Why transport is an important aspect of your product and packaging development

Corné van de Voort Corné van de Voort | 21-12-20 | 4 months ago

When you have a Faes Cases advisor at your table, you will be asked to take the shirt off your body. When developing the perfect custom-made case, all kinds of aspects are taken into consideration. For example, we discuss your wishes, needs and the specifications of your product(s). Based on this, our engineers will design a custom-made case or case for you. Because we pay extra attention to the preparation, you can be sure that the result is a packaging that meets what you consider important.

Your complete supply chain

In factors such as; the fragility of your product, the optimal layout of your suitcase interior, compactness, weight and other practical properties, you will probably be able to find yourself. But what few people realise is that transport is also an important aspect when designing the ideal custom-made suitcase or case. Often, packaging and transport only come up for discussion once the product development phase has been completed. A logical thought, because that is after all the chronological order of the process. But by involving these links earlier in your process, you can optimise your product development and supply chain as a whole. The advisors of Faes Cases will be happy to support you in this.

To give you an idea…

Transport options can influence the packaging design and the packaging in turn can even influence product development. At Faes we work closely together as departments, which enables us to find the best packaging solution for you in different areas. At the bottom of this article you can read an example of a challenge in which cooperation has led to advice that has greatly benefited the customer.

What requirements and wishes do you have with regard to transport?

Air freight, sea freight, transport by truck, train or courier, hundreds of transport service providers. The possibilities are endless, so what is the right one for your company and product? It depends on what is decisive; delivery speed or cost savings? Do you send hundreds of shipments to the other side of the world every year? Then the transport method and associated packaging solution can make all the difference. By thinking about this at an early stage, you have more control over your supply chain and therefore also over your costs.

The destination of your shipment 

Of course, the destination of your shipment also has an influence on your choice of form of transport. For example, if you send a parcel or pallet to the other side of the world, you are dependent on air or sea freight. There is a lot of difference between these forms of shipment and various logistics providers; in terms of efficiency, speed and costs. Especially with long distances (and high costs) it is advisable to consider whether your way of packing can be smarter or more compact. We will be happy to help you with this.

If you opt for inexpensive, flexible and fast: road transport

Depending on the destination and your wishes with regard to the delivery time, road transport is in many cases the most favourable option to locations within Europe. The costs are considerably lower than those of air freight. In addition, delivery within Europe usually takes place within a few days and changes can often be made last-minute. For deliveries to further (overseas) destinations, only road transport is not possible, but sea and air freight of course also involves road transport. This can also be transport by goods train.

Check with your carrier what the costs, conditions and maximum dimensions are for your shipments. Our advisors will be happy to support you in this, in cooperation with our logistics department.

Fast delivery worldwide with air freight

Air freight is the fastest way to transport your goods to the other side of the world. The cost of air transport depends on: the country of origin and destination, the type of goods, the desired arrival date (ETA) and the ‘paying weight’. In addition, you should be aware that each carrier has different dimensional restrictions.

‘Paid weight’, what is that?

To calculate the rate for air transport, transporters use either the weight or the volume weight. The weight is the number of kilograms of the shipment, the volume weight is calculated by multiplying the number of cubic metres (length x width x height) by 166,67. In the case of sea freight (LCL), this calculation is based on a different ratio, namely 1 cubic metre = 1,000 kilos. For road transport, 1m3 (cbm) = 333 kilos is used. If the volume weight is higher than the actual number of kilos, the rate is based on this. If the volume weight is lower than the actual number of kilos, the rate will be based on this. 

Cargo flight or passenger flight?

A good outcome if you consider both cost and speed of delivery important is to have your shipment transported in the hold of a passenger aircraft. This is simply more economical because airlines make the remaining cargo space available so that it can be used to its full potential. In addition, the door-to-door delivery time of your shipment is in most cases shorter as passenger aircraft land at virtually all airports, while cargo aircraft commute between import and export hotspots. However, a pallet (including goods) carried in the hold of a passenger aircraft may not exceed 160 cm in height. So in many cases it pays to take a closer look at your packaging dimensions.

Affordably far away: sea freight

Sea freight is a suitable shipping method if you want to send your products to distant destinations as cheaply as possible. This applies to pallets, but there are also transport companies that offer sea freight for parcels. That is a no-brainer, you might think. But when you choose sea freight, you have to take a longer delivery time into account. Depending on the destination and customs procedures in the country of destination, the transport may take several weeks.

Our Supply Chain Manager for packing and shipping advice

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John Lavrijsen, Supply Chain Manager at Faes, uses an example to show how our transport department contributes to finding the best total solution for our customers.

“One of the account managers indicated that his customer wanted to ship blue EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) boxes with sea freight to South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Turkey. My colleague wanted to find out for the customer what would be the most efficient way to ship these boxes?

We entered the order in the StackAssist program, from which we then concluded that the shipment was too large (20 pallets) for a full 20ft container, but we could not fill a 40ft container. What I advised was to adjust the order volume to the capacity of a full container (FCL), which gave the customer an advantage of scale (cost per package) because the customer regularly sends the products concerned to these consignors.

In addition, the alternative was a ‘mixed container’ (LCL), where the pallets are combined with other shipments; loaded by an external party. This increases the risk of damage. Opting for a full container, and also loading it into separate packages (without pallets), will result in considerable cost savings for the customer.

Would you like to know more about StackAssist? Or would you like to contact one of our advisors directly to discuss how Faes can help you pack and ship smarter and more efficiently? Feel free to contact us.

Corné van de Voort Corné van de Voort

Corné heeft in zijn carrière bij VDL veel kennis uit de High-Tech branche opgedaan. Met deze expertise richt hij zich in zijn functie bij Faes Cases specifiek op het High Tech segment. Heeft u een concrete verpakkingsbehoefte? Dan is Corné de juiste persoon om mee te sparren.


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