The Logistics of Kitting, Packaging and Palleting in Shipping

January 15, 2020 | Posted in Company News & Updates

What is Kitting?

In simple terms, kitting is the process of combining separate orders that are all shipping to the same customer into one, single, ready-to-ship kit. When you fill orders of multiple items without kitting, you ship each item as they individually arrive, but with kitting, you hold on to each product until they all arrive and then send them all at once. Kitting is a useful system that e-commerce businesses utilize all over the world.

What are the Benefits of Kitting?

There are many different benefits to kitting that can simplify shipping, cut costs and make products more attractive to consumers. The best part about kitting is that you already have what you need for it right in your inventory. It’s more of a process of doing business than a tool or resource. With kitting, you can free up space in your warehouse as you move inventory to a nearby warehouse, improve productivity, lower costs and increase profits.  

How can Packagers Customize Kitting?

Kiting allows you to get creative with your business and provide multiple options for your customers. This is especially crucial if you sell many small but related items. For example, if you sell dining ware and one of your products are wine glasses, most customers won’t want to buy only one at a time, so you can sell them in sets of four, eight, 16, etc. Plus, you could sell entire bundles with enough plates, silverware and glasses for one, two, five and ten people and so on. There’s no downside to mixing and matching different sets. Kitting is the best way to handle some of the most popular e-commerce sales tactics, including bundles savings sites, customized items, made-to-order boxes and subscription boxes. 

How Often do Items Require Custom Packaging?

Custom packaging is usually not too much of a problem when shipping products domestically. Pallets and boxes should do the trick. Shipping overseas is a different matter, however, and there are a number of factors to consider. Exporters need to think about breakage, moisture, weight limits, theft and weather. When packaging for orders overseas, whether by ship or plane, you should pack your items in strong containers that are tightly sealed.

Also, make sure the weight in your containers is evenly distributed, your goods are palletized and containerized, and the container’s filler is made of moisture-resistant materials. To prevent pilfering, you should avoid writing brand names on the outside of the containers, and finally, pay attention to hazardous material and product-specific packaging requirements.  

The Use of Palleting in Shipping

Freight shipping generally requires palleting. Pallets are portable, wooden platforms used for transporting goods. Palleting has many purposes and can solve numerous problems. For instance, many carriers won’t ship your products at all unless you use pallets. Also, just like with kitting, palleting allows you to ship multiple products all at once while cutting costs and reducing stress.

Palleting makes storage and inventory easier too, as dozens of pallets can be stacked on top of each other and stored away like blocks. Finally, because of the gaps between the boards in pallets, air circulation is improved, so your products won’t get damaged during shipping. Plus, most pallets are reusable, so they won’t just end up in landfills like so much other trash.  

The Need for Well Managed Warehouse Logistics

Warehouse logistics is the organization, maintenance and management in warehousing. Whether it’s pinpointing exactly where an item is being stored and extracting it for shipping or consolidating various products into one shippable unit, warehouse logistics play an important part in e-commerce. Other concerns include supply chain and inventory management, cost controls, HR and security. Kitting, palleting and packaging are all processes that need to work in sync for operations to run smoothly. From the moment the products arrive, to the time they are sent off to your customers, these methods must be maintained, or your business will be forced to slow down.     

How AW2 can Help Your Business Succeed

Kitting, palleting, packaging and all the other factors involved in shipping can take a toll on your mind and your wallet. With so much that you have to take care of in your e-commerce business, this isn’t something you need on your plate. That’s why AW2 has what you need. With seven convenient locations, AW2 handles everything, including warehousing, crating, transportation and supply chain services, letting you focus your energy on your business. At AW2, we have almost 70 years of experience behind us, and in that time, we’ve mastered the processes of kitting, palleting, packaging and more, giving you solutions for your clients and maximizing your profits.    

It’s time to discover what AW2 can do for you. To find out more, visit us at http://aw2logistics.com/contact/ today.

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