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How to Limit Product Losses

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16 Oct. 2019. It’s very important that you make every effort to protect your products at every stage. This includes when they go from the warehouse to the destination. If you are not sure if you are, then there are a few things that you can do to try and help yourself.

In the warehouse

You have to make sure that you assess warehouse personnel. You also need to check the qualifications of those who are responsible for handling your products and managing your stock too. If you don’t then you may end up putting your company at risk. Another thing that you can do is check your process. How often do you handle your products? Are they labelled? What do you do about products that are damaged through poor storage? By analyzing all of this information, you can then begin to document your process while also making it much more efficient.

Product packaging

Another thing that you can do is check the product packaging you have and even the dimensions too. You need to look out for breakages and you also need to make sure that you are choosing the right type of packaging too. If you don’t then this will lead to even more problems and you may even find that you need to change this. If you don’t then you could be losing out on even more money later on.

During shipment

Single-walled corrugated boxes are great for small and medium products, but at the end of the day they are not good for large products. You also have to make sure that you stick with the right fasteners too. Tape comes in all shapes, sizes and strengths. Some shipments will require you to use box staples as this will help them to stay intact during transport. If you have your brand on your shipment package then this may be a good way for you to advertise your company but on the flip side, it can also attract thieves. This is the last thing that you need, so consider plain packaging and also make sure that you keep it discreet.

Weigh everything

If you ship products by the weight or if you need to weigh products out, then it would be beneficial for you to use some scales to weigh out your materials instead. If you don’t then you may end up really missing out because you’ll be sending your customers more products than they need. One way for you to avoid this would be for you to invest in some industrial load cells. Of course, it also helps to look at your profit margin and to also find out if you can use smaller packages to ship your products instead. This will free up more of your budget and it will also help you to run your business much more efficiently which is always a bonus.

Of course, there are many things that you can do to try and limit product loss, and by following the above tips, you can be sure to make the biggest difference.

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