Since packaging materials play an important role in protecting products, it’s important to know what qualities purchasing managers should look for when choosing between different brands and suppliers.
As with many other supplies, price is a primary concern; however, it’s not the be-all and end-all factor, especially since the deliberation process also needs to take into consideration the transportation, storage and delivery of the products to your consumer’s hands in tip-top shape.
Any warehouse manager knows that the right packaging material can help reduce breakage, product returns, tampering, spoilage and a slew of other things. In general, look for the following quality in packaging materials:
1. Durable and high quality
Before ordering en masse, learn about the product you want by getting samples and comprehensively testing for build quality and durability. Many entrepreneurs tend to skip this process altogether and end up with poor quality packaging materials or materials that aren’t necessarily the right fit for the job.
2. Cost-effective and convenient
As we’ve established before, price isn’t everything when it comes to choosing packaging supplies, but it still has a significant impact that should not be overlooked. Find products and suppliers that offer the right balance between price and quality.
Additionally, consider the convenience and ease of dealing with a supplier. Do they deliver all over Australia? Avoid delays by asking them how many days it would take to deliver your order. Ask these questions and other policies to ensure that you’re getting the packaging supplies in the most convenient way possible for you.
3. Tamper-evident and secure
Another important factor to consider in choosing packaging materials is security. Go for products that have safety features and tamper-evident seals. Use products such as container seals, shrink wraps, water-activated tapes and poly straps as a deterrent for tampering and theft. Opaque wraps also helps in obscuring the products for extra security.
4. Environment-friendly and legally compliant
The Australian Government and the National Environment Protection Measure strongly support the Australian Packaging Covenant in managing the environmental impact of packaging. As such, suppliers and consumers alike should share responsibility in the reuse, reprocessing and conservation of packaging supplies.
Choose products that are environmentally-friendly and legally compliant with logistics and shipping laws and regulations. Also, make sure that the products you are buying don’t infringe on pre-existing copyrights and patents.
5. Comes with quality customer service
Aside from product quality, packaging supplies should come with decent customer service. Instead of just looking for products, find a partner supplier who can assist you and get the best out of the company’s budget. Great customer service can help find solutions to your packaging problems.