Is using paper as void filling system an advantage?
On a factory visit, we discovered our customer was having regular problems with their goods. Their products were continuously being returning. Most of the complaints were down to abrasions and scratches on his goods. We looked at the way they were packing their product. They were wrapping imitation kraft paper around the units. This packaging solution was used to stop the goods rubbing off each other during transport. Paper isn’t always the appropriate void filling system for all products, so we provided a solution to a problem.
What problems occur from using paper as void filling?
Tiny particles of the recycled material in the imitation kraft paper can cause abrasions. We found out this was more pronounced when the load was shifting in transit. Hence, we changed the material from imitation kraft paper to a 1mm polyethylene foam. This change took the problem out of the returned goods straight away. Also, polyethylene foam cushioning increased the stability of the load. Hence, the customer made a 12% saving on the cost of the material.
To conclude, the staff found that by using polyethylene foam it is easier and more flexible. This solution makes it easier to package all goods, also more efficient regarding the time it takes to dispatch. The overall finished pack also looks a lot much more presentable. We recommend you try polyethylene foam in your supply chain since it can dramatically change your costs, and you will notice it straight away.