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.

December 19, 2013
Christmas gifts.
Christmas gifts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have last-minute holiday shopping to be done, your last-minute holiday shipping also needs to be factored in… which means the time is now!

Even though festive shopping appears to have prompted less stress this holiday season, even the most seasoned shoppers can feel the pinch as Christmas nears and the deadlines begin to bite.

Here’s what you need to know to complete a successful last dash to the gifting finish line.

Domestic Deadlines for Holiday Shipping

First and foremost, remember that we’re talking about the continental U.S. here. Although specific providers may have last-minute shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and perhaps Canada, you should check in with them to confirm those deadlines.

For packages mailed within the U.S., your final day for letters and cards is tomorrow, December 20th, although you could also pop them into your bigger priority mail package to delay the deadline until Saturday 21st Dec.

For the latest of the late shoppers, USPS Express Mail packages can be shipped as late as Monday 23rd December, giving you a whole weekend to search for that final perfect present for your dearest who aren’t nearest.

If you’re gifting outside of U.S. borders, however, most of the deadlines will have passed. Other than paying a hefty premium for your urgent international gift, looking at digital gifts or a provider who can still deliver in your destination country is likely to be the best bet. And if you wake up on Christmas Eve with a minute to midnight (we don’t need to know what you’ve been up to), there’s always the trusted fall back of e-gift cards to most digital retailers… just don’t forget to at least personalize the e-mail.

Don’t Drop the Ball, Use Safe Packing Practices

Capacity LLC is obsessed with the best packing practices. Ever since we successfully shipped Dorito’s and Tide laundry detergent in the same boxes, we’ve been consistently refining the packing process to squeeze out every last inch of product safety.

As you can see from the ‘Dropping Stuff Off the Roof’ video series on our YouTube channel, we’re out there testing for you on a regular basis!

Our general tips for best-practice packing are:

  • Check first to make sure your items will fit a Priority Mail box if you plan to use that service. Remember that catchy tag line “If it fits, it ships!” If not, you’ll need to plan your own external packaging.
  • Wrap items individually with a mixture of paper and plastic bubble packaging.
  • Add an additional protective layer around all of the items in your package.
  • No packing peanuts!
  • Check your final package for rattles. If items can still shift around, add an extra layer of paper.
  • Use standard packing tape, clear or brown, to close up your package. Don’t use string or cords which can jam up machinery.

Once your final package is in the mailbox, put your feet up and enjoy your favorite holiday treat to celebrate a job well done for another year. Happy Holidays!

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