A Practical Guide To Shrink Wrap Packaging
Shrink Wrap Packaging Overview
Shrink Wrap Packaging is a tried and true shipping method and its effectiveness is largely why Delkor became known as the 'Spot-Pak Shrink Wrap Company' over the years. Chances are, if you're reading this, you'd like to see the nuances of Shrink Wrap and some proof of its effectiveness yourself. If so, you're in the right place.
If package durability is your primary concern, you may want to a variation of pure Shrink Wrap Packaging, such as a middle-of-the-road tray shrink design. We’ll cover the variations and popular designs later... First off, let's do an overview of the benefits that one can take advantage of by making the switch to Shrink Wrap Packaging, from other package designs...
Shrink Wrap Packaging SAVES MONEY
There are countless package designs to analyze when considering switching Shrink Wrap Packaging, but before digging into the package details, it’s rewarding to step back and look at the benefits of using shrink film to wrap your package. Compared to the standard “brown box” RSC Cases, Shrink Wrap Packaging can produce enormous material savings (generally between 50-75%). By replacing the corrugated material with a polyethylene film, you can maintain structural integrity of the product throughout the shipping process, at a fraction of the price.
In the last few years, Shrink Wrap Packaging methods have become a trendy issue, as they are far and away the most sustainable packages available for shipping products. Very little material is used to wrap the products, and once the product arrives at its destination, the majority of the polyethylene film can be recycled!
Classic Shipping Case Designs
"Brown Box" RSC Case - This is your standard shipper. RSC stands for Regular Slotted container; these generally are composed of corrugated material or paperboard. These cases may include partisans and have variations in which they are formed from a single blank that is wrapped around the product.
Cabrio Case - If you know Delkor, you probably have heard of this retail ready case. The benefits of having a single piece shipper and display tray make deciding between the Cabrio Case and cost cutting Shrink Wrap Packaging designs an exceptionally nuanced discussion.
FSC Cases - Flange Style Cases have been made popular by Delkor's Trayfecta line of Case Erectors and Carton Formers. FSC Cases are not pre-glued, like their RSC counterparts.
Club Store Trays - Think seasonal candy. These cases are not ideal for the shipping process, but they display beautifully. Their easy access from low flaps, stackable design, and generally large sizes make them a perfect display method for large pouches and bags.
Shrink Wrap Shipping Packages
Spot-Pak - This is the tried and true Shrink Wrap Package. This patented package applies a temporary glue adhesive to a pad, places the product on the pad, and then applies shrink wrap around the unit. By adding a bottom pad to the shrink wrapped package, we've found that the package is much more durable during shipment. Top pads can also be applied to add additional package strength.
Shrink Bundling - Send the product through the shrink bundler alone and ship that unit. This is only a viable option for sturdy rigid products.
Tray Shrink - Send the retail tray into the shrink tunnel and be amazed... this method works for plenty of products that are sturdy enough to survive shipment without additional padding. If package durability is your primary concern, you may want to a variation of pure shrink bundling, such as a middle-of-the-road tray shrink design.
Turbo Case - This is a Retail Ready Shrink Wrapped Display that works flawlessly for vendors with rigid products! Watch this Turbo Case overview video to see this retail ready shipping case in action.
Retail Ready Packaging
The Retail Ready Packaging revolution has arrived. Leading the charge for Retail Ready shrink wrap applications is Delkor's patented Turbo Case (see video above). Kroger recently adopted the Turbo Case, and soon dairy aisles across the nation will be proudly displaying the package. Delkor is leading the charge in retail ready packaging, with several different patented designs.
Shrink Wrap Machines
There are quite a few different package variations offered by Delkor when looking at Shrink Wrap designs... Luckily, our Combo Line has the flexibility to form all of them, and can switch from one design to another at the touch of a button! In seconds, machine operators can switch from one design to another. The possibilities are truly expansive, as one machine can switch between tray shrink, Spot-Pak, Turbo Case, shrink bundling, and more.
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