If your warehouse needs to be prepared for sudden peaks in demand, your entire operation needs to be as flexible as possible. That means a much faster, more consistent packaging line that won’t break a sweat under pressure.

Here’s the four best ways you can do just that:

  1. Free up staff

    There’s a whole bunch of packaging solutions that can help you increase the efficiency of each stage of your packaging line. Adding automated packaging machinery, for example, frees up staff to focus on those tasks that require more thought and initiative.

    Or, if your packaging operatives frequently slow down when carefully packing fragile or delicate items, then introducing specialist packaging materials such as suspension packaging and retention inserts may help to speed things up. By getting rid of the need for void-fill, solutions such as these can speed up how packing operatives securely pack items.

  1. Increase the volume

    A lot of the time, the reason warehouses need a quicker operation is to help cope with a higher throughput due to increasing delivery deadlines. There are lots of automated and semi-automated packaging solutions, as well as alternative packaging materials,which can help you improve productivity to cope with these peaks in demand. For example, self-erecting crash-lock boxes let operatives package products much faster, which is ideal if you want to increase the volumes through existing packing stations.

    Or, you could get an automated strapping machine to increase the speed your packages can be secured for shipping. As a bonus, they’re fully mobile so you can move them to any packing station experiencing high throughput.

  1. Make it consistent

    When loads shift or become loose, retrieving, restacking and repacking them usually means diverting resource from elsewhere on the packaging line and ultimately slows down overall production. Making sure your packaging is of a consistently high quality can help to substantially reduce the cost of handling returns and replacing damaged products.

    For example, the stability and security of a palletised load that’s been machine-wrapped is much better than one that’s been hand-wrapped, which is why automated and semi-automated stretch-wrapping solutions are better for this kind of operation.

  2. Get a tailored workflow

    Getting a complete overview of all the steps involved in the packaging and distribution process makes it easy to tailor a workflow where items move smoothly from the point at which they arrive, right up until they’re dispatched. Designing a workflow like this can help to remove any unnecessary work, streamline your processes and make sure every material and technology used is perfect for your business.

Want to learn more? Download this free guide to speeding up your packaging.