December 6, 2015
So you only deal with small users? No, we have users of all sizes.
So what do we offer a larger user?
What defines our customers is they have a need that we can meet. For start-ups we offer knowledge of how to supply a box that meets their marketing and financial needs. Our larger users often use our experience to ensure that their current box is in the right grade that gets their product to the end user in good nick but is also the most cost effective.
One of the issues we find with our larger users is that they have trouble predicting demand. There is nothing worse than having orders to fulfil but no boxes to ship especially when you don’t have sophisticated stock management software or large purchasing departments.
A strategy we employ is to look at ordering patterns and to predict when demand will increase. So a weekly phone call to keep on top of things mean that you get the reminder you need but the call comes with some science so is welcomed as a valid part of your Boxologist’s service.
We can also do stock checks for you by counting your stock in your warehouse and recommending order quantities to you. Maybe Consignment stock might work. This means that we put stock on your floor and charge for what you use.
For some customers we hold buffer stock so if you get caught short we can deliver a pallet from our floor to keep you shipping.
For others we supply all stock from our floor so we maintain a stock level and supply as needed. As you take stock we take the responsibility of topping up in the most cost effect order quantities.
All of these services mean that there is a high level of partnership between you and your Boxologist. Our goals are to ensure that your KPIs are being met which often means boxes ready to pack, minimise costs, and sometimes, minimise box footprint in your warehouse.
Ask your Boxologist how we can help you meet your needs. We are happy to help.
October 18, 2015
It is getting to that time again. Planning for the Christmas sales explosion and the time when you are on leave and what your box needs will be is not all that complicated but is made difficult more because it is a last minute thought. While I will do a lot of business out of people being disorganised, we offer a few tips to help our customers plan. So how do you work out your Christmas box needs?
What is your sales forecast?
OK, many of you are thinking it is not that simple!! Problem is some planning is better than none. So look at your sales forecast against box usage. If you are expecting to do 50% of your sales in the last 3 months of the year then you will need to have 50% of your box usage orders planned. But I don’t want to be overstocked!! I hear you call. One solution is to give your Boxologist a forward order for October, November and December to be confirmed at the end of the first week of each month. That way the bulk of the work is done in advance and can be fine tuned as you go.
If things get hectic at your place then talk to your Boxologist about scheduling a call at particular times to remind you to check usage and forecast. What about setting minimum stock levels and having your Boxologist monitor your levels via email or visiting and recommending order quantities for your approval?
Before you go on leave talk to your Boxologist about possible needs that may arise and introduce us to someone who will look after box supply in your absence. Luckily we are always available to meet your needs.
Boxology is not Rocket Surgery but relies on some planning.
Ask your Boxologist. We are happy to help.
September 27, 2015
Packaging tape, how simple is this? Well, I am learning about the different types of adhesives available and what they are good for.
Once you get into any subject you find what looks so simple has levels of complexity that is hidden until you dig.
Acrylic adhesive packaging tape
Often described as a budget packaging tape because it is cheaper. Some find it doesn’t stick to boxes!! Generally Acrylic tapes have good adhesive performance but the bond improves over time. Acrylic tapes are recommended for taping boxes that will be used in a cold environment.
- Cost effective
- Bond improves over time
- Performs well in Cold environments
- Have better heat, UV and shear resistance
- Can be hard to stick initially
- Not suited to dusty environments
- Can be hard to stick to recycled cardboard
Hot Melt Rubber Adhesive packaging tape
Great all-rounder best used in normal environmental conditions. Known for quick, consistent and reliable bond and excellent strength in transport.
- Quick bond
- Secure over time
- Not ideal in cold conditions
Natural Rubber Adhesive packaging tape
King of packaging tape. Has similar properties to Hot Melt Adhesive but more aggressive. It has better hold and can be used in dusty environments.
- Hi Tack
- Great for recycled cardboard
- Great for heavy loads
- More expensive
In conclusion, if being cost effective is important you may need to give Acrylic tape time for the bond to increase to get best results. If tape and forget in normal environments is what you are after then a Hot Melt tape is recommended. If you have heavy loads in unfriendly conditions then Natural Rubber may be just the ticket.
Ask your Boxologist. We are happy to help.
August 8, 2015
What I love when talking to new box users is explaining the complexities that can be involved in packing a product. The right box for the product can depend on the protection needed, the positioning that the company wants for the product and the packaging budget. Unfortunately these factors can compete. Other issues can be the quantity required to purchase to make the box cost effective and whether the user can actually store a cost effective quantity (“my wife said that if I put one more thing in this house she’ll . . .” starting out entrepreneur). One simple answer is stock holding boxes. We will hold up to 3 months stock and allow you to take small quantities as required. We handle this by invoicing for the total quantity when manufactured and for any extra deliveries as deliveries are made. We are happy to help!