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Save $633,744 By Changing Your Container Type

Posted by Katie Knight on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Custom_Returnable_Sleeve_PackEvery logistics manager knows that of all the costs associated with packaging, shipping, and materials handling, the costs related to expendable containers usually rank quite high.

Expendable containers can drain a significant amount of resources, costing a company a substantial amount of money over time, especially when compared to recyclable and reusable packaging.

A new eBook by Universal Package—titled Save $633,744 by Changing Your Container Type—dispels this idea. The eBook presents a detailed cost analysis of operations over five years, analyzing the impact of both returnable and expendable container types throughout the enterprise.

A cost analysis is also explored from the point of view of three considerations having to do with packaging, shipping, and material handling: cost, quality, and operational efficiency.

Cost, Quality, and Operational Efficiency

From a quality standpoint, expendable packs are often seen as a far cheaper option than returnable containers. Customers can simply throw away most expendable packs once they receive the order, so several manufacturers opt for containers that are of lower quality, and can be made of less durable materials that don’t need to last as long.

From a cost standpoint, expendable packages require a lower investment up-front than reusable containers. The initial investment usually incorporates a number of factors, such as the length of the shipping cycle (time spent in transit and at different facilities), and any cleaning or sorting operation. The type of container also matters, such as whether it’s standardized or specialized.

From the point of view of operational efficiency, expendable packaging is seen as adding far less to a company’s overall operational costs. Returnable packaging often requires you to keep track of a number of moving parts involved with shipping. And as such, you have to have staff to deal with these factors.

Cost Savings with Returnable Containers

Universal Package’s new eBook uses real data and cost analysis to show exactly how returnable containers can save a company far more over time than expendable containers. The eBook goes into remarkable detail using real dollar amounts for parts and units, and paints a clear picture of the cost savings achievable with returnable containers.

Download the eBook today, and contact Universal for any questions about your packaging and shipping needs.

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Tags: shipping containers, returnable containers, expendable containers, container cost analysis

Custom Containers Improve Return Ratio & Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted by Katie Knight on Tue, Jul 19, 2011

Custom Container

DALE, IN – Universal Package built a custom shipping box for an automotive supply company.  The one-of-a-kind plastic container is 146” long by 48” wide, by 50” tall, it has four drop doors and a 2,500 lb. weight capacity.
By replacing a smaller, non-collapsible container with a custom made, collapsible custom shipping container, Universal Package was able to increase the customer’s return ratio from 1:1 to 2:1. 
This attribute alone provided the ROI needed for its customer to justify construction of custom containers.  

Drop doors on each of the four sides were added to the configuration to provide easy access to its contents from any side, while custom dunnage was designed to hold product securely and safely. 
The custom shipping box is made of durable HDPE with Steel Fork inserts and features 4-way fork lift entry.  Universal Package's advanced cut and weld techniques guarantee container integrity and durability even at extreme dimensions.

Tags: bulk boxes, custom plastic containers, cut and welded containers, custom container