If you have landed here, you would surely be searching for some answers. Pacfo is a digital front of the Avon group of Companies which is well-known as leading Packaging Material Manufacturers in Northern India. Our vision is to provide optimized packaging solutions to online sellers and retail sectors via our online portal.
We have structured this blog based on the type of products which we manufacture and supply to our esteemed customers. Unmatched Quality and Superb Customer Service is what we are known for and we are committed towards providing more valuable services to our customers. You will find 6 categories in which the blog is divided into. These categories represents the segment of topic covered in our posts. To select a one, please choose category of your interest from below:
With an experience of 40 years in providing packaging solutions to various industries and vast infrastructure with automatic lines for manufacturing corrugated box and boards, we are the most preferred online packaging store in India. Serving quality to our customers is our basic mantra and all the corrugated boxes and poly bags you buy from our portal are most reasonably priced along with the kind of quality we are providing. We trust in our workforce and processes. We wish to become the one stop packaging shop of India and for that we will continue to provide quality products and services to our customers.
We understand that most of the traders do not prefer to manage inventories at their ends. We do not have any Minimum Order Quantity for any product listed on pacfo. This enables our customers to buy only the required quantity without any compulsion. We wish to deliver packaging which adds value to your product and we wish to create an impeccable experience for our customers.
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The world operates on products manufactured by people round the globe and it’s packaging is one of the key-point which helps making a profound success and boost brand-value. Choosing in-appropriate packaging can result in baleful effects. After-all, first impression and ease of handling is one of the key points for the supply chain, retailers and customers. We are here with our wide-industry exposure and expertise to help you choose the right packaging for your product.
“Useful design and up-value branding are basic foundations of product packaging”
Elements which play a vital role but are generally over-looked while choosing packaging for your products are as follows:
Along with a top-notch design and colors which grabs attention and looks great, your packaging must also be capable of providing protection to your product while the logistics carries it from your ware-house to your supply chain. If your product is fragile, you might need to consider options like corrugated boxes with in-built flutes. It provides added protection to your goods compared to stretch wrap or plain cardboard boxes. It is capable of absorbing shocks and jerks which are obvious to happen during the transit. It is widely said and accepted that it cost far more to replace damaged goods than pay for adequate protective packaging from the outset. There is a point where the cost of product damage will equal to protective packaging. This is the balance point to which you need to optimize your packaging cost.
If your shipment is transported in bulk, you must consider the stacking capacity of your packaging. If your product is heavier than 12 kilograms, consider placing a pallet underneath your box. It will ease-up the loading and unloading of your goods as people can use fork-lifts to carry it around.
The primary packaging refers to the packaging which contains your product-bunch i.e. which comes in direct touch with the product. If your product is meant to be displayed among others in same category, you can go for trendy colors and sleek packaging. In other words, choose a home for your product which it deserves. It must be trendy, beautiful and at the same time, provide safety climatically and physically.
The secondary packaging is different is centered towards shipment of your products in bulk from a place to other. It must be strength centric and full-proof to weather, shocks, jerks and abrasion. Surprisingly, many research in the direction found that the secondary packaging acts as a true messenger of your brand. Therefore, it is very much recommended that the shipping boxes carry your brand prints. It does makes a great difference as it acts as an advertisement for you.
Corrugated boxes are idle for most industries for packaging of goods. Modern trends like e-commerce rely on corrugation boxes these days to ensure safe delivery of products purchased by customers.
There are many options like layers (single wall, double wall and triple wall), flute sizes (A, B, C, and E), paper-quality and GSM etc. A packaging expert can understand your product and can come-up with an appropriate design and material of packaging box which is both sturdy and cost-effective for you. You can reach out to our packaging experts by calling 1800-120-9299 or writing to [email protected]
A well-designed packaging will also focus on usability. For a packaging is good for nothing if it does not enables easy-handling and mobilization facilities. Consider the packaging of daily life goods we purchase from the super-market. Most of the successful brands and their products comes in a handy design. They ensure that people love to hold their products and to own their product.
Similarly if your secondary packaging have handling windows (slots for lifting and handling) at sides/top depending upon the design of box, it will make work easy for the people who loads/ships/unloads/carry your supply boxes. The slotted window is generally essentially available in boxes with comparatively larger sizes to provide ease of operations.
