What is the difference between consumer and industrial packaging?

packaging types

Primary packaging has direct physical contact with the product. It is also known as consumer or retail packaging. It serves three important purposes: it encourages purchase, provides information and guarantees protection. Secondary packaging or collective packaging most commonly consists of more consumer unit packs and it facilitates storage work. Tertiary, also known as transport packaging, is usually (but not always) a number of multipacks. The end-user does not see it, so there is no need for visual attractiveness, but the main focus is on its role of protection and movability.

Order-picking onto pallets aka packaging of manufacturer’s multipacks into commercial units

stacking onto pallets

Order-picking indicates the process of opening the transport packaging and sorting and preparing each item separately in accordance with the order of the customer and then handing them over to the supplier by placing them on a pallet. It’s not always as simple as it sounds. It requires a lengthy, non-mechanisable/automated, live work and a concrete, well-established strategy. It may amount to between 55% and 60% of the warehouse’s operating costs. How a company is coping with the task is a major factor in the quality of the relationship and cooperation with the partners.

Top 5+1 packaging mistakes to avoid

strapa-pack packaging mistakes

In order to avoid transport damage and unnecessary costs, it is very important to be careful in the design and selection of industrial packaging. For example, it is also necessary to define the ideal size, weight and design of the packaging material according to the nature of the product and the distribution cycle. It is a common mistake for companies to adhere to certain outdated methods, materials, or to ignore the importance of testing. Consumer, collective and transport packaging should always be treated as a complex system as they complement each other.