contract packaging servicesWhat Is Contract Packaging? Co-packing or contract packaging services or co-packing companies are hired to take care of the assembly of products and/or goods into their final finished packaging.  Common services includes packaging services such as designing or building custom packaging, kitting and assembly, warehousing and distribution of the final products.

These services are simple or complex depending on the customization needed by a particular client. As a contract packaging company, we serve product manufacturers and often become an extension of your company.

There are an infinite number of final packaging formats. As a leader amongst contract packaging companies in Michigan, we handle a number of different forms including the following:

Benefits of Contract Packaging Services

There are many benefits to investing in contract packaging services:

Value: First, you’ll get more value for money. That’s because co-packers come already equipped with production facilities, staff, materials and equipment needed to complete your order. You don’t have to invest in any of these items or incur overhead. Instead, you can channel the money you save into expanding production runs and taking care of other business operations.

Flexibility: When you partner with a contract packaging company, you gain the flexibility you need to experiment with your packaging without considerable cost. Work with our team to produce the right package for your products. After all, the better looking the package, the more likely your clients are to buy again.

Time: Whether you’re a startup or have just launched an entirely new product line, time is of the essence when it comes to delivering products to clients. When you use co-packing services, you can shave off time from each production run. That’s because we can take advantage of economies of scale to complete your output more quickly. Our team can roll out packaging during the manufacturing process for your products, which cuts lead time significantly.

Expertise: There are numerous compliance and safety regulations when it comes to manufacturing machinery. You can save costs on labor, insurance and other expenses relating to a busy packaging operation.

Contract packaging services allow you to choose an eco-friendly partner without incurring the financial burden of building a sustainable packaging plant.

Common Services Offered by Contract Packaging Companies

contract packaging companiesFrom the design phase to inventory management to package assembly and fulfillment, our packaging company has you covered.

Here are common services that our contract packaging company handles:

  • Design: This critical stage can be done by your in-house team or by our experienced professionals. Having a well-baked design assists with troubleshooting any issues you have with prototypes.
  • Inventory Management: We can also manage your product inventory as part of the packaging process. Inventory for the packaging might include manuals, promo stickers, and other items that ship with your product.
  • Printing Production: If you need a manual or insert printed, we can handle this task and put it into the final package with your product.
  • Plastic / Thermoform: This is the actual production of your packaging materials. Packaging materials might include plastic or thermoformed blisters, clamshells, trays or other forms.
  • Fulfillment: Our well-trained team of packagers can complete the whole fulfillment process. Continuous training helps ensure the accuracy, care and efficiency of team members putting together your fulfillment package.
  • Warehousing & Distribution: Let us store and organize package products to get them ready for distribution.

How to Choose a Contract Packaging Company

Follow the steps below to choose the best contract packaging service for you:

1. Decide What You Need

Identify specific problems that you would like contract packaging companies to solve. Carefully consider your budget and determine what you can afford to pay per unit. Then, find a co-packer service that can help you stay in budget.

2. Talk to Different Contract Packaging Companies

Don’t be afraid to interview several packaging companies. Here are a few questions to help you get started:

  • Have you ever worked with this type of product?
  • How did you overcome challenges that came up?
  • What other contract packing experience does your company have?
  • Do you have a list of references?
  • How can you help me determine cost and stay on budget?

When you evaluate contract packaging service providers, remember that it isn’t always about the size of the company. However, you do need a partner with the capacity needed to produce your product lines and adjust for seasonality.

Smaller contract packagers can concentrate on your product but may lack the experience and capacity to ramp up if your volume suddenly takes off.

Location is also an important consideration since it will affect the cost to transport manufactured goods.

3. Interview Your Top Picks in Person

Interview your top two or three contract packaging companies. Meeting face to face will help you get a better feel of weather a particular co-packer meets your expectations. Ask open-ended questions about their processes and the advantages of working with them.

4. Collect Proposals

After you discuss your needs, ask for project proposals that explain the following:

  • Scope of work
  • Services provided
  • An accurate estimate

Once you’ve chosen the right contract packaging partner, it’s time to have your legal team review the contract and sign the deal.

How Much Do Co-Packing Services Cost?

There are several things to consider when it comes to determining the cost of your packaging solutions. Low-cost packaging includes flow wrapping, sachets, and vertical form fills. Meanwhile, more expensive packaging may consist of standup pouches, clam packaging, hand assembly jobs and other custom work.

The amount of fulfillment work needed to put the packaging together will also affect your cost per unit. We would be happy to work with you to determine the best materials in processes available to keep your costs down and help you stay within budget.

Complete Packaging Services

Our Michigan packaging company offers a wide array of packaging services. Click on any service to view details on what’s included. For example, we provide kitting and assembly to provide the most convenient packaging available for your customers. We are also proud to offer custom solution such as military packaging built to the stringent expectations of America’s armed forces.

Some of our other services include:

Our packaging company can fit into your existing operations seamlessly. We often cover all packaging requirements as an extension of our customers’ business operations. Since our business depends on your business, we do everything in our power to ensure a positive customer experience. We want people to feel excited when they open up the box and give you repeat business, which helps us grow too.

Contact us today to discuss your packaging needs!