with OEE and rectifying
them is being able to extract value from that data, which requires more than a
tracking system can provide.
In an article entitled, Improving Pharma Packaging Line
Efficiency Through Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), digital expert
Valerio DeSimone examines key performance indicators and OEE tracking systems,
as well as the importance of obtaining the full picture when it comes to
packaging line efficiency. Valerio offers insights on how to better use overall
equipment effectiveness (OEE) tracking systems and how to avoid common
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With the May deadline approaching, the EU MDR regulations, covered in a robust 175-page document, apply to a more diverse group of companies than ever before. In order to help companies understand this regulation at a high level, our regulatory experts put together an overview of the who, what, when, why and how of the regulation.
In order to optimize packaging-related cost savings, using a holistic approach to evaluate processes, waste, sourcing, and design throughout the entire packaging system is necessary. In most cases, when companies discuss their approach to cost savings related to packaging, it addresses only one element of packaging, such as reducing packaging material.
Optimizing packaging and supply chain costs involves partnering with design and supply chain experts, as well as material suppliers to identify and develop the best quality solution. It involves leveraging experts in logistics, sourcing, packaging design, process efficiency, distribution costs, etc. to identify what’s working well and what can be improved upon.
Adept Packaging’s Value Design Model
In Adept Group’s Value Design Model to Margin Improvement,
we leverage our global supplier network to evaluate and identify the best
supplier for the challenge at hand, resulting in the lowest total landed cost
for our clients’ packaging designs. Through a thorough understanding of the
client’s supply chain, needs and limitations, we identify the optimal solution.
After understanding our clients’ needs, our cost savings
experts identify areas for margin improvement and then we select the supplier
that can offer the highest quality solution.
For example, for corrugated packaging, we’ve partnered with TRG, a supplier with
unique machinery, a design ethos that matches ours, and insight into the entire
corrugated supply chain. On projects we’ve worked on with TRG, we average:
15-20% material reduction
25-30% throughput increases
Up to 80% labor and set up reductions
Time and waste reduction to increase total
supply chain effectiveness
Avenues to Corrugated Cost Reduction
Depending on the material, component, product and supply chain needs, cost savings can come in the form of:
Optimizing use of material
Design optimization and automation
Design and supplier equipment utilization
Pallet optimization and quality improvement
Labor and setup reductions
Eliminating additional components
Update printing methods using the latest technology
Material Reduction through Design Innovation
Through the use of specialized converting equipment, we are
able to create corrugated designs that reduce the number of components in the
packaging. These unique conditions allow for design innovation for both online
and offline execution without sacrificing packaging quality or performance.
Labor Reduction Throughput and Set-up Efficiencies
Combining innovative design concepts with uniquely capable supplier equipment, we are able to develop quick set up designs and revolutionary case automation possibilities. These designs reduce material waste, as well as allow for staffing reallocation due to reduced time needed to set up packaging, both in the warehouse and in-store.
Time and waste reduction to increase total supply chain
In addition to increasing efficiency through packaging design, material reduction allows for maximum pallet efficiency through more product per pallet. The reduction of packaging components leads to less inventory management and increase warehouse space.
By starting with the packaging concept, this process allows for efficiency improvements throughout the entire supply chain, as well as innovation that not only saves cost, but differentiates products in store.
Cost Savings Beyond Sourcing Learning Share
If you’re interested in learning more about cost savings beyond sourcing, check out our December 2019 Learning Share presented by Partner in Residence President, Jared Spencer, and TRG Director of Design & Value Engineering, Jeff Jolley. They discuss details and case studies of how our approach has helped some of the most iconic Food, Beverage and CPG companies achieve their cost savings goals.
For most corporate employees, interviewing job candidates is not part of their job description. For those who are tasked with that job, it is usually a very small and infrequent portion of their job responsibilities. Because of that, most people do not know how to conduct good interviews or how to ask questions to solicit the information they need to make an informed hiring decision. This guide, designed for the interviewer, offers tips to help you ask the questions to get the answers you’re looking for.
First and foremost, you need to prepare for the interview. Ideally, before you reach the interview phase of the hiring process, your potential candidates have been vetted for the minimum job qualifications and education. The purpose of the interview is to further qualify the candidate against the job performance expectations, the requirements of the role and the suitability of the candidate to fit the team and company’s culture and environment.
