The past two years have flown by - You have made it through oil spills, backed-up container ships, labor shortages, soaring freight costs, supply of basic raw materials on hold, and everything else thrown at you. So, what's next? How do you continue to pick yourselves up loss after loss? There are ways to plan when you don't know what the future holds. You can prepare for the future without predicting it, and Component Packaging can help.
The thought of hiring a third party to handle the processes your company has grown accustomed to can be overwhelming. Your company is meaningful to you, and it's okay to doubt a contract packager's abilities to assist in the areas you lack. Here we discuss what a contract packager does, help you evaluate if your company could benefit from one, and what our third-party packing company can do for you.
After a year of change, you might be ready to give your employees a well-deserved rest. If your company is in-house packaging your products, there are options to make your team's lives a lot easier, allowing you to hit the ground running in the new year. We want to shed some light on outsourcing and the difference it can make in your business and how our third-party partnership can help.
Looking back on 2021, the easiest thing to do might be to let out a sigh of relief. Whether you had a year full of booming business or another year full of shutdowns and setbacks, we can all relish the fact that it is nearly over. We thank those that continue displaying resilience and trust in Component Packaging. If you are working in an industry that has gone through a transition, we know this year has been full of trials, and we don’t take your trust lightly. We strive to meet expectations, and we promise to keep meeting them as we enter the new year. Looking back on 2021 may be overwhelming, but the future is bright.
If you are a frequent Amazon shopper, an introvert who just prefers ordering online, run a business that relies on products, or just pay general attention to the world, you may be panicking at the shipping delays occurring. Products are on backorder, and many retailers are not sure when product availability will return. If you are in the shipping and packing industry, there is a good chance you are being affected by the recent oil spills, increased port volumes, extended hours, or rising costs.
If you are in shipping and manufacturing, you know about the product curtailments, the roller coaster of prices on metal and other raw materials, labor shortages, and other challenges facing you over the last two years. These challenges impact the supply chain from start to finish, leaving some end-users and clients with the shortest end of the stick. We’ve put together a few details that give a little explanation, info on how these challenges impact Component Packaging, and what we are doing to combat them.
Scales are our lifeblood. At Component Packaging, every project depends on one or more sets of scales. We prioritize precision and accuracy when we build kits and package your parts. We have the scales necessary to weigh and count your nuts, bolts, screws, and whatnots to fit your kits down to the teenth.
When you take on a project at your company that is outside of your normal projects, they are called special projects. These projects may take special training, more hours, time, precision, and space to execute. We know that the elements to these special projects can cost you more money and cause you to lose essential workers for other projects. Your team can do their jobs well, but are they trained for your special projects? This is where we, Component Packaging, step in.
Large part assembly is packaging parts for kits that are larger than small fastener kitting. This means that the parts themselves are larger like heavier bolts, nuts, screws that cannot go through normal packaging machines. This also means that there may be many fasteners in multiple bags that go into a master package like a box, heavy bag, or even directly onto the pallets. These parts need special attention and scales to be able to weigh them because of the complex nature of the kit as a whole. It takes a different process and many stages to become a final kit through large part assembly.
Quality is our number one priority at Component Packaging. We deliver products that make us proud. In our packaging department, we’re ready to handle your kitting assembly, sorting, hand-packaging, and more. Whether we’ve kitted, repackaged, or your product has gone through our quality assurance services, we do whatever it takes to deliver products above expectations.
Master bagging, or master kitting, is the process of grouping kits together in larger kits for different purposes of the end-user. This means there are standard kits a cabinet installer might use to install a cabinet door. Then there is the number of kits within a bigger set, so the number of cabinet doors the installer handles in a day or for a particular job.
Kitting is putting several items into a specific container to make it easier to use the products. Instead of counting eight bolts, eight washers & eight nuts out of a large box of fasteners to use/assemble something, the parts have been pre-counted into smaller usable quantities. This group of items can then go into a master carton with the other needed items or be used at an assembly line for efficiency & speed.
How you build and review your strategy varies. You can see which areas may have drained you in the last year when reviewing your expenses. You might find that your packaging and distributing costs were outrageous or too much to justify doing on your own. Maybe your end-user gave feedback that your packaging was inconvenient or took a lot of time to sort.
Business is booming at Component Packaging. Despite so many things going on in the world, our clients are still as happy as ever! We are looking at expanding our company by adding additional services or becoming a master distributor of any specialty item. We are also open to an entirely new line of business.
Companies are coming up with ways to recreate themselves. They have no choice. Companies are branching out, and manufacturers are venturing into new areas. They are struggling through supply chain challenges & employee issues when employees need to quarantine or stay at home pending test results.
Clients are having trouble getting parts. With unprecedented times, everyone, including the parts manufacturing companies, is having a hard time meeting high demands. The manufacturers are likely limiting hours or having A/B shifts to contain the spread of any virus. Whatever the reason, the parts are limited, time is crunched, we hear you.
We know the fastener industry is a competitive one. So, how do you add value to your services? Getting a leg up on your competitors can be tedious and frustrating to find ways to be more efficient and outshine other fastener companies. The best strategy is to know what you are doing. When you know how to communicate with your clients about their wants, and then understand their needs that they might not even know of, you can provide a higher quality service. Clients will utilize and refer other businesses to companies that offer the best product and solutions.
How much will packaging cost? When you hear the answer or think, "We'll have our warehouse package our own product," you may not realize how much packaging products yourself costs. Without a system in place for each of your products, it will take more time and money to get set up.
Hoards of manufacturers depend on Chinese shipping and manufacturing. In light of the Coronavirus, and other world events, many of America’s manufacturers from auto to appliance industries are finding their products elsewhere. This causes bumps in the road when things don’t ship as fast or in the same packaging they used to. The not so delicate system of manufacturing flowing from one place to another has been disrupted over and over again in the last decade. It’s now unwise for many manufacturers to rely on shipping from China. Their uncertainties are too great, and the risk is far too high to get the job done.
The manufacturing industry is grinding its gears to meet new protocols and standards in every industry. The products and pieces for medical fields, furniture, auto parts, all have to start somewhere. They are held together by nuts, bolts, spacers, and many other parts.
We are surrounded by convenience, self-service, and personalized needs. We see the solution to many of these changes in manufacturing specifically. Justifying the cost of abundant labor to count fasteners, assemble items, or sort the tedious parts of your project is no longer necessary. Component Packaging facilitates these needs by being the problem solver for your company. We take on your difficult problems with ease by taking the time-eating source of labor out of your process and providing you with finished boxes of ready-to-use kits at a fixed cost.
In theory, tariffs are supposed to make U.S.-made products more affordable than imported ones. The good news is, we always keep your bottom line in mind. If you were importing products already packaged, the new tariff is probably increasing your costs. No worries! You can do your packaging domestically with Component Packaging.
We have added a brand new packaging line to our automated production area. This new piece of equipment from Automated Packaging brings state-of-the-art technology as well as enhanced capabilities. The new bagging machine joins the 9 other production lines bringing us to a total of 10 automated packaging lines.