When choosing the packaging for your product, always keep in mind that the primary packaging should suffice the requirements and ease of your end-customers while the secondary packaging should be made according to your immediate customers i.e. your supply chain. Always remember, your packaging should be capable of following:
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Selling on internet is holding a high place in sales charts these days. With prompt services, quality products and easy and quick delivery solutions, e-commerce portals who have been consistently providing services have won trust of people and these days, people are really shopping on-the-go using their PDAs.
It is then, essential for an e-commerce to wisely choose the packaging delivery methods. Since there are lot more SKUs on any e-commerce marketplace, it becomes essential for them to choose the packaging in a way that all of the selling products can be contained and shipped within them as if the product does not safely to the hands of buyer, they are going to return it which results in huge loss of money, time and goodwill. In this article, we will introduce you to five essential products for e-commerce packaging which will help you boost your efficiency in packaging and sending of the shipments.
Corrugated boxes differs from regular cardboard boxes because of the special make of the board which is used in making corrugated boxes. The corrugated fibreboard is scientifically made to serve the purpose and hence, it holds way ahead possibilities than any other packaging product.
It comes in various structures to suffice the packaging needs. For e-commerce, commonly, corrugated boxes made of 3-ply structure are used. The innovatory design of multi-depth corrugated boxes allows you to adjust one out of three dimensions of a box i.e. the height. The length and breadth of box remains constant while you have an option to adjust the height of boxes with the creases provided on various altitudes. This enables you to tune it to just perfect height you want to package your shipment. This indeed, results in huge savings and reduced packing time.
The only cons which stands for corrugated boxes is along with safety, they also comes with an extended volumetric weight which gradually adds up to shipment costs as shipment partners charge on the basis of volumetric weight of the shipment. For product like apparels, they only need t be protected from dust. Instead of using a corrugated box for shipping products like these, we can use courier bags.
For safety and security, one should opt for temper-proof courier bags. These bags comes with a adhesive mechanism in which if once you peel the safety seal off the adhesive line and stick it, it cannot be opened without tampering the bag. This makes the bag useable for once and you can be sure that no one had even got a sneak-peak during the transit inside the bag. This greatly addresses the security issue along with occupying just the enough space to contain the product.
Also, the courier bags comes in a variant of bubble blister sheet pasted inside the courier bag. This is a part of protective packaging and provides cushioning and padding to containment. Apart from this, the courier bags comes in a variety of colours and it is possible for one to get it custom printed with branding so that it adheres to the branding needs and policies of your online store.
Adhesive tapes have always been an essential part of packing. It provides a final touch to seal the box or any other packing process. Adhesive tapes are made of BOPP poly film with adhesive applied on one of its side. The quality factors of adhesive tapes includes the thickness of film and the quality of adhesive used.
Adhesive tapes can also be customized as per your need. One may opt for printed tapes with their brand-name on it which eventually increases the trust of customers in your brand.
Over the time, it is discovered that shipping products for deliveries with mere box and tape is not sufficient. For shipping of fragile products like those made of glass needs extra protection to withstand the jerks and other abuses during shipping process. Thus, protective packaging comes into utility. Protective packaging is nothing but wrapping the product for added cushioning and padding enabling the packaging to deal with the transit circumstances. Corrugated sheet roll is a paper based product which provides protection to the containment.
Alternatively, one may opt for bubble blister sheet which is also called bubble wrap sheet. It is a poly based sheet with blisters filled with air. Due to air, this sheet provides protection to the containment against the jerks and abrases faced during the transit. Apparently, we all know that most of us like popping the bubbles so anyway they are a temptation along with their utility! (No bubble survives before going to the bin)
Stretch wraps are “not-so-common” but indeed a sophisticated approach for packing of shipments. Using stretch wraps ensures dust protection and that the package reaches in the hands of customer neat and clean! They are considered as the final touch to the packaging and is applied to the package after the whole process of packaging, pasting and sealing. They give the product a shiny appearance and also helps in binding them together. So if you have more than one bundles to stick together in your packaging, consider giving a final touch using stretch wrap sheets.
As e-commerce shifts the focus from an established retail network to a disparate network of consumers, a whole new chain of actions is established to provide direct delivery and to respond to new expectations. As these shifts become better understood, the process of developing responsive strategies will improve. Ensuring that these strategies avoid unintended consequences remains key. Doing so will require dialogue and collaboration across the supply chain. Working together, the entire industry can utilize this opportunity to integrate sustainability into e-commerce supply chains much earlier in their development.
