Quick Pointers for Better Pack Station Efficiency

14 February 2022

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Overhauling your pack station layout can seem daunting. With material choices, workflow efficiency and even safety to consider, making note of areas for improvement can quickly become overwhelming. So to make the journey to more process-efficient, scalable packing a reality, we’ve outlined these simple points to bear in mind. 

Switch to a stock-holding agreement

Storing your packaging materials onsite can create organisational stresses and reduce storage capacities for other products. To offset this issue, consider setting up a stockholding agreement, whereby your packaging supplier will store your packaging and provide delivery on a just-in-time basis, accounting for increases over seasonal periods. 

Integrate flexible void fill dispensers

Switching to portable, modular void fill dispensers offers a range of usability benefits for warehouse staff. From lightweight, boxed paper dispensers to high-speed automated machines, integrating several transportable options into your pack stations allows staff to access void fill materials with speed and ease. 

By doing away with fixed void fill hoppers, packing operatives save time on travelling to centralised dispensers to fill cartons and parcels. Paper alternatives and air pillows also allow for more measurable, repeatable material use over time. 

Add more waste disposal points

Much like integrating lightweight void fill dispensers into your packing stations, increasing the number of waste disposal bins in your warehouse or fulfilment centre reduces pack times overall (since time spent locating and removing excess material is cut) and facilitates a simpler, streamlined clean-up during busy periods. Creating dedicated waste points for different materials also serves to improve your recycling and waste management processes too, since materials can be processed with added speed and ease.

Upgrade to automated systems

If your business is experiencing ongoing growth and a subsequent uptick in throughput, leading to more handling for warehouse staff, it may be time to consider automated packing machines to add expediency and efficiency to your operation. 

From carton erectors, box sealers and in-line labellers, to auto-folding machines and lidding units, packaging automation is the ideal choice for businesses wishing to scale for growth, letting you redirect your workforce to focus on other core duties such as order processing and loading items for transportation. 

Go bespoke

We work closely with our clients to provide expert consulting services designed to ensure their packing system is optimised, from consultation and design through to pre-production and fitting, accounting for modularity of features, build dimensions and budget.
The result is a bespoke, scalable system constructed to increase productivity, reduce waste and facilitate the precise packing needs of each business.

If you’d like to discuss changing your packaging requirements to allow for flexible stockholding and delivery services, or to learn more about high-performance automated solutions, send us a message, or phone: 01543 396700 today.

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