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Packaging Optimisation

EV Cargo helps customers capture the benefits of optimal transit packaging, enhancing supply chain performance through increased control of transit packaging at origin.

Packaging Optimisation at a glance

The opportunity to unlock savings at the same time by reducing the overall volumes of cartons, pallets and containers shipped through the supply chain can achieve a ‘win-win’ for retailers: reduced environmental impact and lower supply chain costs.

Millions of pounds are wasted annually because of poor transit packaging standards. EV Cargo has assembled an effective combination of people, processes, and technology to help customers capture the benefits of optimal transit packaging. Our technical centre allows us to enhance your supply chain performance through increased control over transit packaging at origin.

Our client management and engineering services are specialists in understanding the critical impact of packaging on speed, visibility, and cost of complex global supply chains. Our packaging design, testing, and technical services work closely with your origin office, agents, and suppliers to ensure inbound packaging meets your requirements on every order.

Our solutions provide the right combination of world-class packaging expertise and ‘hands-on’ factory support to capture the savings and hold the gain.

Expertise

Our teams understand the critical impact of packaging on speed, visibility, and cost of complex global supply chains.

Working with you

We work closely with your origin office, agents and suppliers to ensure inbound packaging meets your requirements on every order.

Support

Our solutions provide world-class packaging expertise and “hands-on” factory support to ensure the most efficient solutions.

Savings

Packaging Optimisation saves money through more effective protection and a substantial improvement of product density inside cartons, pallets, and shipping containers.

Damage reduction

By better controlling carton style, specification, selection, sizing, and packing we aim for up to 20% and reductions in damage and more than 75% in product returns.

Compliance

Our solutions increase control over compliance at the pre-shipment or booking stage and ensure accurate data on carton dimensions.

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How packaging optimisation can help you

EV Cargo’s cloud-based Packaging Compliance module puts the process controls back in the hands of retailers and brand owners. Using a single point of data entry and complete visibility for both suppliers and packaging technologists it can reduce the lead time taken to agree requirements while improving transit packaging compliance, minimising damage and optimising packaging and ultimately container fill.

For one major retailer, the benefits of working with EV Cargo were immediate and obvious. The retailer’s 3,800 carton types were rationalised to just 10 – a 99% reduction – while container fill increased from 80% to a market-leading 95%.

Lead times required from approving transit packaging to raising a packing list were cut from three days to a few minutes. The target of a 15% cost saving was quickly surpassed and the retailer has experienced knock-on benefits in the warehousing organisation and their recycling rates.

Leaders of the pack

Four simple steps to improve density, damage, and data through packaging optimisation.

Step 1 – Clear, updated, and accessible transit packaging standards

At EV Cargo we typically achieve an 8-20% reduction in the outside dimension of the in-bound box. Standards and specifications are developed with a global understanding of the local cost and feasibility at each origin.

Step 2 – Training and education at the vendor and factory level

Our cloud-based technology enables retailers and vendors to share packaging guidelines and detailed carton information. Effective communication of packaging requirements ensures that each vendor has the opportunity and the accountability to be successful with local knowledge, on a global scale.

Step 3 – Compliance stage gate and pre-shipment approvals

Packaging materials, supplier audit and qualification are available at this stage to support visibility into the upstream supply chain. Merchants cannot move forward until pre-shipment compliance protocol is complete and transit packaging has been optimised according to requirements.

Step 4 – Technology to optimise data capture, load planning and visibility

Ensuring one version of truth across the supply chain, all documentation is to be provided detailing packaging standards have been met and carton dimensions have been approved, this is accessible on our cloud-based platform.

Frequently asked questions about Packaging Optimisation

Our centre in Hong Kong creates to solutions to packaging issues for companies around the world. Our systems are designed to improve density, damage, and data in four steps. Step one: Clear, updated, and accessible transit packaging standards. Step Two: Training and education at the vendor and factory level. Step Three: Compliance stage gate and pre-shipment approvals. Step Four: Technology to optimise data capture, load planning and visibility.

Savings are achieved through more effective protection and a substantial improvement of product density inside cartons, pallets, and shipping containers. With better control over carton style, specification, selection, sizing, and packing we target improvement in container utilisation between 5-20% and reductions in damage and product returns by more than 75%. These savings increase exponentially for air freight and e-commerce where the ‘right-size’ and ‘right spec’ for shipping cartons can lead to the elimination of volumetric penalties. Customers pay to ship more product, not air or excessive corrugate, at the expensive rates.

Our solutions increase control over compliance at the pre-shipment or booking stage and ensure accurate data on carton dimensions. The optimised designs and dimensions, managed with visibility via our on-line packaging portal, establish consistency across your factory base, and ensure accurate dimensional data. These optimal, visible, and accurate dimensions create savings on the individual boxes and improve planning at all stages of the inbound journey. Origin partners can more confidently manage the “orders” by choosing the right equipment by carrier with the right vessel, port & rail combination. Destination DC can more confidently plan and allocate inbound product.

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Efficiency through clever collaboration

EV Cargo’s new carton labelling and vendor collaboration system brings significant speed to sale improvements, enhancing efficiency and visibility.

Effortlessly generating packing lists, carton labels and advance shipping notices, the system simplifies at-origin formalities to decrease activity at destination.

Customers benefit from reduced touchpoints and handling at destination warehouses, improving distribution centre turnaround times by up to five days. Earlier visibility of inbound stock and enhanced accuracy also results in improved planning and quicker access to retail stock.

The vendor collaboration feature has also been developed in response to customer demand and allows retailers to easily share business documents, news and videos across their vendor community. Creating an efficient solution to distribute, track and monitor information the platform improves engagement and significantly reduces admin time.

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Speak to our Packaging Optimisation team of experts

Contact us today to find out we can help you to rationalise your packaging and cut your costs and your carbon footprint.