With the end of the year approaching and new budgets being created, it’s time to assess the materials used for shipping and determine other ways to increase efficiency and cost savings such as moving to a hybrid solution for your void filled materials.

On the outside, mailers and boxes are standard shipping solutions, but inside the box, there is a wide range of options for void fillers, cushioning, or blocking and bracing that not only protect your products in transit but can also make opening the box into its own special “unboxing” event. Using a combination of different void fillers, you can create a better customer experience, provide better protection, and even reduce your packing and shipping expenses.

Control costs by right-sizing your fillers to the product.

When you sell products in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and fragility, finding a one-size-fits-all shipping solution can be difficult – not to mention expensive. Fortunately, there’s more than one solution when it comes to void filler materials. With a hybrid solution—a combination of fillers from different price points—you can customize the protection for each of your products, cutting down on the overall cost and eliminating the overuse or misuse of packaging materials.

Streamline workflow with hybrid packaging stations.

There are even more savings to be found by setting up convenient packing stations. Storing all of the various packaging and shipping materials where they’re readily available and within easy reach. This can create efficiencies for your packers allowing them to pack more boxes in a day.

The right void fillers can help you eliminate customer disappointment and increase satisfaction.

When items arrive damaged, it hurts your bottom line in every way. There are replacements costs, additional burdens on your returns department, and customer frustration and disappointment— which may be the biggest cost of all. 73% of consumers say it’s unlikely they’ll buy again from a company if their products arrive damaged. They may share their bad experience online and with their family and friends. Hybrid packaging can give you the protection you need to safeguard your products and your customer experience.

Maximize efficiencies and performance with a packaging system audit.

With all the changes in products coming to market, it’s a smart idea to schedule regular audits of your entire packaging and shipping system. That’s the only way to make sure that your shipping materials and processes are still the best available for your products. At FastPak, we can help you stay up to date on all the latest packaging innovations. Our aim is always to help you find ways to optimize your packaging and shipping process, ensure damage-free shipments, reduce labor costs, and create the ultimate experience for your customers.

Want to know more? Visit our website to learn about our process and our packaging solutions. We’d be happy to talk with you about how hybrid alternatives can work for your business.

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