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Optimize Your Warehouse Layout in 5 Easy Steps

We have customers who have a brand-new warehouse that are looking to layout their warehouses efficiently as well as warehouses that have had the same layout for decades. Is your shipping operation small, medium, or large? In any case, consider the following layout strategies that can help maximize your shipping and business operations:

  1. How Wide Are Your Aisles?

How wide are your aisles? The general rule of thumb has always been to set your aisles 11 feet apart for forklift operations, but it really depends on what forklifts you have in your warehouse. There are a variety of forklifts with different styles so you will have to take a look at what works best for your operations. Did you know that there are newer generation forklifts that will allow you to cut your aisle widths down to 5 feet?

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  1. Review Product Velocity

How are you organizing and arranging your products in your warehouse? A common misstep we have found is to group similar products together. Instead of putting similar products next to each other, you may want to try grouping your products with the top movers as close to your shipping lanes to reduce travel time and pack merchandise faster.

  1. Travel Time/Distance

Number 2 and 3 go hand-in-hand. Whether your warehouse is small or large, there’s a misconception that the more space you have, the better storage you will have. Do you ever notice how far each employee travels to pick items by foot and by forklift? The key is to reduce travel time which will increase productivity and get your orders out as efficiently as possible. All that walking not only wastes time, but it also overworks your employee unnecessarily.

  1. Dusty Items and Honeycombs

Are there items collecting dust in your warehouse? Consider only keeping items that you sell on your shelves regularly versus items you just want to keep on-hand that are gathering dust.  It would be less costly to take out the outdated and unsold items than to keep it on the shelves gathering dust. Another thing to look for in your warehouse are called “honeycombs”.  If you have any gaps behind, above, or alongside products, then you’re not using your shelves efficiently. For smaller items, consider using bins or smaller shelves to maximize the space that is wasted.

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  1. Packing Line – Shipping

How efficient is your shipping operation? For smaller shippers, do you just grab a big roll of bubble wrap whenever you need to pack boxes? How streamlined is your shipping line?

AirSaver has many configurations that will work with any type of shipping operation from large to small. With our standalone machine and accessories like our collection basket to overhead delivery system, you won’t need to worry about storage space.

What Now?

In conclusion, taking a look at the 4 items that we mentioned above can help your warehouse operation find up to 18% more space. Relocating top movers and removing slow movers will improve your company’s bottom line and increase space in your warehouse as well.  Lastly, don’t forget about your packing stations. Consider saving space and money with, AirSaver.

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Staying Competitive with E-Commerce Shipping

Businesses today are heavily relying on selling things online. Your company may have been doing this for years already and you’re always coming up with more strategies on how to increase your bottom line, but have you thought of growing your business by effectively coming up with some efficient and impactful shipping strategies?blur-connection-ecommerce-230544

Increase your margins by taking a look at the shipping companies you’re using, whether it’s the post office or another carrier. Those are the first steps in seeing how much is being spent each day, week or month on shipping costs. Take a deeper dive and see how much you’re spending on packing materials such as boxes, tape, labels and void fill. All those little things add up and can cost your company a pretty penny and affect your bottom line.

We have come up with a quick list on our E-Commerce Shipping Best Practices:

  • Hire the Right Staff: All departments in your company are an integral part to the shipping department.
  • Set Goals: Offering flat rate shipping to increasing profitability, make sure to announce the goal to the team and measure each step!
  • Set a Shipping Strategy: Free shipping may attract a lot of customers, but is it too costly and is hurting your profit margins?
  • Start Now: You need to start somewhere, so make a plan now.

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Today we are going to give you a quick overview of all the main parts to staying competitive in today’s market: E-commerce, however, we are focusing on the shipping aspect of your company.

  1. Hiring the Right Staff: If your staff doesn’t care whether your merchandise gets shipped out at all, everyone suffers. You want the right people on your team that will make sure that not only your merchandise gets shipped out correctly and efficiently, but also packed and protected so you have a low return rate.

Outside of the Shipping department we have Marketing, Web Design as well as Customer Service. Each department should be aiming for the same goal, which should be clear and attainable. For Marketing, we are talking about the message you are sending to your customers, whether it’s free shipping to increase orders or draw new customers. When it come to Web Design, this one is an important one. Make sure that your shopping cart is easy to navigate and that shipping options are clearly marked. You want to make sure that your customer doesn’t bounce out of the shopping cart because that means loss in sales. Lastly, what about Customer Service? Your Customer Service team needs to be in the loop about all the ins and outs of what shipping promotion is being offered so when a customer calls with a question, they can answer right on the spot, giving your customer the best service around.

  1. Set Goals. Let’s say the goal you set for your company is to improve operational efficiency and decrease costs. Did you know that you can start looking at your shipping department and start right there?

Here are some key topics to think about:
a) How much are you spending on packing materials?

  1. b) How much storage space do your packing materials take up in your warehouse?
  2. c) How many returns do you get from damaged products due to poor packing materials?

