How the changing e-commerce landscape has changed purchasing
The “pandemic lifestyle” has drastically changed the ways people work, socialize and even purchase. The lockdown forced many businesses to shift their focus to e-commerce since that was a way (and sometimes the ONLY way) customers could receive their products.
The rise of e-commerce means increased competition, and companies are looking for a way to surpass the competition and move to the top in their industry. They realize that they need to focus on cost mitigation – packaging waste and damaged products are not an option. The most efficient way to improve the bottom line is to have a flexible, cost-saving machine that performs efficiently and accurately every single time. This has never been truer when it comes to pack and seal machines.
Efficiency Means Savings
Customers are looking for a machine that integrates with their existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). That integration makes a pack and seal machine “smarter” – controlling the entire process from order picking to shipping. The system will be able to determine the most efficient case size based on the quantities and sizes of each item. That accuracy and efficiency reduces the amount of time to package, increasing throughput and saving money.
Another reason efficiency is in demand is companies want the least amount of downtime possible. Every minute that their packaging line stops, they lose money. Having a system that can identify the next order, the best case to use, then automatically adjust the machine to the right case size, mitigates operator errors that may cause downtown. Limited downtime means greater cost savings.
When pack and seal machines accurately determines the correct box and packaging material, there is no waste. A machine that minimizes waste reduces the amount of dunnage needed to package products. This added value and cost savings is why a smarter, fully integrated pack and seal machines have been in such demand.
Another benefit of proper case selection and packaging material is product safety. Accurate materials assessment adds value because well-packaged items increase successful deliveries. That reassurance has become an important part when purchasing a pack and seal machine. When companies have confidence that their fully automated machine will perform at a high standard, they will have peace of mind that their products will be well protected during the shipping process and, make it to their destination safely.
As with any business, e-commerce or not, floor space is at a premium. That is why companies are searching for a compact design, saving space and freeing up valuable floorspace. Saving space on the floor can mean the difference between staying in your existing building or having to move to a larger one.
The All-In-One Solution
E-commerce has grown rapidly and will continue to grow. Suppliers and manufactures will have more and more items to package. For a company to grow, they need a machine that seamlessly integrates with their ERP, packages products accurately and efficiently and assures that more products reach their destination safely. These features mitigate their costs, something that has become essential for packaging companies.
The only all-in-one pack and seal machine on the market, Wexxar Bel’s BEL 5150E, delivers on all these critical functions. Customers see the BEL 5150E’s ROI (Return on Investment), ease of use and increased productivity a necessity for a well-rounded and efficient packaging line. Now more than ever, savvy e-commerce customers are demanding an all-in-one solution.