Within just two months of installation, the machine is already yielding many of the benefits Wayne and Antalis Packaging anticipated. According to Wayne: “We estimated that the savings the machine would deliver would enable it to pay for itself within 15 months. Most of that will come from savings on labour.”
He explains that the machine can now handle as much as 70% of orders that were previously processed manually, which amounts to around 45% of all The Book People’s orders. In fact, the only manual intervention now needed for orders being processed through the machine is when operatives place items into the box.
Time and labour aside, Wayne says that the introduction of the I-Pack has also enabled considerable savings on packaging materials, storage space and even transport. “We continue to use sleeved envelopes for some small individual items and we also need to retain some boxes for packaging over-sized orders, but overall the machine has eliminated 50% of the packaging materials we were using before. As a result, we’ve been able to reduce packaging storage by as much as 100 pallets because all of the material we use for the I-Pack machine is flat-packed. Even more impressive is the time that has been saved on monitoring our inventory of packaging materials!”
In addition, because the machine folds any void away, it has completely eliminated the need for void-fill in packages processed through the I-Pack. Aside from the material savings, this has also enabled considerable savings on transport. ”We’re not paying to transport fresh air anymore,” says Wayne. “We can now fit about 17% more packages in a container, which amounts to a saving of around one container every week."