As more is learned about shipping products for e-commerce, the understanding of what designs and materials work best will grow. While there is some initial research and anecdotal evidence by vendors, there is no national association or collaborating body making information on effective e-commerce materials or formats available, or assisting in testing for application. The International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA) has traditionally played a role with testing and has recently begun to develop further studies on damage, however, more investment into research and sharing of existing data by players across the supply chain will help standardize and share best practices on materials and design decisions suitable for e-commerce.
As e-commerce packaging changes, consideration must be given to the end of life management of those materials. As corrugate rises in curb-side collection, it replaces a flagging paper stream lost from the decline of legacy newspaper circulations and home delivery. It also creates more challenges in terms of transportation logistics, as it takes up more space but weights less in transport. Additionally, the emergence of new materials which may offer strong protective qualities at lighter weights versus traditional protective packaging (i.e. jute, wheat straw, molded pulp, multi-material films) challenge existing waste streams that are not yet scaled to sort, process, or commoditize these materials. Consideration and collaboration across the supply chain will be required so that all players in the e-commerce packaging waste stream can anticipate and plan for these and future shifts expected by continued e-commerce growth.
In the traditional retail environment, secondary and tertiary packaging was disposed of by retailers. Consumers were responsible for the disposal of primary packaging only. As e-commerce increases the amount of protective packaging going to consumers, frustration related to this increase in packaging is rising. In this case, previous policies focused on capturing commercial recycling may need to shift to assist consumers with residential recovery. Additionally, understanding if cumulative packaging material is increasing or decreasing as a result of e-commerce will assist in evaluating if packaging disposal is simply shifting to the consumer or is indeed growing. This knowledge will further help to identify how best to leverage recovery systems and influence design through effective policies and mandates, ensuring that these valued materials are collected at the end of their life in a cost effective manner.
Significant investments into innovative logistic systems is occurring. This is a result of the need to coordinate multiple delivery systems while providing transparency to both the consumer and retailer, and to establishing return systems. Not only are companies investing in how to get the product to the consumer (and back if necessary), they are also investing in solutions to simplify delivery and to create take-back schemes where packaging or other products are contributing to consumer frustration.
A rapidly expanding area for e-commerce is the distribution of home furnishings and other heavy products. In a traditional retail supply chain, these products were palletized and transported by freight and forklift to a retail environment. Home delivery would then be managed by a specialized team. Should a product fall, this process assured maximum drops of six to eight inches and was subject to safe transport testing mechanisms established by ITSA and/ or ATSM.
However, in the e-commerce environment, heavy items are shipped independently and handled by individuals rather than on pallet and with forklift (e.g., mattresses and toilets). Such a change now subjects heavier products to potential drops of at least 12-24 inches, depending on the mode of handling. There are currently no standards or testing formats to ensure safe transport for both the item and those handling it. This is an area where new industry standards for packaging and transport could help reduce damage and establish safer working environments. Additionally, the expansion of online grocery delivery increases opportunities for spoilage, contamination and malicious tampering. Testing to ensure the safe distribution of foods should be established.
Quality and innovation is the basic foundation of the vision of Pacfo which has become a working ethic with every pacfo-nian. Earning more than thousands of new customers till date, we are excelling towards our dream. We are one stop solution for any packaging requirement you may have. Being an e-commerce ourselves, we understand the key areas of packaging requirements and that’s why we call ourselves “An e-commerce portal for e-commerce businesses”. We have all the generally used packaging requirements like corrugated boxes, BOPP tapes, Tamper-proof courier bags, Stretch, Bubble-wrap and corrugated wraps, strapping rolls and packaging tools readily available on our portal. All you need to do is to choose the desired product with quantity and order them all in one go. In this way, you will be able to save on your shipping costs (which will go high if you order them from different vendors). If you need these items frequently, you can add them to your portfolio which will make it easier for you to repeat your orders.
We understand that as a manufacturer or trader, one might have different needs which suits your requirement. For the same, we have our customized solution wing which understands your requirement and engages with your team in order to design a valuable packaging solution which not only ensures safety of your product, but also holds great quality and aesthetic-values.
