It was no coincidence that the Company was founded at the start of the E-com boom! and our insight to assist and further improve retail supply chain fulfilment.
How the world has changed since the millennium, Y2K came and went without a glitch and online shopping became a ‘thing’. It continues to evolve at staggering pace, so much so that packaging and automation (hand in glove) collectively has become one of the world’s largest proactive and growth industries.
The global pandemic encouraged some of the more sceptical to pick up a digital device to gain access to a multitude of online shopping platforms, which is now the go-to routine across the majority of households and generations alike. Media commentators regularly focus on the demise of the high street, which is sadly true, but rarely do they bring to attention the phenomenal growth in brand new state of the art distribution ‘sheds’, and with this. the people they employ, the construction and logistics industries that build and support such vast out of town facilities.
Packrobat has been part of this exciting journey and welcome you to share our knowledge and experience. Operating an agency free strategy allows us access to some of the best innovators, manufacturers, and service providers in the field.
Our purpose is to assist clients in finding the best packaging and automation to complement their business support systems, products, supply chain aspirations, and brand image and in doing so help streamline key end of line processes to realise better efficiency, reliability, and profitability.
We work across all levels of automation and customer budget: operations that are predominately manual with lower outputs, upto mid and high-speed automated facilities. We integrate standard and bespoke solutions for: packing machines, packaging materials, labelling, picking trolleys, conveyors, goods and parcel and sortation etc
Our team realise the power of branding, so we always encourage marketeers to be an integral part of any project. Research reveals the importance of creating a great customer experience when receiving and ‘unboxing’ their order, and the benefits of being able to employ original packaging for their returns. The package should always synergise its message with the client’s online presence.
Significant thought goes into doing our bit for the environment: we keep a keen eye on reducing carbon footprint and raw material sustainability by lowering or eliminating use of plastics. We keep in close contact with leading packaging material developers, who focus on inclusion of recycled content or natural alternatives such as plant-based films, soluble insulations and totally paper based solutions.
We have successfully partnered in some JVs with both suppliers and end customers, delivering some industry changing projects. These are generally born out of a unique ‘need’ and require innovative thinking and a teamwork approach from a wide base of industry specialists. Our most rewarding achievements have been equipment or material based, and on occasions a combination of both.
Full review of a current distribution operation, spotlight on picking, packing, labelling, sorting and how automation could improve output, pack quality and consistency, workflow and ergonomics. Discuss current packaging versus alternatives, assess environmental affects across the process, unearth potential branding opportunities and returns handling.
Calculate full cost of project implementation, outline ROI, and list associated benefits (limiting returns, maximising the brand). Consider future proofing the business via modular design or multiple installations. It is also important to factor in operational and life costs, single points of failure and contingency plans, impact on peak trading periods.
Oversee introduction of new automation and working practises into the Distribution Centre. Undertake full project management from order point to sign off, and beyond. Introduce training programs that champion personnel to specific tasks, devise bespoke service contracts and service level agreements. Manage spare parts and labour resource to minimise downtime.