Shipping rooms mark the point where products can be turned into profits, yet countless operations hurt their profitability by lacking efficiency. Without the right practices and shipping room requirements solutions, businesses could be increasing their overhead and eating into their full growth potential.
Don’t let this happen to your packaging operation! Here are three solutions you can implement to reduce your costs, improve productivity, and earn better margins that can be used to help your company grow.
Ergonomic, Intuitive Picking and Packing Stations
Countless packaging and fulfillment operations utilize picking and packing layouts that increase worker effort and stress and raise the chances of injury.
To improve efficiency and reduce worker fatigue from repetitive tasks, items to be shipped must be arranged on storage racking in a logical way. The arrangement should be dictated based on statistical analysis of prior sales benchmarks. More popular items should be waist-high for manual picking or at floor level for forklift-assisted shipping tasks.
Aim to reduce the amount of movement and in-between steps workers must perform before a completed parcel or pallet is ready to be picked up by freight services. Adding motorized roller systems, for instance, can eliminate the need for workers to physically carry objects in carts before they can be packed.
Case Transports and Self-Printed Cartons
Self-printing your own shipping cases and cartons eliminates several sources of inefficiency and waste within your operation. Firstly, you can reduce costs by not having to order pre-printed cartons from a supplier or printer. Being able to order blank cases and cartons can help you attain better cost savings through bulk ordering.
Secondly, you can eliminate the bottlenecks associated with needing a pre-printed carton inventory by being able to print on demand. There’s no danger that production needs to halt because someone failed to anticipate demand, creating the need to order additional pre-printed cases.
Print-on-demand capability can also reduce waste by keeping up with changes in your production labeling requirements or your product line. If, for instance, you decide to pack in 20 items to a case as opposed to 24, you no longer have to waste existing “24” marked cartons and can instead begin creating properly marked cartons once the decision is finalized.
Self-printing requires a case transport system as well as an industrial inkjet printer. The costs of procuring this equipment can be reclaimed over a short ROI cycle, thanks to the above efficiencies.
Automated Case Sealers
Manual tape processes inevitably create mistakes, leading to decreased productivity, wasted tape consumables, and frequent damage to cases that results in additional waste.
Comparatively, automated case sealers can dramatically increase the throughput speed of your shipping operation while reducing the risk of mistakes. There is also no need for downtimes for worker shifts or breaks. The Eastey TB-2 top and bottom case sealer, for instance, can output 30 sealed cases per minute. Adjustable automatic case sealers can recoup ROI quickly, since they can be rapidly adjusted to accommodate various case sizes and varying requirements.
Get the Right Shipping Room Requirements Solutions for Your Operation With Raab Sales
These are just some examples of shipping room requirements solutions that can be attained through adjusting your shipping room equipment and process. Raab Sales can customize your solutions based on your company’s unique requirements and challenges. Our expertise can help you procure the exact equipment needed to make your operations more efficient and profitable.