The Importance of Product Packaging in this New Era of Ecommerce – Trak.in – Indian Business of Tech, Mobile & Startups
We all buy a lot of merchandise that comes in a variety of packages. Especially with the advent of e-commerce, now we are seeing that packaging and packaging has gained a lot of attention nowadays. This article aims to introduce you to some aspects of packaging that are directly relevant to you, as well as other fascinating aspects that may be worth reading.
Considerations when designing packaging!
We sometimes notice that the design of packaging for a product is as important as the design of that product itself. While packaging automation has certainly helped matters to a degree, it obviously cannot replace the various permutations and combinations that packagers must go through before finalizing a package for a particular product.. It includes testing and calculation of the waste while optimizing the length of the necessary master sheets.
The packaging itself performs many functions. Retail packaging is specially designed to attract end consumers. It includes the color scheme, strength of the box (we’ll discuss this in more detail later), and product fit. Well, if you bought a new product but even before you got home the packaging inadvertently opened due to improper packaging, also imagine the declining value of the brand in your eyes for the product.
Wholesale or industrial packaging or in transit (like outer cartons) is mainly used to ensure two things: product safety and no change in the character of the product.
Let’s take a look at the image below:
Let’s take a look at them one by one:
It is the most basic and vital function of any packaging. The packaging is mainly intended to ensure the product stays as is without any interference from external elements. The strongest packaging is used for the more fragile products like ceramics, antiques, thin plastic products, etc. multipack is made to act as buffers. In the case of liquid products, packaging methods such as airtight packaging are implemented to prevent spills.
The material used in the packaging is very important in case of edible or chemical or pharmaceutical products when the packaging must neither modify the character or the composition of the product nor allow the external elements to do the same. Plastic or glass, being inert substances, is preferred for the same. Likewise, we have cases of airtight packaging where even air is not allowed to interact with a package to maintain its freshness, flavor and increase shelf life.
2. Safe transportation:
This is again a very important requirement expected of the packaging function. It is mainly intended for outer cartons and the second or third layer of packaging. You can appreciate a very important fact but not visible to end users – the stacking of goods on top of each other. Usually in sea container transport, the goods are stacked on top of each other.
something like that: –
If you notice the package at the end bears the weight of all the goods stacked on it. The package must be strong enough to support this, otherwise we often see cases of packages with doggy ears and slit in the corners. The decision of whether a package should be 3-ply, 5-ply or 7-ply plays a major role.
Again, for transporting heavy packages we sometimes see small adjustments or handles or indents on the sides of the packages. These are mostly simple changes that require a lot of forethought when designing a package.
While considering safe transportation, an important factor is the distance involved as well as the time needed to travel. Obviously, the strength of the packaging is a direct function of the distance and time required to transport the goods. The greater the distance and time required, the stronger the packaging must be to protect the product from all external factors such as humidity, wear during handling, etc.
Additionally, if the goods are to be transported via cold freezers or stored in cold stores, separate packaging materials should be required to withstand the extreme cold.
Mainly the center of attention when it comes to retail packaging. This is used to grab the attention of end consumers. sometimes perfectly designed packaging helps the product stand out in a showroom or supermarket and thus becomes the driving force behind the sale of this product. This is very useful especially in the case of new products that do not have existing brand recall value. The material used, the color combination, etc. are very important in such cases.
4. Cost savings:
This is very important for the manufacturer or the merchant who repackages the goods. Important cost factors are: material used, labor used, packaging layers, printing costs and the wastage suffered. While the others are pretty obvious, let me explain the last one, which is the waste involved. All packaging material comes in factory-made sheets or rolls. These are usually standard sizes, while the size of each new product produced may be different from other types of products.
Waste, if not eliminated as much as possible, during packaging design adds to the “unit” cost and leads to reduced profits and also impacts the competitiveness of the product.
But if there is good planning and the coil size is ordered accordingly, the waste can be minimized as follows:
Again, the cost savings depend on the target consumer market. This is really a simple equation because for a spendthrift consumer base the charged price will more than cover more expensive packaging more than enough, but for a mass item the focus is on cost savings and hence a lower cost. very expensive packaging is out of the question.
Product dimensions that is to say that its length, width, width and height are to be considered in the most detailed manner so that the packaging is neither too small nor too large but is of an optimal size in order to ‘achieve optimal costs.
Search to find the right packaging for a product:
Much thought, the design goes into finalizing the packaging of a particular product, whether it is an air conditioner or a mobile, jewelry or industrial machinery. for me to focus on the corrugated cardboard packaging that comes the most in my field and for which I can say with authority much more than other types of packaging. I will briefly explain the different terminologies of box packaging. These are technical details as such but I will try to simplify them as much as possible:
1. Corrugated cardboard: It means “corrugated paper” (for corrugated paper, see below), when glued to another flat sheet of paper.
2. Fluted paper: This means the generic configurations formed by the wavy shapes of the corrugated support in photo corrugated
3. Fold – WE have 3 folds, 5 folds and so one.
3 ply means fluted paper between two flat sheets of paper. 5 ply means two fluted papers between 3 flat papers.
This is a 3 ply (2 sheets and a flute)
This is a 5 ply (3 sheets and 2 flutes)
4. Compressive strength: This means that the maximum load box can withstand before it starts to bend or deform.
5. Packaging: The action of bringing the box to a state of humidity and temperature in equilibrium with a suitable atmosphere. Please note that moisture is the enemy of any paper box.
6. Shine: It is this property of a substance that makes it reflect light dramatically. Usually made by a thin film of plastic or glossy paper to make the box look good.
I hope I have managed to give an overview of packaging and its importance, especially in the field of e-commerce logistics. Comments and questions are welcome.
About the Author: Mr. Ritissh Maakhecha is the Managing Director of Kraft Box Containers India Private Limited. The company has been manufacturing corrugated boxes and suppliers of various companies for the past 9 years. Their web presence is www.kraftbox.in . Ritissh can be contacted at [email protected]