There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your products on the shelves of any shop, and if you see a customer buying or purchasing your product, so much the better. But the process of bringing your products to the shelves is a long one indeed – you would have to produce and manufacture it first, of course, and then package it accordingly, making sure it is appealing yet adheres to various packaging regulations at the same time. If you have been thinking of optimising the services of a contract packer for a while now, you know very well that they can do a lot in terms of your packaging needs. If they can take care of your product packaging, you can concentrate on other relevant matters to grow your business. But choosing a contract packer isn’t something you should take lightly since a lot lies on their shoulders. So what should you look for in a contract packer? Here’s how best to choose.


  • Determine your needs

First, you have to determine your needs. Then, identify precisely what you need your contract packer to do, think carefully about your budget, and be realistic. If your contract packing company has good experience and expertise, they should be able to give you an assessment of your required budget and even how to adjust it, so it stays within your means.


  • Create your shortlist – and ask the right questions

There are many contract packing firms out there, but your contract packing partner should prove to be the right fit for your needs. That said, it’s crucial to ask the right questions, such as whether or not they have already worked with the same or similar products and what difficulties or challenges they have faced in their operations and how they solved them. You may also want to ask them about their general experience as a contract packer and whether they could provide you with references. Finally, here’s another critical question: the cost. Ask them how they calculate a project’s cost because this will give you a better idea of their estimated fees for your project. It would also be good to ask them about their quality and packaging control procedures and their accreditations or certifications in the industry.


  • Consider their location

It may be in your best interest to find out where they are located because you can potentially benefit from increased savings based on the transportation expenses for your goods. In addition, your manufacturing facility should be close enough to the packaging site for you to benefit from savings on transport.


  • Request a quotation or proposal

When you’ve narrowed down your list of potential packaging partners, it’s time to request a quotation or proposal. Their proposal should include the work scope and what they are supposed to do for your business, and it should also include a description of the exact services they can offer to you. The quotation or proposal should also include the cost of the project and payment terms and schedules.

If you think their proposal is a good one, you can then finalise the agreement and sign it, but make sure to have a good means of communication, so you know what’s going on at all times.

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By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.