What should you consider when choosing a packaging supplier?

 

Are you an SME looking for your first packaging supplier? A medium-sized business who is seeking bespoke packaging suppliers to compare? Or a large organisation looking to switch packaging suppliers entirely?  The process of finding the perfect packaging supplier company to suit your requirements could be daunting.  Still, it is relatively straight forward when you arm yourself with certain information beforehand.  This blog will guide you by providing insight into what to consider when making this key decision for the success of your business.

Product range

It’s essential to think about selecting packaging materials and the quality of the prospective supplier’s products.

  • Do they offer everything you require so you can consolidate suppliers into one manageable account?
  • Are the MOQ’s suitable for the nature of your business?
  • Is the lead time meeting the demands placed upon your business throughout the year?

Understanding the packaging products you require, and ensuring the supplier will keep on top of stock levels, eliminating the potential of delays, ensures smooth transactions throughout and reinforces the decisions you need.

Although Law Print doesn’t hold stock, we work with businesses to ensure a continuous supply of packaging, especially if your business experiences seasonal peaks.  As a global supplier, we also have the unique selling point of offering a complete range of flexible packaging solutions across various formats, features and finishes – both in traditional or recyclable material specifications.

Packaging expertise

Colour systems and colour tables

With many types of packaging materials available, you need a supplier that looks at the bigger picture.  You should seek a supplier that understands the industry you operate in; they’ll be able to recognise common challenges and pain points you’re facing. In turn, this will result in efficient, cost-effective solutions set promptly.

Law Print specialises in offering packaging solutions for the following industries:

We take time to understand your packaging requirements and pair this with over 17 years of experience to recommend your business’s most effective solution. 

Competitive prices

Of course, you will get quotes from different potential packaging suppliers, and you will want those to be as competitive as possible.  However, be sure to consider the level of service you’re receiving compared to others.  Don’t sacrifice quality for the cheapest option – this may cost your business more in the long run due to damaged returns, increased shipping costs and even failed shipments.

Law Print offers competitive pricing that works not just for today but is also future-proof.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our prices have not changed.

Delivery

With many businesses working in a fast-paced environment, even a slight delay in receiving materials can cause productivity and financial loss problems.  When ordered, packaging products are usually needed promptly.  When launching a new range of products to market, make sure to have a realistic timescale and discuss expected delivery times to avoid disappointment.

Law Print’s lead time is currently 12 weeks for new products; we make all our packaging to order.

Customer service & testimonials

A crucial point to consider is the level of customer service you’ll receive from your packaging supplier. It’s essential that you should know what to expect in terms of communication and response times.  How quickly can you expect to receive a reply for general queries?  Do they have a dedicated account manager?

It’s also important to take the time to check out what customer touchpoints potential suppliers have available:

  • Do they have a live chat feature on their site for queries about packaging materials?
  • Do they have a phone number so you can actually call them directly?
  • Will the same person be dealing with your account?

This helps to determine how easily a supplier will be able to work with you.  Law Print provides all the above, including various social media platforms that allow quick responses to urgent questions.

Reviews are equally important.

“From initial discussions on the design and packaging technicalities, through to the final delivery, Law Print were so helpful and patient with us. As we were a new business with little experience in packaging, everything was explained so well to us and gave us full confidence in using them. They also did everything they could to help us with our deadlines to help get us to market as soon as possible. We would like to thank Conor and his team for all their help.” – Donna McCafferty, Co-owner, Sweet Cheeks

Finding the best packaging material supplier can be frustrating, especially when you aren’t sure what you should be looking for. Focusing on these critical factors will help you narrow down your priorities regarding your packaging needs. Your methods for packaging products are also likely to shift over time, so it’s vital that you look both short-term and long-term when choosing a supplier. Remember: it’s a business relationship like any other, so the right relationship will help your business to thrive.

These points are just a few of the things you should be thinking about when choosing a packaging supplier.  If you are looking for your perfect packaging partner, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 

If your brand is looking to invest in quality packaging, we will guide you through the entire print process. Providing recommendations along the way to improve efficiency, reduce costs and add untold value to the end product.

Contact us on +44 (0) 161 440 7302 or follow this link to complete our contact form.

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