PacD – Improve Density, Damage, and Data in 4 Steps
Step 1 – Clear, updated, and accessible transit packaging standards
Proper pack design and sizing, coupled with clear packaging specifications and quality standards, will reduce damage rates and typically achieve an 8-20% overall reduction in the outside dimension of the in-bound box. Standards and specs are developed with an understanding of the local cost and feasibility of each origin packaging market. Vendors can access the packaging requirements at the Division, Department, Class, and Product level.
Step 2 – Training and education at the Vendor and factory level
Local technical and packaging engineering support to assist in interpreting standards with engineering and design direction. Our Transit Packaging IT solution serves as a web portal for retailers and vendors to share packaging guidelines and detailed carton information. It supports both hard and soft line product processes. Effective communication of packaging requirements supported by local language customer and technical service ensures that each Vendor has the opportunity and the accountability to be successful.
Step 3 – Compliance stage gate and PRE-SHIPMENT approvals
Vendor compliance includes oversight and pre-shipment testing of materials, box sample or final pack. Vendor cannot move forward until pre-shipment compliance protocol is complete and transit packaging has been optimised according to requirements. Packaging material and supplier audit and qualification is available as needed to support any need for visibility into the upstream supply chain.
Step 4 – IT Solutions to optimise data capture, load planning and Visibility
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Vendors request carton dimensions to be approved as needed, which must also align to pre-configured packaging standards and validation rules. Upon approval of compliance protocols Vendor will confirm how they have packed final products with documentation and data entry so as to ensure packaging data is always up-to-date and accurate. Packaging data is then shared for planning and integrated with your 3PL, SCM, ERP or WMS system so there is always one version of the truth across the entire supply chain.