July 11, 2014

Ours is an industry of jargon, as any of you who’ve ever had an extended conversation with a logistics professional probably know (hopefully we’re not too guilty of that!)

Filled with shipping acronyms, technological terms and  transportation abbreviations, understanding our world can sometimes require a good look a Google… unless you read this blog!

kitting gift box
Kitting can be a tastier subject than you’d think! | Image Credit: Angie Six

We want you to understand exactly what we’re talking about, even when it requires using industry shorthand to explain a complete process. That’s why we’re starting out ‘Unpacking…’ series of posts, which will feature a quick, plain English explanation of a term from our industry.

Today is seems fitting to start on the assembly line, to explain what we mean when we refer to ‘kitting.’


What Is Kitting?

Kitting is the part of the order fulfillment process that  assembles individual products into ready-made sets. This can be gift boxes, promotional packages, or anything in between that requires distinct items  to be put together to form a set, which is also known as a ‘kit’.

Kitting services benefit businesses in a number of ways:

  • Adds value to the standard order packing and fulfillment process, creating more attractive product packaging and other elements that end customers enjoy.
  • Saves time on bringing together products that consist of many parts, especially when those parts come from multiple suppliers.
  • It brings several goals together in one when product fulfillment is also used to add promotional literature like catalogs or coupons.
  • It provides a quick and easy way to broaden your product range, by bringing existing items that complement each other together in a new.
  • Kits can be created at a location closer to the distribution point, minimizing handling errors and the potential for breakage.

So now that you know a little more about where kitting fits into the assembly process, here’s Capacity LLC’s Director of Assembly, Emily Siegert, to talk about how we go about it:

We’ll have a more in-depth look at how your business can get more from the assembly line next week, so stay tuned to our on Facebook Twitter and Google+ streams to keep up to date!


June 4, 2014

Capacity LLC’s Director of Assembly Emily Siegert talks about how assembly is the key to a smoothly functioning supply chain and logistics system.

Emily explains how her team’s function is “greasing the wheels” of the operation, as well as some of the key elements of maintaining an efficient assembly line. These include:

  • cello wrapping,
  • shrink wrapping and shrink banding,
  • kitting and gift boxes,
  • component assembly,
  • custom order assembly,
  • inventory coordination,
  • over-labeling and product relabeling,
  • allocating suitable staff resources.,
  • and implementing employee efficiency suggestions.

Learn more about our company and team experience here.

January 8, 2014

package assembly linePackaging is one of the most important areas of the order fulfillment and shipping process.

No matter how efficiently an order is processed or how quickly it’s delivered to the customer, if the product arrives damaged then the system has failed. Expensive returns and rework follow, creating waste that can be eliminated by ensuring that protective packaging is in place from the beginning.


Techniques to Ensure Protective Packaging

There are many options when it comes time to pack products up and ship them out, some more effective than others.

We use some of the following techniques to make sure that the products we ship are well protected in transit:

  • Overwrapping – a fully enclosed wrap, using heat-sealed film or paper around one or more products. You may be more familiar with this technique as ‘gift wrapping’. It can also be called ‘tuck and fold’ or ‘diamond-end fold’ wrapping.
  • Stretch Banding – the application of various different heat-sealed materials, banded around one or many products to create a bundle. By using printed film, product information can also be shown on the package, offering improved handling and verification for different orders.
  • Casepacking – places multiple products or bundles in a shipping carton that is then closed with hot-melt or adhesive tape.
  • Green Packing – using environmentally friendly materials such as new recycled corrugated boxes, crumpled craft paper, and post-consumer recycled plastic products (air bags, etc.) as default packing materials.

For smaller packaging jobs that you want to handle one at a time, we put together these best practice packaging tips just before the holidays, all of which apply to standard shipments as much as the Christmas rush!


Achieve Outstanding Assembly

In the same breath as discussing packaging, it’s important to consider the complexity of your assembly needs.

Often it can be a big challenge for a business to get products assembled in a way that’s both affordable and professional. For some clients, assembly work is all that we do and so we’ve honed in on the  best ways to achieve outstanding assembly.

Consider the following questions before you decide how your assembly process will be set up:

  • What kind of presentation do you need for the products to be shipped?
  • How many products will be in the same package? Should they be bundled together or separated?
  • How will you identify and track what’s in the package?
  • How big is the order and what resources will it require to assemble?

One look at the video below shows how some organization and a robust process can combine to achieve outstanding assembly. Capacity CEO Jeff Kaiden walks us through the preparation of a gift box set for a client, including the assembly, wrapping, labeling and quality control checks. While these considerations come as standard for us, they can be a bigger burden for business owners unfamiliar with what needs to be done.

If you have questions about your packaging and assembly process, we’re happy to help!

E-mail info@capacityllc.com or call (732) 745-7770 to let us know what you need.

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