4 Pro Pallet Wrapping Tips For Boosting Warehouse Efficiency

At Venus Packaging, we think that it’s really important for businesses to have a complete understanding of the life of their products. Whether you’re running a high street restaurant and packing ingredients into walk in fridges, or you’re unloading and reloading bulk orders in a distribution centre; you’ve got know how to move your profits both safely and efficiently.

This is no mean feat if you’re managing a warehouse that handles hundreds, even thousands of product pallets every day. Without a clear and logical system in place, things get lost, damaged, or end up in the wrong place. So, for maximum efficiency, your guys on the ground need to know exactly what to do to get orders out exactly how the customer wants them.

We have put together this useful guide to boosting warehouse efficiency with clever pallet wrapping tips and tricks. Let us help you work smarter, not harder.

Make It Easy to Access Wrapping Tools

Your pallet wrappers shouldn’t have to wander across the warehouse to find scissors, rolls of wrap, box knives, or tape dispensers. Set up small stations close to the wrapping area and have somebody refill them at the end of the night or first thing in the morning. The more time that is spent away from the pallets, the less you’ll get done, so keep the warehouse moving at a reasonable speed by making the right resources available. Visit our website to check out some of the wrapping accessories and shrink wrap on offer.  

Always Keep Standards High

The key to reaching maximum efficiency on a warehouse line is consistency. While it might feel like cutting corners will gain you time, the truth is that it often ends up taking longer to do things in the wrong way. Make an effort to keep wrapping and loading standards high, because not only will it fortify the reputation of the company, it gives employees a clear, unambiguous process to follow every single time.

Think About Investing in Automation

We understand that not every warehouse has the budget for automated wrapping machines or even has a desperate need them – smaller businesses can often get by very well with hand wrappers only. However, they are the easiest way to double your turnover. You can load, wrap, and send out twice as many pallets with a machine as you can manual workers. So, it is worth considering as an investment in your future. We have a wide selection of wrapping machines on offer; click here to take a look at them.

Be Smart About Product Arrangement

Efficient packing and loading start well before a pallet gets to the wrapping bays. It begins with the products on the shelves and their arrangement. Don’t automatically ‘break down’ bulk orders that come into the warehouse; not if they are regularly sent back out again in amounts that are just as large. For instance, you might need to send out a bulk load of mouse mats. They get delivered on pallets of 200 and a customer wants 225 individual pieces. In this scenario, you could save time by sending one whole pallet directly to the wrapping bay and manually pick only the remaining 25.

Why Wrapping and Packing It Right Does Matter

We have spent many years working closely with distribution industries and one thing that we’ve learned is that it pays to get things right first time. It is worth making the effort to put together a seamless loading and wrapping strategy. It is worth investing in high-quality equipment that can be relied upon to stay sturdy, even after the hundredth pallet of the day.  

4 Fundamental Factors to Consider When Choosing Packaging Materials

The life of a retail product can be surprisingly complex. There are all kinds of steps and stages involved between a manufacturer sending it out and a customer getting it home. Each one is an essential part of the purchasing process and represents a hundred different commitments; from designers and marketing experts to logistics teams, haulage operations, distribution centres, vendors, retail staff, customers, and more.

This is why it’s really important to make sure that the item of value at the heart of all this – be it a hat for a wedding or a vacuum-packed sandwich – is protected throughout. With the right packaging, this is easily achieved, but how do you know which options are the best? There’s a lot of choice on offer and it can be tricky sometimes to know what to look for.

Fortunately, the experts at Venus Packaging are here to help. We’ve put together this guide to the essential features that your packaging materials need to have.

Secure and Durable

While all packaging should be reasonably strong, the amount of protection needed will of course, depend on the fragility of your product. If you’re selling food items for example, freshness is a top priority. Things like bread, vegetables, sliced meats, and baked goods must be contained, so that they don’t oxidise and age faster than necessary. Vacuum sealers are a good choice because they remove the air and hold the product securely in place.

Affordable and Easy to Use

The more complex the packaging, the longer it will take you to prepare products for sale. Customers aren’t too fond of overly fussy packets either, so keep things simple with heat-sealed ‘pull open’ bags and clear, unobtrusive shrink wrap. If the packaging isn’t integrated with your branding or brand design, make sure that it doesn’t interfere with or disrupt it. This is particularly vital when it comes to things like book covers, which need to be protected in a way that doesn’t obscure any important details.  

Always Widely Available

Packaging supplies are one of those things that you’ll run out of from time to time. While sales figures will give you a good idea of what to buy and how much, there’s no real way to predict if or when you’ll experience a spike. For this reason, we recommend working with the same packaging supplier every time. Build up a trusted relationship, so that availability is always guaranteed and you’re never struggling to find a manufacturer that can meet your demands. If you’re on the hunt for a packaging supplier, head over to our contact page and get in touch.

Eco-Friendly and Legally Compliant

You’ll also need to check that your packaging supplier is adhering to all of the necessary state and national laws. The Australian government has set up the Australian Packaging Covenant to encourage all businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and sustainable packaging is a big part of this. At Venus Packaging, we only use quality materials, so that more strength, more security, and more protection can be enjoyed with less of an impact on the environment.