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Reduce Damage or Reduce Stretch Film costs? Fix the Big Problem First!

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Identify the Key Issues

This picture is the story of a classic struggle - good intentions versus misdirected attention - that's all too common in the world of stretch wrapping. Companies see the film costs of stretch wrapping and are generally concerned with how to reduce that expense by a few percentage points. However, they fail to take into account how little it is actually saving them.

It only takes about $10 of stretch film to ship a typical truckload of pallets. However, 1/2%* of total shipments are damaged to the point of being unsalable on the way to their destinations, generating billions of dollars of losses a year. 

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Topics: Product Damage, Stretch Film Cost

2 Ways Adding More Automation Can Save You Big Bucks

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Apr 1, 2015 3:44:00 PM

 

Work smarter, not harder.

Adding a feature that automatically attaches film to a load at the beginning of the cycle and cuts it at the end means an operator can start the wrap cycle without getting off the forklift. Keeping your driver on a forklift reduces the labor required per load by an average of two minutes. Costing about $4,000, this features pays for itself in about one year for someone wrapping as few as 30 loads per day. The chart below shows the potential labor savings over the machine’s seven year economic life. 

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Stretch Film Cost, Labor Savings

The Smart Way to Get The Most Value From Your Stretch Film

Posted by Whitney Morris on Mar 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

You’re driving home after work and your gas light is on … again. You notice a gas station selling gas for $3.50/gallon and another selling the same gas for $1.50/gallon. Which station are you pulling into? It’s a no-brainer. You’re going to pay the least amount to get the most.

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Topics: Stretch Film, Stretch Film Cost

Hard Cider Co. Benefits From Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper [Case Study]

Posted by Whitney Morris on Mar 20, 2015 1:58:00 PM

One of the fastest growing beverage categories in the U.S. is fermented apple juice a.k.a. hard cider.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Throughput, Operational Efficiency, Stretch Film Cost, Labor Savings

3 Tips to Lower Freight Shipping Costs Before the Load Leaves the Dock

Posted by Whitney Morris on Feb 12, 2015 10:47:00 AM

The cost of labor continues to rise. This year, U.S. labor costs had its largest increase in more than five years.

Think about stretch wrapping, specifically the labor involved in hand wrapping a load. It’s a time-consuming process. Besides speed walking in circles around the load, the operator sometimes must get on and off the forklift.

You can actually avoid some of these tedious steps when you use a stretch wrapper with productivity enhancing features.

Here are three expert tips you can follow to cut cost with little effort:

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, EZ Weigh, Freight, Stretch Film Cost, Labor Savings

The Problems With Hand Wrapping Pallets

Posted by Whitney Morris on Dec 11, 2014 2:22:00 PM

Let’s face it. Machines are better than humans at doing rote tasks, but they’re not better at doing work that requires intellectual decisions. In the world of stretch wrapping, machines wrap loads better than people do. A lot better, actually.

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Topics: Pallet-Grip, Stretch Wrapping, Operational Efficiency, Stretch Film Cost

How to Get the Most Value From Your Stretch Film

Posted by Whitney Morris on Aug 14, 2014 4:29:00 PM

You’re driving home after work and your gas light is on … again. You notice a gas station selling gas for $3.50/gallon and another selling the same gas for $1.50/gallon. Which station are you pulling into? It’s a no-brainer. You’re going to pay the least amount to get the most.

While deals like that are few and far between, there’s another deal you can take advantage of when it comes to stretch film economy. You have the choice to pay $36 for 6000 ft. of film or $36 for 18,000 ft. of film. Which would you choose? More than likely, the latter of the two options. If you want this deal, you have to use pre-stretch. It gives you the most bang for the buck.

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Topics: Stretch Film, Stretch Film Cost

It's Damage...Duh!

Posted by Allison Myers on Jul 24, 2014 10:15:00 AM

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Stretch Film Cost

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