Be Aware of Restrictions
Begin by making certain you are aware of any legal or company restrictions. Check with your Human Resources or Legal department to help avoid any questions related to topics that could be discriminatory in nature such as questions of race, sex, color, national origin or religion. Make yourself aware of any company or industry-specific policies or state and city laws to avoid.
Inform the Candidate About You & The Company
Remember that the candidate is making a decision about whether they want to work for you as well. Take time to write out a brief pitch about you, the team, the company and the role you are looking to fill. This will not only serve to help break the ice and put the applicant at ease but help them to get more interested in the job opportunity.
Set an Agenda
Set an agenda to help you stay on schedule and cover all of the information both you and the applicant are hoping to during the interview. Prior to the interview, clearly communicate the date and time of the interview, who will be involved and the format of the interview so the candidate can prepare.
Prepare Your Questions
Next prepare a written list of questions. It is vitally important that you ask your questions of each candidate in the same order and format. This will not only allow you to give an apples to apples comparison of each candidate but will limit potential conflicts or impropriety.
To help structure your questions, start by determining the top 5 or 6 key requirements of the role such as knowledge of specific technology, equipment or methodology.
Craft Open-Ended Questions
Create open-ended questions such as ones that begin with “why”, “how”, “what” or “describe.” This will yield more detailed answers than closed-ended questions. Your purpose is to obtain a balanced picture of the applicant’s qualifications and job motivation without prompting applicants to produce responses that they think you want to hear.
Phrase Questions to Gain Insight
A good way to phrase a question about a specific skillset is to say “How does your experience qualify you for this job?” This will not only test that the candidate has done their homework, but give them the opportunity to share their skillset. You might also ask a question such as “Describe your experience with ____ software.”
Think Beyond Their Skillset
In addition to job requirements, you might need to learn more about how a candidate will respond to your culture. Ask open-ended questions such as “How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?” Or “Give us some examples demonstrating how you’ve reacted to pressure situations.”
Track Their Answers
Finally, develop a form to help take notes and keep track of the candidate responses to each question. Having this ready ahead of time will allow you to focus on the answers, and to go back and compare them to other candidates if you have a difficult decision to make.
Conducting the Interview
Make sure you are on time and have reviewed the candidate’s resume and any additional notes before the interview. This not only demonstrates your interest in them but will help keep everyone on schedule. Start the interview by building rapport to help put the candidates at ease and feel confident before asking your questions.
Prompt for Questions
you have asked your questions, allow the candidate to ask questions of you. This
will not only give you additional opportunities to sell the candidates on your
job opening, but allow you to evaluate their listening and questioning skills.
Inform about Next Steps
Finally, inform the candidate that the interview is over and what the next steps will be in the process, including any additional steps you need the candidate to take, such as providing references or completing any assessment testing.
Your Most Valuable Resource
any company, success or failure depends almost entirely on the quality of the
team. Remember that when as you conduct your interviews. Someone with less
experience, but a tenacity to learn might add more value than someone with a
robust resume that seems resistant to new ideas.
If you need any assistance finding quality candidates, building your packaging team, or have an especially difficult to fill position, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiters.
Designing packaging specifically for the booming E-commerce market is essential. With up to 15 additional touchpoints in the distribution environment, E-commerce packaging requires more robust, tailored packaging than that which sits on the shelves at your local Walmart.
Understanding the requirements of your product when experiencing hazards like compression, shock, vibration, and atmospheric conditions are paramount to design a package that ensures the product arrives without damage.
Overlooking the additional touchpoints, methods of transport, packaging handlers, storage, etc. when moving from a traditional distribution environment to E-commerce will often leave the product and brand reputation damaged.
Between trying to fit as many packages on a truck as possible and rushing to get them all delivered on time, it’s no surprise that damage rates increase as well, especially in packaging not designed for the E-commerce distribution environment.
For example, at Adept Group, we ordered tumblers for our associates from a promotional merchandiser for holiday gifts. (Pictured below) To give you an idea of the product composition, these tumblers have a stainless-steel exterior; glass insert and plastic top.
What would have been a beautiful gift for our associates turned into four boxes of shattered glass, a panicked phone call, an extremely compressed shipping timeline and a lot of rework for the promotional company.
Our products arrived in four double-walled corrugated boxes with obvious compression damage. When we picked them up to move them, the sound of shattered glass was evident. Separated by single-walled corrugated dividers, the glass insert of 56 of 100 tumblers was in pieces at the bottom of the box, rendering them unusable.
