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Ecommerce packaging

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Protect in transit & drive brand loyalty

Through consistent, reliable supply your ecommerce packaging can build brand loyalty, enhance your business’ reputation and ultimately boost sales. This goes hand in hand with reducing customer returns, the associated costs and the damage it can do to your brand.

Further to this, careful selection of your ecommerce packaging can help to minimise packaging times, allow for the elimination of secondary packaging and void fill, comply with Royal Mail guidelines and provide promotional messaging and branding.

01: Key Benefits.

Advantages to your business of the right ecommerce packaging

What many companies selling online neglect to consider is that their ecommerce packaging is the first “physical” interaction that their customers will have with their business.

Get this right, and you can realise a significant number of benefits.

Key benefits of ecommerce packaging

  • Protect items during transit, minimising damage / returns
  • Can carry branding and add value to customers
  • Can help reduce fulfilment times through quicker assembly / packing
  • Can be enhanced with tamper evident features
  • Reduce costs through sizing tailored to postal / courier network guidelines
  • Custom designs can reduce need for secondary packaging (e.g. void fill)

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02: Transit Protection.

Ensure customer satisfaction by reducing damage in transit

The key job of ecommerce packaging is, of course, to allow your products to reach your online customers in the same condition that it left your business.

Whilst this may seem obvious, the number of customer complaints relating to items arriving damaged is increasing.

In fact, recent surveys have indicated that over a third of consumers will view a company as unprofessional if an ecommerce order arrives with the external packaging visibly damaged.

It gets worse;

50% of consumers will outright refuse delivery if the package is damaged on arrival. This can prove hugely damaging to your business’ efforts to build brand reputation and loyalty.

Fortunately, well designed corrugated packaging can provide the quality of packaging that your brand deserves.

By carefully selecting an appropriate material and structural design, which is then tailored to the specific dimensions of your products, custom corrugated packaging can completely eliminate transit damage.

Printed ecommerce boxes
Whilst it can be tempting to concentrate on print and branding of your ecommerce boxes, they must fulfil their primary objective of protecting your customers orders in transit

This physical protection can be further enhanced through tamper proof / evident features, which also provides your customers with reassurance that their orders have not been intercepted – or even worse stolen – whilst being delivered to them.

The benefits of this are two-fold. Firstly, by minimising customer returns, the associated costs of this (written off stock, cost of return postage, replacement product, admin etc.) is vastly reduced, minimising the costs to your business.

Secondly, the increased customer satisfaction can help to drive brand loyalty, word of mouth referrals and aid repeat sales. In essence, it enhances your brand reputation and perception.

Reliable performance to ensure protection in transit

  • Minimised transit damage leads to fewer customer returns and eliminates the associated costs
  • Custom sizes tailored to specific products can further boost protection
  • Tamper-proof options to enhance the security of items and minimise theft
  • Enhance customer satisfaction through reliable supply of orders
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03: Branding & Added Value.

Ecommerce packaging that can offer “added value”

However, the reliable supply of your online orders is not the only way you can enhance your brand perception and loyalty.

Ecommerce packaging can be a key way of promoting your brand and communicate your key messages to your customers.

There is an increasing importance on the experience buyers have when opening their products – some even take to social media to share the experience. It is therefore increasingly important then for the opening experience to be a positive one your customers.

Ecommerce loyalty
The right ecommerce packaging that adds value to your customers can help to drive repeat sales and brand loyalty

Your Ecommerce packaging can be printed using a variety of techniques that ensure a high quality, professional finish.

From simple single colour printing of logos to the external surfaces, to high quality digital and lithographic print that is only visible once the pack is opened, there is an option to suit your brand positioning, budget and target customers.

Ecommerce Packaging that can boost sales and customer satisfaction

  • Wide choice of printing options on either internal or external surfaces
  • Range of material options, colours and finishes to reflect your brand personality
  • Can provide an enhanced “opening experience” that will aid repeat business
  • Potential for including promotional messages, returns info etc. directly on packaging
What GWP Packaging customers say

GWP always offers us an efficient, timely service with great results. They are always available to talk through concepts and ensure our designs are spot on. If we need to talk to or see someone, it’s always possible, samples are turned around in good time and nothing is too much effort.

Liz Cuff | Marketing Manager, Tracklements

04: Uses / Applications.

Image gallery highlighting typical applications / uses for ecommerce packaging

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05: Cost Savings.

Further ways to reduce the cost of packaging your online orders

Besides considering the impact of packing times on your business, there are other ways you can reduce the overall costs of your packaging.

For example, the use of corrugated cartons that are tailored to Royal Mail sizing guidelines can help to minimise the costs of postage when sending out orders.

This can also allow for accurate postage charges to either absorbed into the price of your products whilst remaining competitive, or be passed to your customers without discouraging purchases.

Ecommerce packaging advantages
Ecommerce packaging can actually help reduce fulfilment times, through easy assemble designs and minimising secondary packaging

If you are using couriers to send your items, the custom sizes tailored to your product could offer a more cost effective solution.

This is mainly achieved through eliminating the need for secondary and / or void fill packaging such as foam pellets or air sacks. This not only reduces your costs – through having a streamlined inventory – but can also have a positive impact on packaging times.

Finally, you can choose to have your ecommerce packaging supplied as part of a JIT agreement.

This would see an agreed stock level of your packaging supplies held at GWP Packaging, and delivered just as you required them. This not only minimises your on-site inventory and storage requirements, but also helps to combat peaks / troughs in demand (e.g. busy festive periods).

Streamline your packing and fulfilment operations

  • Can be supplied flat packed to ensure effective storage at your warehouse
  • Option for packaging to be supplied fully assembled to minimise packing and fulfilment times
  • Standard sizes (tailored to Royal guidelines) for accurate postage charges / planning
  • Custom sizes eliminates the need for secondary packaging / void fill, reducing costs
  • Available with JIT / Kanban supply to minimise on site inventory and lower storage costs
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06: About GWP Packaging.

Your innovative packaging partner

GWP Packaging has been manufacturing successful corrugated cardboard packaging for over twenty five years.

However, the last 5 years has seen an explosion in the volume of ecommerce packaging produced, allowing us to partner with an ever more diverse range of businesses.

Corrugated box manufacturers
GWP Packaging are more than just corrugated box manufacturers, being able to offer your business custom products and a range of supporting services

Your business has an opportunity to work with a dedicated packaging design department, that as well as creating innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs will always consider the commercial implications to your business.

A modern production facility and highly skilled staff also ensures that your packaging will always be of the highest quality.

This expertise across not only ecommerce packaging, but retail and transit applications too, also means you can benefit from a range of specialist services.

This includes rationalisation of your entire packaging inventory, testing of new packs to ensure specified performance levels are met, a free sampling service and impartial, no obligation advice from a friendly, experienced team.

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Speak with an ecommerce packaging design specialist

If your ecommerce packaging is seeing too much damage in transit, isn’t reflecting your brand or just needs a lift – please speak with a member of the team here at GWP Packaging.

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