Contract packaging services have become more and more popular in recent years – and for good reason. More and more services are getting outsourced, after all, and packaging services are no exception. After all, you want to be sure that the packaging of your product is taken care of by professionals, and what better way to do it than by asking a contract packaging service to do what you can’t?
The advantages of a contract packaging company are simply too numerous to mention. However, how do you choose the one that is right for you, your company, your brand, or your product? What are the things you have to keep in mind? Here are the top five tips to selecting the best contract packaging company for your needs.
Are they capable?
It’s a reasonable expectation to have: your partner needs to be capable. However, your partner may have various customers, and of course they are after profit – so you want to be sure they can accommodate you as best as they can, according to your requirements. Pay a visit to the grounds and see how they operate. Don’t take their word at face value, and investigate.
Are they resourceful?
You want your packaging partner to be a problem-solver – you want them to give you their expertise and help you grow in ways you yourself would never have imagined. Resourcefulness is a key aspect. Can they solve a problem? Ask as many questions as you can.
Check the location
The closer they are located to your outlet source (factory or production facility), the less problems you should have with transportation. On the other hand, the more centrally-located they are to various distribution outlets (major motorways and connective routes), the easier your distribution of the product will be. It’s a balancing act – see which suits you best. It will, of course, affect the cost.
Flexibility is necessary
Ask yourself: as a growing company, would you want to have “last minute changes?” Would they be amenable to that?
It’s straightforward; if it doesn’t fit your budget, it’s not for you.
We mentioned budget last because – in all honesty – it’s not the major issue. Yes, of course, your budget is important (but as an accomplished business owner or manager, you already know that). However, it’s silly to make your choice based on budget alone; if you want quality, you need to be able to pay for it – and by choosing quality, the opportunities for growth are truly exponential, in ways you have never considered before. Make a shortlist and choose wisely. The right selection of the right packaging company will make your business grow in more ways than one.
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