Without the dividers being strong enough to keep the box from compressing, and no padding to absorb any of that pressure, the force of whatever packages were piled on top of the box crushed all of the glass that stuck out above the stainless-steel exterior. This presented several problems:
We’ve been forced to delay shipping gifts to our associates, as we wait for the new shipment to arrive
The opportunity for shipping gifts to our associates across the globe in Italy before the holidays is quickly closing.
This compressed timeline increases shipping costs for us to attempt to get gifts to associates before the holidays.
The damaged products caused a production loss of four associates for 2 hours, as we went through the boxes to determine the number of broken tumblers, cleaned up the broken glass and washed the products that were not broken to ensure our associates do not consume glass particles once they receive their gifts.
We were covered in piercing glass particle and had to move and dispose of four boxes littered in shards of glass. There were more than a few minor cuts and pokes.
Correspondence with the promotional company involved their quality assurance department, resolutions team, our direct contact, and 3 other people; as well as 2 calls and 29 emails to get this rectified.
When the cost is calculated, the price of a damaged brand reputation is the highest. Due to this experience, there’s a high likelihood that we won’t be ordering from this particular company in the future.
Suggestions for a Redesign
This mishap could have been avoided had they used packaging that was designed for their specific distribution environment and considered the rigors the products must withstand during E-commerce shipping. We enlisted our design expert to provide some suggestions that he would make to decrease the likelihood of damage for these products:
Outer Carton: Upgrade the material specification for the corrugated to 44ect BC flute with specific liner and medium specifications that can withstand a single parcel shipment.
Upgrade the material specification for the corrugated to 44ect C flute with specific liner and medium specifications that can withstand a single parcel shipment. This will add the correct buffer between cups and eliminate glass to glass contact.
It’s important to maintain the caliper thickness on the partitions between glasses to keep a snug fit and isolate movement.
Raise the height of the partitions slightly to reach the top of the glass lip.
Eliminate any chance for the glass portion of the cup to make glass to glass contact. Improved partitions will help with this.
Add an interior top pad: This will allow the glass to compress into the pad, both restricting movement and reducing or eliminating impact and compression damage.
When damage occurs in E-commerce, it presents unique challenges. With the shipping package being the first point of contact with a consumer, a damaged package can impact brand perception; whereas a damaged product will. Not only does it harm the brand reputation, but it causes frustration, time loss, extra effort, additional spend and frequently, loss of business.
Designing for ecommerce
If your company has a high damage rate or is just getting into the E-commerce market, consider leveraging an expert to design packaging to avoid these pitfalls.
Understanding the product needs, having visibility into the distribution environment, and having access to the materials and expertise needed to develop packaging that protects the product is pertinent for success in the E-commerce market.
For any questions regarding quality remediation or new package development for E-commerce, contact us. Our experts are happy to help.
If you’re thinking, perhaps this shipping experience was an anomaly, you’d be wrong. The same company, shipped the same product, in the same packaging, through the same distribution environment, and guess what? We got the same result. Half of the tumblers in the second shipment were also damaged and unusable.
Long story short: Packaging matters. Design packaging for the E-commerce market with your product and distribution environment in mind to avoid loss of business and a destroyed brand reputation. Contact us for assistance!
With Cyber Monday upon us, and the holidays quickly approaching, there’s a good chance many of us are going to have quite a few boxes piled up in front of our door in the coming weeks. With the drive for companies to create more sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging, this time of year presents a fantastic opportunity to see how well they’re doing.
With research showing that one of the greatest barriers to recycling is lack of consumer knowledge, we wanted to add some insight on how to tell how sustainable the packaging is that you’re products are being shipped in.
We’ve created a checklist for a
quick evaluation of the packaging you’re interacting with this holiday season.
Give your packaging a point for each of these boxes you can check off.
Overpackaging: there is no evidence of over packaging. The product fits well into the box it was shipped in. Examples of overpackaging: a box within a box, a disproportionately large box for a small item, excessive unnecessary packaging, etc.
Ships in Own Container: The product was shipped in its own container without an overbox.
Excess Padding: There is no evidence of additional, unnecessary padding. For example foam peanuts, shredded paper, etc. Many of these materials can be recycled, but developing packaging specifically for ecommerce that can ship without additional material is cost-effective and requires less work on the consumer end.
The packaging material is recyclable. For example corrugate, PET, etc. If you’re not sure, check out this recycling guide.
Recyclability is communicated. Is there a label on your package that tells you how to recycle the packaging?
