The right size for shipping boxes saves costs

Shipment of goods is booming and, with this, the “waste mountain” of packaging materials grows continuously – leaving behind perplexed and frustrated customers. The responsibility lies in the hands of the shipping party. Shipping boxes which adapt to the size of the shipment save costs, protect the environment and ensure satisfied customers

Shipping boxes protect the goods during transport. For traders or manufacturers with a large product range, the various combinations of all their available commodities produce a multitude of different pack dimensions. It is simply impossible to have the matching box in stock for every size of packed items. This is the reason why many suppliers use boxes in only two to three standard sizes. Inside the box, the goods are secured and protected with shrink film, air cushion packaging or other filling materials. But shipping in oversized packaging with masses of filling material not only pollutes the environment, it also costs money. On the one hand, the shipment is more expensive due to the price of the filling material and, on the other hand, the larger shipment volume increases costs. In the end, the customers will get annoyed because they will be required to grudgingly dispose of a pile of unordered packaging material at their own expense.

Deflating packing boxes

There is an easy way to remove surplus space from shipping boxes: adjust the height of the box! In practice, packaging machines automate this process. After the goods have been placed in the box, a sensor measures the height of the goods. The machine then embosses and folds the box to the measured height and closes it. Individual height adjustment removes the air from the packing box and the goods are tightly packed. Filling and cushioning materials for securing the goods are no longer required.

Planned and implemented – without disrupting operation

We have already planned and implemented changeover to a packaging machine with automatic height adjustment for several of our customers. In order avoid disruption of regular goods shipping, we put the new system into operation at the weekend. The switch to this new technology pays off daily for our customers. A significantly lower amount of packaging material is needed, thus also reducing costs. The transport volume is reduced by an average of 50 percent and has a positive effect on transport costs. And our customers’ customers are also happy – they are required to dispose of much less packaging material. In a nutshell: costs reduced, profit increased, customer satisfaction heightened and environment benefited.

Are you interested to know how we implement a project like this? – Just ask us!

About Michael Wild

Michael Wild has spent more than 25 years planning logistics solutions and optimizing warehouse processes. After studying mechanical engineering, he worked as a project manager and developed intralogistics systems to meet the needs of customers. Michael Wild continued his career as intralogistics planner of logistics locations with a focus on a smooth flow of goods between goods receipt and goods issue. Since 2006, he has been planning the construction and modernization of logistics sites for companies in the Würth Group and for Würth Logistics customers.

Würth International AG
Aspermontstrasse 1, CH-7004 Chur
Kontakt: +41 81 558 00 00

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