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Antalis Packaging develops corrugated solution for UK-based supermarket chain

Published 01 June 2018

Antalis Packaging has developed corrugated solution for an undisclosed UK-based supermarket chain, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

As one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains, in the run up to the summer sales rush the retailer sells thousands of units of garden furniture each week, some of which is inevitably returned by customers.

With customers returning the outdoor furniture in original packaging, a growing problem facing the supermarket was that the items often arrived back at the warehouse with its packaging in a dishevelled state.

This meant the items were having to be resold at a fraction of the original price, costing the retailer in excess of £130,000 each month. As such the retailer’s returns system was in urgent need of a secondary packaging process so that goods that are essentially in perfect condition, could once again be sold at full price.  

Luckily help was at hand from Antalis Packaging, a packaging specialist with extensive experience in retail warehousing and logistics. Working closely with the supermarket chain to identify the scale and size range of the returns, Antalis devised a robust corrugated solution designed to provide immaculate packaging to the returned stock, which was suitable for resale.

Based on Antalis’ recommendation, the retailer agreed to trial two different sizes of Continuous Fan-folded corrugated material to re-pack the items. With the two widths able to accommodate the entire furniture product range, the corrugated packaging proved ideal for high value, large items as it eliminates the need to stock vast amounts of different sized boxes, thus minimising wastage and saving valuable warehouse space.

In addition, to get to grips with the new packing process that the solution entailed, Antalis ensured that full training was provided to all staff prior to introduction.

Antalis Packaging key account manager Scott Byrom said: “Using our expertise in packaging and logistics, we could see that a corrugated solution would yield almost immediate results in terms of better protection, improved aesthetics and ultimately, huge cost-savings.

“However, the trial stage is still vital as it’s important for our customers to see a new packaging solution in action before introducing it on a larger scale. Full training in how to implement the new process is also something we recommend and throughout the project we worked with staff to help them transition to the new system.”

Since the roll-out of the new packaging solution, the company has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds each year as products suitable for re-sale can now be re-packed quickly and placed back into stock, ready to be sold to the next customer.

Scott Byrom said: “We are thrilled to have been able to deliver a solution that not only ensures that garden furniture returns can be quickly and efficiently circulated back into stock, but has also improved the packaging and returns process as a whole.

“Using corrugated material to re-pack items has saved the retailer hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, a saving which will no doubt have a meaningful impact on their profitability.”

Source: Company Press Release