When choosing a contract packager, a company is looking to develop a partnership. As such, a contract packaging partner must be able to complete a project at a competitive cost aligned with the company’s time schedule with quality assurance. They may also solve common problems in start-up businesses, limited production facilities, concerns about equipment investments, physical facilities, personnel training and more. Below are several reasons to consider selecting a contract packager:
- There is no available in-house equipment or expertise for a particular job
- There’s an alternative use viewed as a higher priority for the in-house equipment
- A series of geographically separated facilities could serve the product better for national distribution
- New packaging forms unfamiliar to your staff and equipment are being considered
- The actual or projected product volume under or over employs the companies manufacturing lines, either short or long term
- There’s a short run for a new product market test, gift pack or seasonal appeal, which may require a company to invest in new equipment
- Promoting a product with non-standard packaging or promotional inserts requiring special machinery or labor intensive work is specified
- The pressure of new business or deadlines creates a heavy, short term workload for which you require experienced help to supplement the efforts of in-house staff
- A product may more economically be shipped in bulk to a distant market, then unit packed locally
- There’s a specific, short-term requirement that may be better served by specific experience or equipment a a company doesn’t have.
- Operations problems such as a plant closing for maintenance or being faced with a labor availability problem cause a business to consider alternative options
- There’s a warehouse full of a product that needs re-working to make it saleable
- There’s a new package form that is to be market tested before general introduction
- There’s a corporate downsizing in personnel, facilities or both
- The company is faced with a high investment to meet regulatory and environmental requirements
Let FW Warehousing fill the need for an outsourced contract packaging solution. The expertise FW has in secondary contract packaging includes food products, consumer packaged goods, and industrial contract packaging solutions for the hardware, wire, paper goods, automotive, and all manufacturing industries.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.