Pacfo already is manufacturing packaging materials for Amazon and Paytm. So, when you will have received any shipment through any of these e-commerce platforms, you have indirectly get in touch with Pacfo. As we always say: “We know that the quality, optimism and sustainability in packaging is what market looking for and we can deliver it!”
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Now more than ever, packaging engineers are playing critical roles throughout the supply chain. As the industry continues to evolve, it is less of an added-value and more of an expectation for packaging development engineers to hold integrated positions with their counterparts to proactively create solutions to challenges.
It’s not always an easy task to do.
Here are some tips from J. P. Zurek, sr. director of development, HAVI for success for packaging development engineers in today’s evolving industry:
The industry is finally coming to grips that the “focus group” approach of the past provided marginal value, and often times inaccurate information (consumer perception of their own behavior is not always a true reflection of that behavior). The days of two-way mirror observations moderated with an agenda is instead being replaced by ethnographic and usability research that provides more relevant feedback within the real-to-life context of how packaging will be used.
The outcomes of this evolving approach create new obstacles for packaging engineers. They will be challenged to translate fresh insights relevant to brand owners into structural packaging concepts that deliver new usage occasions, unparalleled customer lifestyle flexibility and sustainability requirements. So, if an organization has a team to research and interpret market data, integration of this team with the design, engineering function and development process will be imperative.
In some cases, leaner organizations are asking packaging engineers to stretch their capabilities outside of the standard science-based skillsets into research interpretation, critical thinking to analyze and synthesize information, and creative translation of this information through to a functional and cost-effective package. Packaging engineers with post-graduate training in marketing or design are now even better positioned to develop consumer empathetic, brand relevant and informed packaging designs.
Pursuing the “what if” and “why not” obscurities through an educated lens on market trends and technologies will be key to success as a packaging development engineer. Even with the industry’s progression towards more sustainable materials, coatings, processing innovations and eye-catching aesthetic designs, the general packaging landscape is still ripe with opportunity to find existing or new unmet needs to develop new innovative concepts and solutions.
The pace of change continues to accelerate; and as a result, completely new categories of need continue to emerge. That said, there are countless opportunities within materials, design and processing to carve out new packaging-specific innovations to build brand equity. By asking the “what if’s” and “why not’s,” packaging engineers will be able to uncover these new forms of material, process and design.
While advances in technology and trends like IoT (Internet of Things) are introducing increased complexity, they are also creating new and increased opportunity for packaging design and engineering. For example, smart and on-demand packaging that is customizable at the point of sale changes many traditional dynamics that packaging engineers consider. These emerging areas are loaded with new technologies that can be brand “enablers”—with the right creative application through design and engineering.
Finally, as important as it is to stretch the funnel of ideas early in the process, rapidly narrowing a focus as you progress through the development process is just as critical. Stage gates are one effective process method to help control scope creep, make decisions to progress or kill ideas, and to make sure you progress the most valuable “what if” ideas to market efficiently.
Regardless of how thorough or advanced your research and insights capabilities might be, interpretation of data will always be an inexact science involving some assumption. The same will apply to the functional or engineered aspects of a package. The unknowns only multiply depending on how aggressively you may be pursuing integration of new material or processing technologies, or completely new use conditions. There is no coursework or textbook to prepare you for every possible scenario, so you must be prepared to change direction many times, fail often, iterate quickly and re-test.
“Negative know-how,” what doesn’t work, can be as valuable of an intellectual property as your final successful design or utility—and it may apply to future development programs as well. At HAVI, we use many different methods for dynamic feedback at different stages of development, including co-creation sessions, usability testing, internal user-testing (cost effective) and crowd-sourced technology solutions.
J.P. Zurek, senior director of development at HAVI, began his career nearly 15 years ago in core packaging engineering and design for a leading personal care product manufacturer. Then, after starting in a similar role at HAVI in 2006, J.P. went on to lead the development of a user-centered, mid-term strategic research and design capability, as well as the integration of stage gate processes within HAVI’s key customers to jointly progress innovations through to commercialization. In his current role with HAVI, Zurek leads technical business development of new product solutions, account management and strategic sales of both rigid and flexible packaging solutions to commercial food processors, foodservice brands and broad-line distributors. He holds a B.S. in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University.
At any given point in the supply chain, customers are looking for varied forms of value: a product or service that makes their lives easier, better, more fun, more productive, more intelligent or more informed.