Reusability: the packaging can be reused for an additional purpose.
Styrofoam: there is no evidence of Styrofoam in the packaging. While some places can recycle it, most materials recovery facilities still do not accept it as part of their recycling program.
Mixed-materials: the package is not made of mixed materials. Examples, plastic mixed with paper, foam envelope, foam on corrugate. Since materials need to be easily separated to be recycled, packaging that has mixed materials are much more difficult to recycle.
Label: the label is not shrink-wrapped to the package. Materials need to be separated easily, and PVC shrink labels impede that separation.
Returnable: Can I use the packaging to return the item if I need to?
The higher the score, the more sustainable the package. As companies continue to narrow in their focus on sustainability, these numbers will continue to increase. With increased awareness, new regulations and consumer pressure, most of the large brand owners have already set aggressive goals for 2025 and beyond.
E-commerce giant, Amazon, has developed requirements vendors must meet to ship through Amazon, with an aim to reduce waste and increase customer satisfaction. As a member of the Amazon Support and Supplier network, Adept Packaging works side-by-side with some of the major E-commerce retailers, designing sustainable packaging for the most complex, custom supply chains.
If you’re in the ecommerce market and notice your packaging is scoring lower than you’d like, contact us! We hope this holiday season, you’ll recycle responsibly. Have a safe and sustainable holiday!
When looking to hire new talent, companies strive to find the best-suited candidates to fill their open positions, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes employees get hired who fail to perform, don’t meet expectations, or don’t fit into the company culture they’re being placed. When that happens, the cost of a bad hire can be staggering.
In specialized industries where expertise is in
high demand, finding the right talent can be a challenge for recruiters;
timelines are short, and qualified candidates are scarce. Often, finding
someone in the packaging engineering industry that meets the educational and
experiential requirements is only half the battle. The job type, location,
travel requirements, and employer expectations also play a role in determining
if the candidate is a good fit.
Calculating the Cost
There are many different costs associated with
hiring a new employee, from recruiting, to onboarding, to training. In each
industry, costs pile up quickly, but in technical industries with high salary
ranges, the cost of a new employee generally exceeds the average.
Consider the following variables:
Number of days spent to fill the position
Hours spent to write and post job descriptions
Hours spent reviewing candidate resumes
Cost of advertisements and job boards
Cost of drug screening, assessment testing, and background checks
Amount of time spent onboarding
Cost of lost productivity
Days spent training the new employee
These costs increase if it’s a specifically difficult position to fill, if productivity losses are high, or if the hiring company spends a long time reviewing numerous resumes of less than qualified candidates.
The Cost of a Bad Hire in the Packaging Engineering Industry
The Real Loss
The real cost of a bad hire extends beyond money. While money is easy enough to make back, mending a tarnished brand reputation, recovering associated lost business, or rectifying a ruined client relationship is much harder to regain.
In addition to the impact on your clients, bad hires can have a detrimental effect on your team. When employees are part of a team that is driven to learn, collaborate and take pride in their work, their efficiency increases. The opposite is also true. Hiring an employee that can’t carry their weight and doesn’t mesh with your current team will decrease morale, which in turn leads to decreased productivity. Essentially, one bad hire can derail an entire project.
Why do bad hires happen?
The number one cause of a bad hire is when companies are trying to fill a position quickly. Rather than spending the time vetting the candidates until they find someone qualified, they look to fill the position as fast as possible and end up with an employee that isn’t a good fit for that role.
Similarly, another main reason for a failed hire is that the recruiters or hiring company didn’t understand the employee’s skill set well enough. In a highly technical field like packaging engineering, this happens frequently to recruiters without a background in the packaging industry.
Leveraging the Right Recruiter
Often when staffing for packaging engineering roles, general recruiting companies lack the industry-specific knowledge to be able to determine if the candidate is well suited for the position they are hiring for. They often produce a large pool of candidates that have few of the skills needed to succeed in the position. This prolongs the process, having companies weed through a large pile of partially qualified candidates, which ends up increasing the cost in the long run.
In specialized industries like packaging engineering, it’s exceedingly important to be able to do more than just check off boxes on a list to see if the candidate meets requirements. With the multitude of materials, components, processes, regulations, and industries within packaging engineering, it takes a recruiter that has experience with the industry to understand both the project requirements and the engineer’s capabilities.
In contrast, working with recruiters with a
background in engineering will result in a small pool of highly qualified
candidates; generating a much quicker process and much more aligned results
candidate for the hiring company.
