Upon investigation, our packaging experts soon noticed that the board grades used in all of their food packaging products were unfortunately not adequate for the job at hand, and their pallet stack patterns had not been optimised – causing issues in transit that could easily be avoided.
In terms of their processes, it also soon became clear that they needed a fresh look at their stockholding approach and lead times. A new solution was definitely required, one that would give them the flexibility to adapt to changing customer demands without impacting on output.
In order to address the existing problems, we conducted line-by-line trials to identify and implement the correct board grades across the range of cartons they use, to achieve the guaranteed strength and performance needed. We also advised on and implemented stack pattern best practice, improving pallet optimisation while also reducing packaging waste.
To solve the stock sticking-points, we set the client up with our MySupply online ordering portal and put a ‘stock and store’ solution in place to help them. This allows them to view available stock for call-off, access daily deliveries on a just-in-time basis, while also giving them the facility to run spend and packaging waste reports for deeper insights and better operational management.