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The Benefits of Low-Run Manufacturing for Businesses

A problem often experienced by businesses looking to order units from manufacturers – whatever the industry – is quantity. For global corporations, large orders are no issue, of course, but what about for smaller companies? Small-to-medium-sized businesses have long been faced with the dilemma of whether to go without certain products, or make a fairly hefty investment into a quantity of products they realistically don’t need as many of. Here at Guardpack, though, we’re proud to provide a manufacturing middle ground, so to speak. Our factory offers low-run manufacturing options on our various antibacterial wet wipe and sachet products. We wanted to explore some of the main benefits such an option provides businesses.

Less Waste

We’re living in a more environmentally-conscious era than ever before, and companies are (rightly) concerned about their sustainability practices and carbon footprint, particularly when purchasing products that contain any quantity of plastic.

By offering low-run manufacturing options, though, companies are going to be more likely able to purchase there or thereabouts the exact quantity of product that they need, as opposed to massively overbuying, simply because that was the only option available to them.

Increasingly Tight Overheads and Margins

Businesses are operating increasingly squeezed margins, financially speaking, especially after the past eighteen months or so. Businesses simply don’t have the capital to spend more than they potentially need to. If you’re a small business and have forecast that you’ll use or sell just under 2,000 units of a product, then putting in an order for 10,000, let’s say, just doesn’t make shrewd fiscal sense.

These smaller manufacturing runs, then, are perfect for the current state of the business world, and perfect for those companies that haven’t got cash to simply throw around – those businesses reliant on cash flow, for instance.

Suits Smaller Businesses Just Starting Out

Whether you’re a cosmetics company, an office stationery depot or a mechanic franchise, there’s one thing that links them all, and that’s that starting out as a business presents an element of risk, no matter how well thought-out your business plan. For these businesses, an element of caution is understandable, and whilst gung-ho, impulsive decisions can reap great rewards for a firm, it can also bring financial ruin.

With that in mind, an initial smaller order of units – to test the waters, as it were – can only be a good idea. That way, if your products sell or are used as effectively as you’d hoped they would, then you can quickly place a bigger order for more units. If for whatever reason, however, the units don’t shift, then you’ve not made as big a financial loss and you can chalk it down to experience.

Spread Your Business’ Resources More Evenly

Let’s say that you’re a cosmetics company, for instance, and you’re looking to offer a variety of different sampling sachets. If you’re operating on a tight budget, then with larger, traditional manufacturing runs, you’re going to struggle to trial all the different sachets that you want to. You’re left forced to pick one product to get a large quantity of, when in reality, you’d prefer a more manageable quantity of a greater number of different products.

Thinking about our factory’s manufacturing capabilities in this scenario, for example, and – compared with a factory offering runs of 10,000 units as a minimum – we’d be able to offer 5 lots of different sachets for the 1 you’d be getting from the bigger factory. In other words, low-run manufacturing increases your options drastically.

Larger manufacturers (purely by dint of their size) more often than not make you pick and choose – make you put all your eggs in one precarious basket. With lower-manufacturing runs, on the other hand, you can diversify and play a safer hand, from a business perspective.

Our Services

Here at Guardpack, we manufacture individual wet wipes, multipack/flowpack wipes, cream, gel and liquid-filled sachets, and much more. We offer these items in runs as low as 2,000 items, in a variety of designs and materials. As a UK manufacturer, we hold BS EN ISO 9001:2015 certification, and our quality control systems have gone through stringent testing and have been approved by both multi-nationals and governmental organisations, alike.

Contact Us

So, if you’d like to find out more about our low-run manufacturing options, or about any of our antibacterial wet wipe products or filled sachets, then just get in touch! Contact Guardpack today on 01245 505 807 or by emailing us at trade@guardpack.co.uk. Alternatively, you can fill out one of our online enquiry forms and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. However you wish to get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you!

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