It is easy to think that there is really no wrong way to work with stretch film, but it is not true. Mishandling the way you use stretch film can actually have some very costly consequences. From your product going bad long before its time to broken batches, you actually have to get it right to make sure your product is properly secured and stored. That is why we thought we should let you in on a few pieces of advice that are not only bad, they are potentially costly.
Stretch film is all the same, so you can just pick the cheapest.
Would you listen if someone said that all cars are the same, and then go with the cheapest vehicle to drive 1,000 miles? You want a stretch film that is durable and meets your needs. If you go with the cheapest, you shouldn’t be surprised when your inventory ends up scattered across the warehouse floor the first time someone tries to take it down. If you have to store something that juts out at odd angles, there is a very good stretch film that can withstand corners poking into it, but it is a bit more expensive than the cheapest films. Take the time to research and ask about the different types of available packaging. It will end up saving you far more than going with the cheapest kind.
It’s not an exact science. Just guess at the right amount.
Packaging goods is not rocket science, but that is money you are using to secure and protect inventory and shipments. Your supplier should be able to help you determine what the right type and amount of film meets your needs. It only takes a few extra minutes before you place your order. From there, all you have to do is take notes and make sure the employees understand how much to use when they package the product.
There’s no such thing as too much.
There absolutely is such a thing, and it can be a serious problem. You certainly want the product to get to its final destination unharmed, whether it is a customer or the warehouse, but that doesn’t mean that you need to overdo it with the stretch film. There are a couple reasons this is terrible advice.
1. People hate having to fight through wrapping to get to a product. If someone quickly decides there is too much film, that person is going to stop being cautious about the product and start trying to tear into it. In your warehouse this could mean the entire packaged contents get knocked over and broken. Customers are more likely to leave negative feedback, especially if they broke the product while fighting the film.
2. It is a waste of money to over package. It’s unnecessary and inefficient to put so much stretch film on your goods that they can move.
Once you know how much you need, don’t go overboard.
Packaging is far more important than most people are willing to admit. They perceive it as something easy that requires no real planning, and that can be a very costly mistake. Just like anything else you purchase, you need to take the time to make sure you get it right to get the most out of your money.
If you have questions about Paragon Films or any of our stretch films please visit us at, www.paragonfilms.com or click below: