When cardboard packaging is a good idea
So, does cardboard packaging offer any advantages? Certainly, when it comes to fragile products, you have no choice but to use cardboard packaging. In addition, especially in the case of luxury products, packaging is an important part of the experience and therefore an essential marketing tool. In the case of luxury products and/or fragile products, more expensive and less efficient cardboard packaging methods are often unavoidable.
Disadvantages of LDPE shipping envelopes (low-density polyethylene)
The use of LDPE (low-density polyethylene) shipping envelopes also has some disadvantages. In particular, the labour-intensive process of manual packaging in shipping envelopes has a limiting impact on flexibility and cost efficiency. The cost of shipping envelopes is higher than the cost of layflat tubing (LFT) solutions.
Automating order picking and shipping
In the E-fulfilment sector, we currently still see operators filling bags with orders, but it is clear that in the future, this step will also be fully automated, even in more complex high-mix environments. It’s therefore good to know that the Speedpack Hybrid is a machine that is known for its excellent connectivity with conveyors and coding systems so that it can operate optimally as a link in a logistics environment. In terms of size and material, fashion products can be packaged perfectly flexibly. Worldwide, the Speedpack Hybrid is already present in many fashion-oriented warehouses and we are seeing a significant increase in requests and deliveries.
Current warehouse packaging methods
Many warehouses pack in roll bags: bags on a roll. The disadvantage of this is that the size of the bag is standardised, and small products are therefore packed in bags that are far too large. This results in an unnecessary amount of material being used. Precisely in view of the high volumes that are currently being processed in E-fulfilment, there is much to be gained if the bags can be cut to size. The Speedpack Hybrid does this from layflat tubing (LFT).
Fully automated process – the future of E-fulfilment packaging
With its flexible packaging solutions, the Speedpack Hybrid meets the challenges of the E-fulfilment industry perfectly. This packaging machine, equipped with a touch display, can be easily controlled by all operators. In principle, the basic configuration is that there is one operator working per machine. Certain customers have already taken the next step in further automation/robotisation –especially in the parts packaging business. This means that, in the best case scenario, there is no need to use an operator anymore. The products to be packaged arrive at the Speedpack Hybrid on a conveyor belt, are automatically packaged, labelled and then automatically disposed of.