Packaging is Key to Your Supply Chain

A fully-integrated packaging solution drives efficiencies, lowers freight costs and eliminates waste.

When optimised, packaging can bring significant savings to your business. If you are looking to reduce freight costs and improve your distribution center (DC) performance, take a new look at your packaging. Optimised and better engineered packaging solutions can give you benefits in the following areas:

  • Ocean and air freight savings between 15% - 30%
  • Increased storage capacity in your distribution center
  • Improved efficiency for automated warehouses
  • Packaging designed for resuse
  • Reduced labor and handling costs

Rethinking materials mitigates transport cost increases and saves HP $5M

HP's packaging materials costs were increasing in China. A large percentage of their notebook business ships via airfreight, where the weight of the product and packaging has a big impact on costs. A creative approach to materials reduced the weight of the packaging by 35% and resulted in airfreight savings of $5 million.

Packaging solution reduced transport costs by millions for global apparel company

An improvement in transport carton materials and development of a standardized carton suite resulted better performance in the audomated handling system in the DC and a 98% container fill rate for ocean transport. This customer saved over $10 million in freight savings.

Optimised transport cartons for global shoe brand uses 12% less containers and saved $1 million in freight

The packaging program at this global shoe brand had already been optimised, the challenge was to prove there were more cost savings to be found. Through the packaging audit process, improvements were made to the sizing of the box to product and then to the transport container. Technical specifications were implemented across multiple countries to improve box quality and the program yielded a savings of $1.2 million for ou

Our approach

Every supply chain has inefficiencies, which presents opportunities for improvement. These inefficiencies can have an impact on your profitability. It is worthwhile to spend time uncovering different ways to make an impact.

Product Factory

Right-sized cartons and better transparency

Freight Density

Minimised empty container space and increased container utilisation

Inbound Transport

Reduced spend on ocean and air freight

Distribution center

Improved capacity and less product damage

Outbound transport

Reduced spend on outbound transport

End Customer

Increased brand satisfaction and reduce total cost

Packaging is unique to each supply chain, which makes it an ideal starting point to maximise the value received from a customised, end-to-end packaging solution.

By addressing all components of where packaging impacts your supply chain and designing a customised packaging solution we're able to drive operational savings. Our packaging solutions have yielded:

  • 15-30% freight savings
  • 40-50% product damage reduction
  • 60-80% packaging reuse savings

*Results based on historical data. Individual program results may vary.

When was the last time you evaluated your packaging?

Discovering inefficiencies in your supply chain requires a careful, deliberate approach. A customised packaging solution begins with identifying opportunities for improvement:

  • Is the total cost of your product damage higher than the industry average?
  • How does your supply chain perform along operational metrics?
  • Is your packaging designed to respond to external pressures and changes?
  • Does your packaging integrate with other parts of your business?
  • Do you have strategic company goals for sustainability?

After a full, in-depth analysis of your supply chain you’ll be presented with the areas for improvement and optimisations that will make a significant difference in your operations.

Case studies

The perfect match for a demanding supply chain

To achieve cost savings, you must look at the whole picture. This is what we do at Billerud. We helped a global apparel brand owner to cut supply...

The outside does actually matter

Sometimes, quality and uniformity are everything − especially when it comes to packaging. Billerud helped a global apparel company, with...

On the move with quality and style

Billerud substantially reduced costs while strengthening the brand image for a global footwear company. We redesigned the packaging portfolio...

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