Not sure what options are best for your warehouse? AirSaver can help you determine whether or not Air Pillows are right for your products. For a free Cost Analysis, contact 1-800-782-9008 or email us at info@airsaverpack.com.

  1. Set a Shipping Strategy. Work with your team to see what shipping strategies will work for your company. If free shipping is the right way to go, make sure to measure this strategy to ensure that you are converting more customers and increasing profitability. Try the free shipping strategy for a limited period of time and track any spikes in sales. Perhaps free shipping is too costly and isn’t the right strategy right now, so you may want to experiment with flat rate shipping. Don’t forget you can offer faster shipping if your customers are looking for that or sign your customer’s up for a shipping program if they have the right volume of orders.
  2. Start Now. What’s stopping you from strategizing today and measuring the efficiencies of your company? It’s easy to track sales, but don’t forget about tracking the costs of shipping as well as costs of shipping materials.
    We go into more detail with the specific packing materials: peanuts, bubble wrap, paper in our other blogs, so make sure to check those out.

    PRO TIP: Look beyond brand-name carriers to save on expedited deliveries, those large carriers don’t always offer the best rates all around.

ASD MARKETWEEK

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ASD MARKETWEEK
March 17-20, 2019
Las Vegas Convention Center
Booth #SL 2165

We just wrapped up our show at ASD MARKETWEEK at Las Vegas Convention Center! Our first time exhibiting there and showcasing our Next Generation AirSaver On-Demand Packaging System which can reduce shipping costs compared to traditional void fill materials such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. If you weren’t able to visit our booth, here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What type of protective packing materials are you currently using?
  • How many packages do you ship on a monthly basis where you use void-fill?
  • How much do you spend on a monthly basis for packing materials?
  • What item does your company ship?

We can help you with a cost-analysis today to see if you qualify for our FREE machine. Get started today and find out which air pillows can help you save time and money.

Succeeding in E-Commerce & M-Commerce Tips & Tricks

E-commerce has taken off in recent years and having an easy to navigate shopping cart with the right images and product descriptions are keys to success for your business. We are here to talk about some of the helpful tips to keep your e-commerce strategy strong and introduce you to the latest buzzword “m-commerce” as it grows in popularity and may be here to stay.

One of the keys to success is to make the shopping experience as efficient and pain-free as possible for consumers and studies have shown that online shopping growth and mobile matters now. What is m-commerce? Dictionary.com defines it as electronic commerce conducted on mobile phones. As our daily lives get more and more hectic, businesses need to start adapting to faster and convenient ways to get that sale.

Tip: It is important that your business e-commerce fulfillment strategy meets your customers’ expectations.

Consumer habits are changing and a majority of us are online shoppers and will rather purchase items on our mobile devices rather than at our desktops. Studies show that almost half of smartphone users use their devices to shop online (study 2017 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Study).

Tip: Make sure your website is mobile-friendly and optimized. Back in the day, we only had a website that was information and listed a few of our products. Now, we have robust shopping catalogs that are easy to use and with a few simple steps, an order can be placed right away.

Additional Keys to Success

We’ve addressed some front-end ways to help your business succeed in the e-commerce and m-commerce world by optimizing your website and mobile sites, have you thought about the operations of your business? As you get more orders from your e-commerce website, how are you strategizing to make your shipping operations run smoothly during the busiest time of the year?

Tip: Take a look at your warehouse. Are you fully utilizing your warehouse space with inventory of merchandise that will earn in sales or is a good portion of your warehouse space being taken up by bulky shipping supplies such as large rolls of bubble wrap and large bags of packing peanuts?

As a business owner, you’re ready to update your website and improve your business digitally, but don’t forget about what can help you streamline your packing process and save you precious warehouse space with packing supplies.

Here are some key questions to ask your warehouse manager to see if you’re using the right type of packing materials:

  • How much are you spending on packing materials each month? Per package?

 AirSaver will help you determine whether our air pillow packaging solutions makes sense to implement in your shipping operations. For a FREE Cost Analysis, contact us today.

  •  How much storage space do your packing materials take up in your warehouse?

Increase profitability by decreasing the amount of space in your warehouse dedicated to bulky and messy packaging supplies such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts.

  •  Are you satisfied with how your merchandise is protected during transit? (IE: are you getting returns due to damaged products?)

Whether you’re using packing peanuts, bubble wrap or packing paper, we can help you determine the best way to reduce returns from damage with our solutions.

In conclusion, keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and packaging solutions to keep your business ahead of the game. As more consumers are looking to purchase via mobile, make sure your website is optimized and user-friendly. Once the order has been placed, be confident that your shipping operations is ready with the most efficient packaging materials to avoid damaged returns and additional loss in profits.

 

 

Are You Using Kraft Paper Packaging for the Right Reasons?

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Kraft paper typically come in large rolls that need to be torn to size and crumpled up for use. Depending on the type of product you are shipping and how heavy it is, it is hard to ensure safe shipping during transit. The cost of materials is dependent on each packer. One packer may use less paper versus another that will over use it to fill void in every box. This becomes very difficult to measure and calculate your shipping material costs per package.  Here are some other things to consider:

 


 

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Material Cost: Using paper for void-fill and cushioning is operator dependent. Although paper might be cheaper, some packers might use less than what is needed while other use more. This makes it difficult to determine your overall shipping cost. Using pillows allows you to determine the right amount needed per box.

