Shipping Damage: The Hidden Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

1 Chance in 200 Isn’t a Good Bet 

Imagine you’re a car dealer. You order hundreds of cars to your dealership, but every once in a while a brand new car just won’t start. You do the math and 1 out of every 200 cars doesn’t start, the car isn’t fixable and is a complete loss. Sure, you get to sell 199 cars but you have to take the loss of the 1 car.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

How Stretch Wrapping Reduces Risk of Damaged Pallet Goods

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Since a main reason for stretch wrapping is preventing product damage during transit, it may come as a surprise that the leading cause of product damage is…in-effective stretch wrapping. Just buying or having a good stretch wrapper doesn’t ensure a safe load. But how you use your stretch wrapper can.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Reducing Shipping Damage in the Supply Chain

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We read a great article in Packaging Digest titled "Mitigating Packaging Damage in the Supply Chain" and wanted to thank them for talking a bit about our biggest passion - using stretch wrapping technology to make sure your pallet load gets to the right place in the right condition with a minimum of shipping damage.

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Topics: Product Damage

How to Reduce Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 10, 2016 10:21:42 AM

Shipping damage is one of those things  that is not often talked about, mainly because once the product has left the shipper the "out of sight, out of mind," principle applies

But the simple fact is that shipping damage is a very real expense. It adds billions of dollars to the cost of shipping and insurance every year, and there is a chance that any load shipped will be compromised. 

As a shipper, there are some things you can do to reduce shipping damage.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Stretch Wrapping Monitoring, Measuring, and Tracking

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With an estimated $60 billion of waste from unsalable products each year resulting from ineffective stretch wrapping in just the consumer products goods, food, and beverage industries, improving the effectiveness of stretch wrapping is an important step in any shipping operation.

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Topics: Product Damage, Containment Force

How to Check Your Containment Force

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Step 1: What is Containment Force?

At its most basic, Containment Force is the hugging pressure that holds your load together. Containment Force is the result of the number of revolutions of the stretch film multiplied by the wrap force (tightness). It's the key specification in reducing damage and ensuring safe to ship loads.  You'll need to do testing and checking to discover your ideal Containment Force. However, when measuring Containment Force, you should check three places on a wrapped load to make sure we have the right amount of force throughout the load.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Containment Force

Reducing Shipping Damage Regardless of Transportation Method

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the May 2016 issue of Packaging World, James McNamara Jr.  discusses packaging development from the eyes of an engineer.  And while he is primarily talking about materials selection for primary packaging, he does touch on a subject that is near and dear to our hearts at Lantech…what he describes as the “under considered aspect of transport packaging.” 

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Topics: Product Damage

How to Keep Pallet Loads From Failing During Shipment

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jun 3, 2016 12:01:22 PM

As pallet loads of products make their way to their destinations they go through a lot of stress. All of those pot holes, curbs and sudden stops have the potential to cause loads to spill in a trailer. This can be a major cause of damage you don't want to ignore. Here are two things you can do to keep pallet loads from failing during shipment.

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Topics: Product Damage

Protect Your Profit and Your Brand by Stretch Wrapping

Posted by Kelly Wathen on May 25, 2016 12:07:26 PM

The main goal of stretch wrapping is to get your products from where they were manufactured to the hands of your customer’s in the same condition as they were made. But as soon as these unitized loads are put in the back of a truck and start their journey to a retailer what happens next is out of your control. If loads aren’t stretch wrapped effectively they could be at risk of damage.

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Topics: Product Damage

Don't Let the Triple Whammy Increase Your Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Apr 15, 2016 12:02:16 PM

We live in an increasingly “I want it now!” society. We want shoes, paper towels and electronics delivered to our doorstep faster than ever. Amazon already offers two-hour delivery in some cities.

While consumers want product to show up soon after they order it, so do retailers.

To speed up delivering products to retailers, distribution centers are automating many of their processes like picking, packing, stacking and even stretch wrapping. And many picking systems in distribution warehouses have turned to robotics.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage