We have the perfect case study to demonstrate this claim.
This customer's original crate design was creating problems within the distribution environment.
- Unable to Double Stack
The inability to double stack created unusable air space during shipping. While in the warehouse, the customer was losing square footage by not double stacking the crates.
- Damaged During Shipping
The original crate design was frequently damaged during shipping. Once the crate was compromised, the potential for product damage increased.
The loss of potential space and the increase in crate and product damage was costing this customer a lot of money. Money that could be saved by adding a little more to their packaging.
- Reduce damage to crate and product
- Allow crates to be double stacked
- Create a cost neutral design
The new crate design incorporated additional building material. Although the additional material added to the overall material costs, it allowed us to create a stronger product. A stronger product meant the crate now had the ability to double stack and reduced damage in shipping. Not only did the new design solve the two major issues within the customer's distribution environment, we were also able to create a space saving feature. The crate is delivered to the customer knocked down and is designed to be easily assembled.
The individual crate costs were slightly higher, yet the more efficient design allowed for significant overall costs savings as well as a better customer experience. By spending slightly more on the crate, the costs savings were realized in other parts of the distribution environment.
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Post by: Kent Longardner, Technical Sales Manager