There are a lot of things to consider when you’re searching for a corrugated supplier. While we live in a world where price drives decisions, there are plenty of other variables that should go into choosing your supplier. Not to say price isn’t important, but what if the lowest priced company needs 3-4 weeks (or longer!) to get an order to your dock? Or what if they can’t print your brand new logo because it has too many colors? While you absolutely should consider price, here are some other things to think about before you say yes!
It’s important to know what each supplier you are considering is able to do at their plant. Some companies only run brown boxes, while others deal with a variety of colors and labels. Is the company only able to supply your product packaging? Or can they supply the master cases as well? If you have high end graphics to be printed, it’s a good idea to request to see some samples of how well they are able to print. What about box size? If you have a bunch of normal sized boxes and one or two that are very large or small, make sure that your prospective supplier is capable of producing either extreme.
Today’s world moves fast, and from time-to-time you may have unforeseen circumstances that makes you need to expedite your project. Or maybe you have a just-in-time product ordering system, and your orders need to be done relatively quickly each time. Make sure that you and the supplier are on the same page, and that your needs don’t exceed their timeline. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask about on-time deliveries. Chances are, someone at the plant knows their on-time delivery percentage. Finally, how is the response time? Do they have a system set up so that they can respond to your order quickly? Or might you have to wait several days to hear that it’s been processed?
Certifications can be a crucial piece of finding a supplier. Do you sell a food product? Your supplier will need to be AIB certified if your product will be placed in their box. Not all corrugated companies are. How about your green initiatives? If being sustainable is a large part of your business model, your customers would love to know that the packaging your product comes in is from a certified plant. While corrugated packaging is an extremely sustainable industry as a whole, some companies are greener, cleaner and leaner in their manufacturing processes, and certain certifications can prove that.
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