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3 Ways to Improve Your Packaging Efficiency

Edition: January / 20183 Ways to Improve Your Packaging Efficiency

AP&P's Annual Holiday Luncheon

What's Happening

AP&P celebrated the holidays with their Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 15th. Along with enjoying a great meal, employees participated in a white elephant gift exchange and a contest for the "Ugliest Holiday Attire". (A photo of the contest participants is above).

Laughs and fun were had by all, as everyone got the chance to enjoy some time together outside of the office. From all of us at AP&P, we hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and we are looking forward to another great year in 2018!

3 Ways to Improve Your Packaging Efficiency

Tips & How-To's

Are you looking to package your products more efficiently?

Maybe you need to reduce costs, or speed up your packaging process to cope with demand. Or maybe you just want to make sure that your packaging process is as efficient as possible. 

Whatever your reasons, here are 3 tips that will help you increase your packaging efficiency.

1. Use Automation to Streamline Your Process

Automatic and semi-automatic packaging equipment can both save money and increase efficiency in your warehouse. By speeding up the packaging process, these machines allow businesses to turn more product out each day, while freeing up the warehouse staff to focus on other tasks. 

Take for example, a stretch wrapping machine with a built-in scale. Investing in one of these will increase efficiency by lowering the amount of time that a worker spends weighing and wrapping products for shipment, and it will increase the consistency of the output, thereby decreasing the cost of damaged product. 

2. Invest in Preventative Maintenance

There's never a good time for a machine to break down, and it seems it always happens at the worst possible times. Whenever this happens, it is devastating to your packaging efficiency.

Scheduling routine equipment maintenance is a vital part of keeping your packaging running smoothly. Make sure you are regularly checking and replacing worn parts in order to prevent issues before they occur. By having a maintenance schedule, you can plan for your downtime and adjust accordingly, rather than scrambling when a component fails.

3. Focus on Continuous Improvement

Year to year, the requirements of your packaging will differ. Your production volumes will vary, you may introduce new products, and your personnel will change (just to name a few). All of these changes can really mess with your packaging efficiency unless you evaluate your process regularly!

It's important to analyze the steps involved in your packaging process on a regular basis to see if there is room for improvement, or if a recent change has caused a decrease in efficiency. Make sure that you are consistently evaluating so that you can identify improvement opportunities.

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With our diagnostic tool, we will walk you through analyzing your operations in 5 steps:

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  3. Supply Chain Analysis
  4. Workloading Analysis
  5. Solutions Selection

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She has fifteen years experience in customer service, having spent five years in printing and packaging, and another ten years in distribution. 

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