Labor Cost: Indirect costs are easy to overlook when doing a cost comparison between different types of packing materials. It’s time consuming  to crumble up a few feet of paper vs. pillows. Once inflated the operator simply pulls and tears the amount of pillows needed for each package.

Safety: Have you ever counted how many times your fingers get cut by paper? When your warehouse staff starts crumpling paper, there’s a high chance that they’ll get cuts. Ensure up time and keep workers safe with safer packing materials.


 

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Shipping Cost: Your products and packaging materials really count. Crumpled up Kraft paper weighs more than inflated pillows. As a result you will be paying more in shipping, whereas with pillows you’re basically shipping air.


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Performance: Kraft paper flattens during transit especially with heavier shipments. On average, ground transit is between 1 to 7 days, absorbing many shocks and vibrations and potentially damaging your products.

Customer Retention: It’s vital to use the right packaging materials to ensure your product arrives in pristine condition. It’s not pleasant talking to customers when they receive damaged products. Shipping out replacement products will cost your company more money to keep your customer happy.


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It’s time to try AirSaver Air Pillows
Measure how many air pillows you need for your packages. They’re easy to measure so you know exactly how much you are spending on packing materials. Stop wasting time crumpling paper when you can just let our FREE* machine do the job. We provide the unit for FREE and all you have to do is purchase film from us.


Variety of film sizes to fit your packaging needs.

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Find Out How Air Pillows Can Help You Save Money

If you ship a minimum of 25 packages a day, you may qualify for a FREE* Machine and start saving money today.

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Air Pillow Applications

Air Pillows provides optimal product protection and can replace any traditional void-fill and cushioning materials. It comes in different sizes to help fill different packages sizes and shape, protecting your items from moving and impact during transit. AirSaver film comes in 1 mil thickness that can withstand small to heavy shipments up to few hundred pounds.

Here are 5 common ways to optimally utilize our air pillows to ensure that your merchandise is safe during transit.

Blocking & Bracing – Avoid having your merchandise bounce back and forth during transit causing crushed products and boxes. Use air pillows to block & brace your shipment to avoid any unnecessary damages and keep the box structure intact.

Corner Protection – Increase shock absorbency in your shipping boxes and increase protection when you ship your products. By protecting all four corners of the box with our cushion wrap, you will be able to keep your merchandise in the middle where it is safest to ship.

Interleaving – Our Cushion Wrap air pillows are ideal for protecting items that are stacked and may have fragile surfaces such as dinnerware, frames, vases and automotive parts.

Top Filling – When your products are not packed tightly, they may get damaged during transit from being tossed around and stacked. Fill in any empty space on top to ensure that your products are not damaged.

Void Fill – Add air pillows to fill up all void in shipping boxes and protect your products during shipping. Recommended for items such as cosmetics: lipstick, fragrances, personal care products to candy bags. You can count the exact number of pillows used in each shipping box and decrease waste.


Available Film Sizes

For all your packaging needs, check out all of the film sizes we offer, click here.

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Our AirSaver F2 Cushioning Machine is FREE* for qualified customers. Contact Us.

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What’s Inside Your Box?

The Comparison Between Bubble Wrap vs. AirSaver Air Pillows

Do you know how much you’re spending every month on packing materials?
Are large rolls of bubble wrap overtaking precious storage space in your warehouse?

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It’s time to see why it makes sense to SWITCH from Bubble Wrap to Air Pillows.

Material Cost: What is the cost of bubble wrap vs. air pillows? If you’re not already using our air pillows, you are missing out on saving at least 20%. Air pillows are convenient to use and take up a lot less space in your warehouse compared to bubble wrap.

•    Storage Space: How much warehouse space do your packing materials take up in your warehouse? 
Our 1 roll of 12”x 16” film is about 1 cubic foot of space versus the 44 cubic space of bubble wrap. This means that a medium to large shipping operation can equal 1,000 cubic feet of space wasted!

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Cost Efficient

  • Package Cost: Use less packaging materials = lower costs per package. Using on demand bubble may lower overall average cost per package, but with our AirSaver cushion wrap less material is used to maximize savings and decrease waste.
  • Overall Shipping Cost: Lastlysize and weight have major impacts on your overall shipping costs. Cushion wrap is light-weight and you can control consistent quality when you can produce it in-house.

We provide the unit for FREE and all you have to do is purchase film from us.

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Variety of Film Sizes 

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Find Out How Air Pillows Can Help You Save Money

If you ship a minimum of 25 packages a day, you may qualify for a FREE* Machine and start saving money today.

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*20% savings compared to economy 16” wide bubble wrap. Variations and pricing may vary. Must meet minimum requirement per month to qualify for free machine. AirSaver is not responsible for typographical error. Additional exclusions apply.