I’m reposting this article in light of a recent initiative by the folks at Malt-O-Meal; @MaltOMeal . Here is a link to their Bag the Box initiative: http://bagthebox.com/ . Read on for an additional perspective yielding the same great results.
We all see it everyday in the grocery aisle; a box with a bag of food inside. The box (folding carton, chip board carton) of course serves as a “great billboard to market the product to the consumer”. However it just doesn’t make sense anymore. The flexographic printing capabilities for film have come a long way. Printed film creates a great looking package and it is very functional in bringing product to the consumer. Printed film diminshes the need for the the wasteful carton; an obvious benefit to the consumer. And at a huge cost savings to the manufacturer/copacker! How? … Simple.
Cost of Printed Film per Package vs. Cost of Plain Film and Printed Carton – Printed Film wins hands down as the low cost alternative!
Cost of operating Vertical or Horizontal Form/Fill and Conveyor (Printed Film) vs. Cost of operating Vertical or Horizontal Form Fill, Conveyeo, Cartoner, and Conveyor (Plain Film and Carton) – Printed Film wins again as the low cost alternative!
Cost of Labor (# of employees required) for Vertical or Horizontal Form/Fill and Conveyor (Printed Film) vs. Cost of Labor (# of employees required) Vertical or Horizontal Form Fill, Conveyeo, Cartoner, and Conveyor (Plain Film and Carton) – Printed Film wins yet again as the low cost alternative!
Continue to look at the cost of corrugated shippers: Printed Film/Bags would reduce the size of the shipper required. – WIN!
Smaller corrugated shipper would equate to increased case count per pallet. – WIN!
Increased case count per pallet equates to more product per truckload. – WIN!
This is just scracthing the surface folks and we are close to removing $0.10 from the per package cost. At 1 million packages run, that is a savings of $100,000.00! Who wants to walk away from that and why?
-Michael O’Keefe is the Director of Sales at Pioneer Packaging in Chicago
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