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A Guide for Operations Managers

For the operations manager: your key responsibility is to ever sharpen productivity in your workplace and ensure minimum downtime & wastage of valuable resources. You measure your Delivery In Full On Time (DIFOT) and hold yourself accountable to continual and never ending improvement around these numbers.

Even if an Operations Manager is responsible for only one plant or location, if the company operates multiple sites, its vision should include a synergistic approach to measure performance, cut costs, and optimize processes.

Constantly on the look-out to improve systems & processes of your Team members that report back to you, you value new ideas and better more efficient tools and consumables that save your team the two most valued resources we have – Safety and Well-being of each other and a Time efficient workplace. Where Access Direct can assist is to ensure your Safety consumables are delivered on time at the right price, every time and your Packaging Products ensure high efficiency and are cost effective and you never run out of them!

With a full range of Wrapping supplies, strapping supplies, protection supplies, and cardboard packaging supplies, Access Direct can offer you the full range of products for all your bulk packaging requirements.

How Can I Improve Operations Efficiency With Packaging Supplies?

The more efficient the business, the higher the potential for profit. In the search for ways to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness, many businesses are overlooking the obvious – packaging supplies. From the warehouse to the mailroom, packaging is essential for many businesses. These items are simple yet provide the crucial job of protecting any items being shipped – no one wants to hear that their goods have arrived damaged.

Here are 4 ways that you can improve the efficiency of our business with packaging supplies:

1. Start Small

A small container that has been more closely packed with plastic packaging supplies such as bubble wrap or polystyrene; will do a better job of protecting the item within, simply because it has less room to move. At the same time, you’re also using less packaging and filler. For small non-fragile items, consider a bubble wrap lined mailer or padded mailbag rather than a standard envelope. These also take up less room in the warehouse, which means that more storage space is freed up for other items that you need.

2. Choose the Right Filler

Not all fillers are created equal. Choosing the right one can make a huge difference to your bottom line and the condition of your goods upon arrival. Is the item better packaged in bubble wrap or paper, for example? If bubble wrap is preferred, do you use bigger or smaller bubbles (hint: this depends on the size of the product being packaged)? Depending on what your requirements are, you can optimise the amount of packaging supplies used as well as reduce waste and shipping costs.

3. Seal Securely

The right packaging tape can mean the difference between a package that arrives securely sealed and one that doesn’t make the distance. Choosing the right tape also ensures less waste and a more efficient packaging process. Avoid using masking or duct tape, as these are not for this purpose. You can also save time by investing in some dispensers, as these can help employees to quickly seal packages and tear off the end of the tape. For wrapping larger items, stretch wrap film is also a great idea.

4. Buy in Bulk

We highly recommend bulk buying items that you use regularly (such as tape, bubble wrap, mailers and packing knives). By having ample supplies on hand, you can ensure that employees aren’t wasting valuable time searching for the right packaging items (and, when they can’t find what they need, using the wrong ones). Buying in bulk can also allow you to take advantage of special deals and discounts, which are often applied when you order over a certain quantity.

From the mail-room to the warehouse, every second counts. It’s crucial that your business saves time, effort and resources wherever possible. By investing in the right packaging supplies, you ensure that your employees can pack faster without compromising on the quality or the security of items in transit. In the long term, you will see savings in both productivity and profits as well as reductions in waste and a lower environmental impact.

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