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16 Questions to Ask Before Outsourcing a Packaging Contractor

outsource a packaging providerIf you have determined that you need the services of a Packaging Company you'll need to define your specific packaging needs so you can communicate them to the potential service provider. You should clearly define your packaging objectives before picking up the phone. Here are some questions you should consider:  




Define Your Specific Packaging Needs

  1. What is it that you need outsourced? ie. On-site pack, wood container, or barrier bag.
  2. What is the scope of your project?
  3. What services do you need?
  4. How many packages do you need built?
  5. When do you need them?
  6. Where should the packaging provider to be located?
  7. When would the project start?
  8. What does it need to ship?
  9. How many finished products go into each package?
  10. Do you have physical samples or drawings?
  11. What are the physical sizes of your items?
  12. Does your product require any special handling?
  13. What is your budget?
  14. What is your quality expectation?
  15. What values are the most important to you when selecting a contract packager? ie. Price, Quality, Customer Service, Lead Times, Flexibility, Value, Efficiency, Location, Trust
  16. What special services or requirements do you need from your contract packager? ie. Documentation, Customer Service, Reporting, Physical Inventories, Warehousing, Direct Shipping, Quality Standards, Flexibility

Answering these questions before contacting a potential Packaging Provider will allow for clear communication of your exact packaging needs. The packaging provider will be able to present you with several packaging solutions and options for your specific challenge. Valley Box suggests getting quotes from at least 3 different packaging companies in order to identify the best solution for your product needs.

There is always an opportunity to improve upon your current packaging design. A Valley Box Packaging Review will allow for cost comparisons of similar products or improving performance with re-designs. A review allows us to:

  • Evaluate your current packaging methods
  • Listen to your challenges
  • Document your current solutions
  • Understand your packaging needs

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