How to prepare packing environments for a greener New Year

Monday, 17 December 2018

Hands up all those that can say, hand on heart, that their packaging process is lean and green. Define lean and green you say? Ok, let’s put it another way.  Is your packing process waste free, is all of your packaging sustainable and is it impossible to improve the process of packing goods any further?  We suspect a few arms just dropped back down again.

In fairness, very few businesses can say that they can’t make more improvements. There will always be new ways to streamline processes, and there will always be new technology to make processes faster and slicker.

What we can do however, is makes strides to make the packaging process as lean and green as possible.

The lean, green, packaging checklist

The actual process of becoming lean is, in itself, time-consuming. However, it’s not wasted time as it can deliver more value to the business as well as the customer. 

Being lean is about reducing waste and delivering more value to the customer. But with so many consumers switching to sustainably driven brands, businesses have to begin to take action to avoid losing customers in the future.

Start saving time and saving money now

As time is money it’s important to eliminate waste. Try using a stop watch to calculate the waste, e.g.:

  • The movement of goods; delays in unloading, delays in movement of goods to storage, misplacement of goods, incorrect documentation etc.
  • Productivity of people; waiting for goods to arrive, waiting for goods to be packed, the movement of people, slow packing, comfort breaks or poor packing leading to re-packing.
  • Defective goods; identifying defects, amending paperwork, finding replacement goods, processing returns due to damage in transit.

Start the new year by introducing these green packaging processes

  • Sustainability: Switch to environmentally friendly packaging where possible using packaging that can be traced to sustainable sources, re-use any packaging waste, promote your sustainability practices, use low energy packing machines to reduce carbon footprint.
  • Storage: Minimise the movement of goods, use low volume green packaging consumables for on-demand packaging at point of use, ensure goods are easy to access, minimise the movement of packed goods to despatch.
  • Packing areas Use small footprint packing machines, fully utilise packing stations, make all packaging consumables and data available at the point of packing, train staff to use exact measures of packaging suitable for each item, set time limits for packing each item – THINK TWICE AND PACK ONCE!

Consumers are driving a fundamental change towards sustainable and responsible packing which could, in the future, lead to new legislation. By making a few responsible changes to the way that you manage waste and pack your goods, you will improve your brand reputation and be more profitable too.

Our engineers are experts at creating effective and sustainable packing stations, so why not contact us or book a free Packaging Audit and see what improvements you could make. Alternatively, you can view our full product range here.

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