There are numerous benefits to bundling your chipboard packaging needs with a single supplier like Badger Paperboard. But when you’re evaluating a manufacturer for multiple packaging needs, how should you be evaluating them?
Here are some factors to consider in your search.
1. Seamless Logistics
Seek out suppliers who have strategically placed locations across the areas they serve. These suppliers will be more cost-efficient than local or regional manufacturers and can offer better lead times and more attentive customer service staff who understand the needs of those they serve.
At Badger, we have four strategically located facilities nationwide, and our services even extend up to Canada and down to Mexico. That means shipments crossing the border all get the same personalized attention.
And if you have orders going through separate locations at suppliers with nationwide locations, it’s often no problem. Big suppliers can easily track all of your disparate orders from a single system.
This leads us to another great reason to bundle…
2. Less Overhead, More Transparency
How much time do you spend following up on orders from various vendors and suppliers? Vetting and qualifying suppliers also takes time – and time is money. When you choose a single chipboard supplier, you get all that time back!
Ensure that you choose a supplier that has a centralized electronic ordering and monitoring system that connects all of their facilities. Ask about how they keep track of orders to ensure that deadlines are met. Also, consider how responsive they are. Do they get back to you in an hour, 24 hours? Four days? Four weeks? If they know a shipment is delayed or won’t reach you during the estimated time frame, at what point will they contact you? The day they know, or the day you expected your shipment?
The more responsive and transparent a supplier is, the less likely you are to be blindsided by surprises down the road.
3. Less Risky Business
In a post-pandemic world, we all have our eyes on the tricky logistics of global supply chains. When choosing a supplier, look for one that has a solid supply and distribution network to avoid downtime and delays. The closer to home their supply chain is, the better.
An ongoing partnership with a single supplier also means you benefit from cost savings based on bulk orders. You are more likely to see real savings from a single supplier that you have a strong relationship with than a few one-off suppliers you order bits and pieces from.
Does sustainability matter to your company and/or your customers? If so, it’s important to know where your chipboard supplier is acquiring their materials. Chipboard is a paperboard product made completely of recycled fibers, typically a mix of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials. However, not all suppliers are using 100% recycled materials, and fewer still have integrated sustainability into other aspects of their business.
When choosing a supplier, ask about their sustainability practices – and how they are passing these cost savings on to you and your end customers.