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Shrink Wrap vs. Cardboard

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When it comes to choosing the right packaging for your business, it is essential that you find what works for your product as well as your business. With so many different packaging options available, it can be tough finding the right solution as well as something which will be cost effective, saving your organisation as much money as possible. 

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Of course, many businesses will use a number of packaging types, and this could range from cardboard and boxes to shrink wrap and plastic.

Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrap is much more cost effective than cardboard boxes and usually saves between 50-75% on materials alone. It has also been proven to be much more efficient as the equipment has the ability to collate products automatically.

Shrink wrap can save space in the warehouse as well as during distribution as one pallet of shrink wrap film can package the equivalent to 15 pallets of cardboard. As you might expect, this reduction in material requirement is also considered to be more environmentally friendly as less packaging is used.

The Difference

One of the main differences between shrink wrap and cardboard is that it can be a lot quicker to shrink wrap a product than pack products into boxes. When using shrink wrap as your packaging solution, it can very affordable compared to other packaging solutions like cardboard, as shrink wrap encloses the product, saving space when in the warehouse or during transportation.

Because of the material that shrink wrap is made of, it gives a product incredible protection from the outside elements as well as protecting it from moisture, and preventing any damage which may occur during transit or storage. If only using a cardboard box as storage it gives the product no protection against water, as well as not keeping it as secure.

Shrink Wrap Machines

Investing in a shrink wrap machine can give a business a sense of automation to the packaging process. Semi-automatic shrink wrap machines can aid the seal function and can even pack with speeds up to ten packs per minute. Fully automatic shrink wrap machines can have an output rate of 25-30 packs per minute or even beyond 100 packs per minute. This can be useful as it can remove direct operator involvement.

  • More protection for the product from elements like water, moisture.
  • It can keep the product in a sturdier state during transport.
  • More cost-effective, as when using a fully-automatic shrink wrap machine, there is no need for a direct operator.
  • By shrink wrapping a product, it can save space in the warehouse as well as during transit.

The main purpose of packaging is to protect the product, and whatever packaging solution you decide on will need to serve this purpose.

We can help you find the best packaging solution for your business. We have a fantastic range of shrink wrap machines and shrink wrap film to suit all business types and sizes. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a competitive quote.


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