Archive: Sep 2020

Packaging Supply Chain

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Can a Packaging and Supply Chain Assessment Save You Money?

If you are choosing a packaging vendor based on only unit cost, you might be costing yourself more
money. Looking at the total cost of ownership, through a packaging and supply chain assessment, can help
you reduce your opportunity and variable costs.

A packaging and supply chain assessment can save you money through increasing pallet yield, SKU consolidation, or design improvements. It starts with listening The most critical step in a packaging and supply chain assessment for a vendor is listening.

Your packaging vendor should spend more time listening to you than pitching to you. Progress Container and Display creates impactful solutions by listening to customer’s pain points and becoming familiar with their journey— why companies do things a certain way, what solutions they have tried, and why other solutions didn’t


Saving customers money

When an assessment is conducted, Progress looks to provide suggestions to impact costs associated with the following:

  • Supply Chain Management.  Starting at the pallet, Progress Container evaluates the pallet yield with regards to warehouse storage, trailer utilization, and distribution.
  • SKU Management.  Progress Container will evaluate where SKUs can be consolidated
  • Packaging Optimization.  Progress Container creates economically and structurally responsible corrugated solutions. Progress Container will study your processes evaluating if a packaging change can improve process flow.


Supply Chain Management

Maximizing pallet yield has an impact throughout the supply chain and influences opportunity and variable costs for the company’s finished goods inventory. If the packaging doesn’t fit on a pallet, whether it has overhang or too much underhang, the customer’s finished goods inventory and transport costs can suffer.


SKU Management

Progress Container looks for ways that SKUs can be reduced. A formal assessment is conducted reviewing how packaging is used within the facility, and similar size boxes will be consolidated where applicable. By consolidating and reducing SKUs, Progress’s customer’s can take advantage of higher quantity pricing and thereby reduce costs.


Product and Packaging Optimization

Progress Container evaluates your packing process to see if there are opportunities to improve efficiency. For example, an assessment revealing a design change could save considerable time with packaging assembly or product packing.

The increased efficiency on your line could translate into significant savings. Progress looks at the packaging itself.

It’s known that too little packaging can cost you money in returns and product damage, but too much packaging can also cost in excess materials and waste. Progress Container can help you find the right balance.

Request a Packaging and Supply Chain Assessment Contact us if you would like the opportunity to assess:

  • Pallet utilization
  • Supply chain utilization
  • SKU management
  • Packaging optimization
  • Total landed cost related to assembly time with your packaging


A packaging and supply chain assessment can save you money. Contact Progress Container to learn more.

Evaluate Your Packaging

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Is It Time To Evaluate Your Packaging Vendor?

If your vendor isn’t meeting your needs, it may be time to make a change. Below are some topics for consideration regarding your current vendor vs. Progress Container and Display.

Supply Chain Inefficiencies

We provide suggestions to reduce supply chain inefficiencies, including:

  • Supply Chain Management.  Starting at the pallet, we evaluate utilization with regards to warehouse
    storage, trailer yield, and distribution.
  • SKU Management.  We will evaluate where SKUs can be consolidated.
  • Packaging Optimization.  We create economically and structurally responsible corrugated
    solutions, and will study your processes evaluating if a packaging change can improve process flow.


Quality Issues

Quality issues with print, misregistration, poor slotting, inferior or false scoring, and excessive glue end up with inferior packaging in the supply chain or at retail. Lost time and money is the result, and it impacts your brand’s image.

We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment. Glue monitors and cameras ensure the ability to consistently execute without fail. We are ISO 9001/14001 certified, employing color management and information systems controls to monitor everything we do, so your packaging arrives exactly as expected.


Poor Communication

If your vendor isn’t listening to your needs or isn’t communicating with you regularly, it may be time
to find a new packaging vendor.

Communication is key to any relationship. Listening is the most critical component. Has your vendor ever asked what your company’s goals are and listened to what you’ve told them? Are they just showing up to make the sale, or are they looking to provide solutions consistent with your company’s goals?

Progress believes relationships start with listening. We want to know what your company goals are and what areas in your packaging processes are causing you pain? Progress Container collaborates with customers, helping reduce or eliminate their pains as well as reduce the total landed costs of their packaging.


Long Lead Times

If your current vendor isn’t consistently hitting your requested delivery date, it may be time to change your packaging vendor.

Extended lead times can cost you money. Our lead times are about 5-7 days for industrial repeat orders and about 10 days for retail display box repeat orders.


Is Progress Container the vendor for you?

If you are looking to partner with an experienced packaging vendor having:

  • insight into current industry/retail trends,
  • an interest in understanding your needs, and
  • the ability to execute consistently and on-time without fail


It may be time to consider Progress Container as your vendor. With an in-house structural design department and more than 45 years of experience, we have the knowledge and capabilities to help you reduce your total costs of packaging and reduce or eliminate some of the current pains you are feeling. Contact Progress Container to learn more.