Importance of Hiring the Right Talent
When you find an engineer that aligns to your project needs, it adds tremendous value to your packaging department, beyond that of the performance of that individual. Placing a candidate that fits into the culture you value and has the expertise your team was missing can increase morale, enable knowledge sharing and increase overall team productivity.
Avoiding the Cost of a Bad Hire
In order to avoid the high cost of hiring the wrong talent, consider using a recruiting company that knows the packaging industry. Recruiters, like ours at Adept Talent, have a background in engineering, so they’re familiar with the array of projects, skillsets and unique challenges encountered within the industry. They have a vetted pipeline of candidates with a diversity of expertise, which allows them to provide a concise pool of qualified candidates, quickly, significantly increasing the likelihood of a successful placement. Whether you’re in need of specific expertise or a complete packaging department, our team can provide the right resources, right when you need them.
As an added bonus, we thought it might be helpful for companies wishing to design sustainable E-Commerce packaging, to have access to these 8 considerations:
1. Align Your Goals
Make sure you align your sustainability strategies, priorities, and actions with your stakeholders (suppliers etc.).
2. Design for Recyclability
Avoid over designing with special inks, coatings, or lamination that can reduce the recyclability and sustainability of the packaging.
3. Avoid Over-Packaging
Minimize the amount of material included in your packaging. Not only does it reduce material waste, but it reduces material cost, inventory, transportation weight, and storage cost.
4. Know Your Product
Explore shipping options outside of the standard cardboard box. Understand your product needs to determine if your packaging must be water-resistant, flexible, soft etc. and redesign with a sustainable mindset.
5. Avoid Excess Padding
Remove foam peanuts, shredded paper, etc. and utilize inserts instead if necessary.
6. Avoid Mixed-Materials
Avoid paper-out, poly bubble lined mailer envelopes. The mixed-material composition makes it difficult to separate and prevent them from being recyclable.
7. Choose Sustainable Materials
When deciding on material options, consider biodegradable, compostable and recyclable options.
8. Communicate Recyclability
One of the biggest issues in waste reduction are consumers. Educating and communicating the end of life options for your packaging is necessary so consumers understand how to close the loop.
At a time when unemployment is low and competition for talented employees is high, hiring can be difficult. But the cost of a bad hire is greater than waiting for the right one. Here are some ideas on how to find the people who align with your plans to grow and share your vision.
Ask Your Own Network of Industry Professionals
People you have worked with over the years will know what traits you value in an employee, what skills are most important and what qualities drive you crazy and you wouldn’t hire. Your network will be able to speak to the kind of leader you are and how you manage.
Leverage Your Connections
Ask your employees, customers and former colleagues for referrals. When appropriate, offer referral bonuses. Many times, this is less expensive and more targeted than a job board.
Hang Out with Candidates Online
One of the best places to find future employees is using the same resources as they do. Join blogs, forums and LinkedIn groups specific to the types of talent you are trying to attract. Look for user groups on Twitter or Facebook groups that appeal to your target audience.
Leverage Your Website
Create a career page on your website to make jobs easily accessible and create an easy process to apply. Make certain your website is optimized for mobile since more and more candidates are viewing opportunities on their phones.
Get the Word Out
Never underestimate the power of networking. If you are hiring locally, talk to other local business owners and let them know you are hiring. They also have a network of contacts they can leverage on your behalf.
Use Industry Specific Job Boards
Increase your visibility by posting jobs in places where your target talent will see it. Many industries have industry or job-specific posting sites that allow you to focus your search in specific areas.
Use Social Media
Social media is another way to not only get the word out to your network of contacts, but reach their contacts. Look at local Facebook groups, industry LinkedIn pages or just ask your friends and connections to share your posts with their connections.
Grow Your Own Talent
Consider creating internship programs as a way to add to your recruiting pipeline and invest in your company’s future. Many seniors and graduate students from colleges and universities welcome the opportunity to get real-world experience and get an extra advantage over other graduates when entering the workforce.
Go Back to College
Many graduates stay connected to their college and university alumni centers and former professors and classmates. Build relationships with the professors and staff at local schools (or schools specific to your needs) to help identify up and coming talent.
Participate in Career Fairs
School or community career fairs are a great way to network and meet active job seekers. Almost like speed dating, career fairs allow you to interview multiple candidates in a short period of time.