That said, what if your packaging creates value in some areas, but leaves new challenges in its wake? Have you thought about the end-to-end implications? While the packaging you developed may be efficient on a filling line or have highly impactful shelf appeal, how well did you understand all of the other touch points your customer will think about before making a purchase decision?
Mutually beneficial external partnerships can help inform you on much of what you don’t know and can highlight new areas starving for innovation. These relationships can open your eyes to customer anxieties and new challenges that packaging may have even created.
For example, HAVI partnered with Manitowoc Foodservice (now Welbilt) in 2014 to bridge the gap between the future of foodservice ovens and disposable fiber packaging. In this instance, innovation and market penetration of rapid cook, conveyor and combination ovens was outpacing the rate at which packaging was evolving for use in these extreme conditions. HAVI and Welbilt entered into a highly collaborative developmental relationship with the objective to create a new packaging innovation capable of being used safely in these oven platforms.
Welbilt realized that, while their customers praised the performance of their ovens, they lacked functional and safe packaging to be used in them. Working with HAVI’s extensive understanding of packaging materials, structures and coating technologies that could be applied (or developed) to create a new innovation, the resulting SIX500 packaging products were formed (see photo above).
This is not news: We’re all trying to get more done in less time, with fewer resources. And because of the nature of the evolving and more integrated industry trends, most new projects come with a learning curve. Manufacturability, filling, capping, sealing, gluing, transit testing, optimized case packs, shrink ratios, pallet patterns, container optimization, shelf presence, shelf life, end-of life. The list goes on.
A pitfall for packaging engineers that creates real risk for brands is when engineers are overloaded or work too independently on projects. They can become task oriented, too executional—and so inundated with emails, meetings and project work—that they’re unable to approach every new project with the same consideration, attention to detail, rigor and holistic thinking mentioned in some of the above points.
Packaging engineers must carve out time to talk about projects and challenges with others—whether it be with peers or a manager—to make sure no stone is left unturned. Even the best engineers I’ve worked with benefit from active engagement and collaboration with others on their projects, and many times an outsider not immersed in the minutia can see risks and opportunities previously not seen by the lead.
I’ve also found that building mechanisms or processes for internal and external collaboration (for example, co-creation sessions with consumers or end-users) as a required practice within a team of engineers can make a big difference. Make it an expectation and not an option.
Although in different context, the ability to sell has become as important of a skill for engineers as it is for formal sales teams in the field.
As part of the expanded role of packaging development engineers across the supply chain, it is critical now that engineers are able to communicate challenges, limitations and benefits of their designs to internal customers in a way that they understand and be a partner to. Awareness of words, acronyms and other technical terms are oftentimes lost on audiences from other functions and, as a result, key messaging can often times be overlooked or misunderstood.
For this reason, it’s important to spend time getting to know your audience in advance, analyze what is most important to them and adjust your communication approach. Mock-ups or high-end prototypes are often the bare minimum needed to be effective in presenting ideas or features to internal marketing teams or external customers.
And while there are some software solutions that can help develop materials and digital renders to convey your message, there is no better method than truly understanding stakeholders and customer needs and engaging in meaningful discussion of ideas and solutions without the crutch of jargon or acronyms
Pacfo.com is a team of young enthusiasts and we love to cater the responsibilities to take along the future packaging engineers of India. The bright stars from Indian Institute of Packaging love to work at Pacfo. This year, namely Insha Fatima, Ishaan Mehra, Rahul Kumar, Apurv
Srivastav, Ankit Sharma and Gourav have joined team of PACFO in various segments. “We really enjoy working here. The goals of the organization thrills us and we get a very great environment to learn” says Insha. Rahul, who is working with us in Research and Development segment says: “We get chance to get to know the challenging needs of current market and to design products which really makes the life of people easy. It feels proud to see that our designs are practically being used by the customers”. Apurv is taking care of the sample maker where he calibrates and fine-tunes the newly made designs by his fellow-mates. Ishaan is taking care of the requirement analysis and assists the research team of pacfo for New Concept Developments. The energy and enthusiasm of them all is remarkable and they enjoy working in the lively environment of Pacfo.
In words from Himanshu Bhansali, co-founder of Pacfo.com: “We know that the fountain of innovation is better channeled by youth and we want to encourage them to design and deliver something new and useful. They get in good tuning with all of our employees and work hard to chase their goals.”
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