A Weighty Supply Chain Issue Solved
16 Jun 2017
The strength and durability of corrugated material is often underestimated but, as industry professionals, we know that it has the ability to provide protection for everything from delicate product parts to colossal radiators for heavy plant machinery!
It was this knowledge and ability to create packaging solutions that saw our Oxford team solve a weighty supply chain issue whereby a heavyweight pump needed adequate protection during road transit in the UK.
We streamlined the components from 6 to 3 – an outer box and two internal fittings – which allowed the pump to be encased in corrugated through a series of innovative design solutions. We also removed the plastic handles which were being used in the current pack from incumbent supplier.
As the pump weighted 17.3kg it was necessary to ensure that the product was lifted in and out of the box safely by production operative and end users, and that the pack offered adequate protection for the pump during UK road transit. Built in hand holes negated the need for plastic handles making the pack 100% recyclable and, with lock in tabs and extra pads, the product is now able to be safely packed and transported.
The new packaging has reduced damage and returns whilst also offering a saving on costs to the customer. We exceeded the customer expectations and the requirements of the brief to create a cost effective, fit for purpose supply chain solution.
This design highlights the strength that corrugated packaging can bring to protect products when designed and utilised correctly. It shows how such packaging solutions can support supply chain and logistic challenges giving customer complete confidence in our ability to deliver high quality goods, solutions and service.
Design by: Stephen Connew – Boxes and Packaging (Oxford)