Use a Recruiter
A truly skilled recruiter knows to ask about more than a college degree and years of experience. They know to ask about what you want that we won’t see on a resume. We know what drives and motivates candidates to make a change and how you and your company can align to meet those qualities.
Leverage the Adept Talent Team
Owned, operated and recruited by engineers, the agile team at Adept Talent will leverage our global packaging pipeline to quickly help you find the talent you’re looking for.
Whether you require knowledge of packaging materials or business processes, our recruiters can provide additional resources, specific expertise, or a complete packaging department, right when you need it.
While there are many approaches to finding your own employees, the best solution is to try multiple avenues to see what works best for you and your company’s needs. If all else fails, our team at Adept Talent sources packaging experts for the most iconic brands in the Food, Beverage, CPG and Life Sciences industries.
Margin improvement for packaging requires a methodology that identifies and evaluates all the sources of cost within the packaging process to reduce waste, optimize for efficiency and add value. Adept Packaging’s Value Design Model Analyzes spend throughout your packaging program, from concept to commercialization. This methodology provides a holistic view of cost savings opportunities, while identifying and correcting inefficiencies.
Evaluate Your Package Design
When designing a
new package or remediating an existing design, there are many factors to
consider to reduce cost. With new and innovative concepts being engineered
every day, rethinking the material, components, and design of your packaging
can significantly reduce cost.
When you engage a consultancy like Adept Packaging, companies gain access to incredibly diverse teams of packaging subject matter experts with a multitude of materials, components, processes, and technologies. Experience enables our team to identify the attributes of your preferred packaging design and offer suggestions to improve, amend, and adapt for cost savings.
Know the Drivers Impacting Packaging
Another consideration when designing packaging is e-commerce market growth. Among other drivers in the packaging world, packaging for e-commerce demands attention. Considering the complexity introduced by the additional touchpoints throughout the distribution environment, packaging needs to be robust enough to protect the product and brand integrity. With experts in e-commerce and sustainability, our team can help to reduce the costs associated with damage and product loss.
Analyze Your Procurement Strategies
In addition to packaging design, analyzing your packaging procurement strategies is an important focus area for margin improvement. Often companies use the same supplier for years without evaluating other options. Taking the time to do an analysis of, not only your suppliers but your purchasing schedule will give your procurement team a more transparent view of possible avenues to cost savings.
Through our extensive experience and visibility into the packaging industry, Adept Packaging has developed a thorough benchmark of the capabilities, advantages, and drawbacks of packaging suppliers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), contract packagers and other adjacent companies within the packaging industry. Being supplier and material agnostic, allows us to help you identify the best solution to fit your pricing, quantity and quality needs.
This process helps in identifying & utilizing new packaging technologies, accelerating project schedules, expediting sample/prototype deliveries, lowering package pricing and enhancing overall technical packaging support to provide you the lowest total landed cost.
Examine Operations Optimization
Often, operations are an area that can be optimized significantly as well. Companies often overlook the maintenance of overall equipment effectiveness; only evaluating it when production volume dips significantly or they’re experiencing an uptick in failures.
Leveraging our operational equipment experts and best in class process efficiency tools, companies have been able to identify areas of improvement in OEE of up to 20%. From line and plant efficiencies to production and process effectiveness, our team will analyze your operations and make suggestions to improve overall productivity and reduce cost.
Increase Efficiency in Your Supply Chain
Analyzing distribution costs and shipping efficiencies in your supply chain can be another area of margin improvement. From finding more efficient ways to package products for shipment, to examining shipping patterns, there are many different factors that can be reevaluated to reduce cost throughout the supply chain.
Our supply chain
gurus have experience working with the most complex regulations, in the most
demanding distribution environments in the packaging industry. With an aim to
reduce risk, ensure compliance, and safeguard distribution qualification, our
team will identify and mitigate any quality issues throughout your distribution
Value Design Model for Packaging Margin Improvement
Our subject matter experts deploy our Value Design Model to deliver margin improvement and to identify a comprehensive view of process inefficiencies, redundancies, supplier network gaps, material expenditures and areas for improvement within your packaging and logistics departments.
Utilizing our vast network of SMEs, as well as our extensive supplier network, Adept Packaging provides our clients with immediate process improvements, design specifications, and testing recommendations, as well as other recommendations for margin improvement.
The Adept Packaging Value Design Model, featured in the graphic below, serves as a guide for driving value across your packaging supply chain.
Contact us to help you reduce cost, increase margins and add quality to your packaging supply chain today.