As the adage goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. If this is the first time your business is making a delivery in Singapore, you will want to make a good impression on your customers when your product reaches their doorstep. The packaging of your product will play an important part in making your product delivery a success and increasing customer loyalty.
Having done your own research, you may already have a few suppliers in mind but before you commit to anything, here are some packaging-related questions to ask yourself:
1. What kind of packaging will you need?
You may have noticed that there are many different packaging materials out there in the market and depending on your product, it will determine the supplies you will need. To get you started, check the measurements of your product. With these dimensions in mind, you can better decide on a durable box that can hold your product perfectly with minimal space for movement. From there, you may consider additional packaging supplies to provide extra care based on your product needs.
Especially for fragile items like glassware, bubble wrap or packing foam peanuts are ideal in ensuring more secure cushioning and protection. You can also add a fragile label as a request for proper handling during shipping.
2. How much will you be ordering?
Once you have figured out the necessary packaging supplies for your product, the next thing to do is deciding how much you’ll need before diving into any order. Many start-up businesses usually opt to save on cost with low orders. At the same time, even with lower cost per unit for bigger orders, you may want to avoid over-buying packaging supplies which may otherwise take up storage space.
As a start, you can take your company budget as a guide while you browse through the various suppliers’ websites. Remember to find the right balance for quality yet budget-friendly options and to avoid compromising one over the other.
What You Need to Check With Your Vendor
1. What is their minimum or maximum order?
If you are starting off with a low quantity for your business or just wanting to test out the quality first, knowing the various minimum orders offered by different suppliers can help you narrow down your options.
On the other hand, you may have made your decision and plan to buy your packaging materials in bulk. With the packaging quantity you have in mind, you’ll want to verify the maximum order of your supplier and have peace of mind that they are able to meet all of your needs.
2. Do they allow custom orders?
As you think both short-term and long-term when deciding on a supplier, it’s a good rule of thumb to check for custom order options. You never know when you may need a more specific amount of packaging supplies to cater a seasonal product launch, for example. This sets expectations on whether your supplier has all it takes to consistently provide you with the relevant materials you need.
3. What is the expected lead time?
Lead time refers to the total amount of time taken for your packaging supplies to reach you. In our modern, fast-paced society, consumers are increasingly demanding for quicker deliveries, which is why it is paramount for businesses to be aware of the lead time. This enables you to expedite on-hand orders and meet your customers’ expectations.
If you are expecting large orders during peak seasons like Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, you will want to be more than prepared to meet the increased orders and higher expectations. By checking on the lead time beforehand, you can gauge how long your packaging supplies can be delivered when there is an immediate need for it and better manage your order timelines.
Ready to Impress Your Customers?
And there you have it! At the end of the day, your supplier will become a reliable addition to your team to support your business goals. It is hence essential to take your time to select a trusted packaging material supplier and choose what’s best for your products. When it comes to helping small and medium-sized companies use better quality packaging all at value prices, MillionParcel is happy to assist you along the way. Explore our range of packaging products today.