Smaller manufacturing companies and independent entrepreneurs face a challenge when it comes to the packaging and shipping of their products. For smaller businesses it may be impractical, or financially prohibitive, to maintain an on-site packaging facility. Manufacturers faced with this challenge often find it advantageous to partner with a contract packaging firm. By outsourcing their warehousing, packaging and shipping procedures, businesses can gain access to a full range of services while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line.
Finding the Right Fulfillment Partner for Your Project
Partnering with a contract packaging service is like building an extension to your business, and choosing the right firm is essential to your ultimate success. The service you choose should be able to handle all of your product fulfillment requirements, from primary packaging through to final drop shipment to your waiting clients. Whatever your product, your contract packaging partner should be prepared to take your project from initial packaging design to final fulfillment at a cost that keeps your business in the black.
When choosing a contract packaging partner, there a number of things to consider. First, how extensive are the services they offer? Can they take your your raw product from arrival at their facilities to final fulfillment in a timely manner and to your strictest specifications? That includes warehousing and inventory control, initial packaging processes as well as final assembly, boxing and shipping. They should have the on-site resources to offer a wide range of packaging solutions for your product, and should be prepared to adapt to any new direction you may wish to take with your project. Above all, your packaging service should be able to deliver your project to order, and on time, with the same degree of professionalism and quality control that you would expect from your own employees.
Final Fulfillment is Where it All Comes Together
There are two basic types of fulfillment services, “back-end” fulfillment and “full service” fulfillment. Back-end fulfillment typically involves pick and pack, and hand assembly operations at the final stages of a packaging project. Many secondary packaging processes, such as the assembly of gift sets, club packs and point of purchase displays will take place on the back end. This is also the point at which your product is made ready for drop-shipment, either through your contract packaging firm’s own transportation service, or through a shipping service of your choice.
Full service fulfillment involves every stage of a packaging project, from importing the raw product to the final drop-shipment to your waiting clients. Full service fulfillment will include both primary and secondary packaging processes, as well as all final project assembly and shipping procedures. The ability to offer full service fulfillment should be the deciding factor in your choice of a contract packaging partner. When considering any contract packaging service, be sure that they can offer a full range of services including:
- Warehousing and Inventory Control
- Primary and Secondary Packaging
- Pick and Pack
- POP Display Assembly
- Drop Shipping
- Transportation Services
Choosing a contract packaging service is a major decision, and is as important as choosing any other business partner. Assemblies Unlimited has the resources and experience to see your project from initial design to final fulfillment, all at a cost that fits your budget. AUI can provide full service fulfillment on all projects, large or small, and can offer all of the latest advances in packaging and assembly processes. With more than 18 years in the packaging business, and more than a dozen locations to choose from, Assemblies Unlimited is the contract packaging partner you need to make your project a success.