Company spotlight: Antalis Packaging

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What does Antalis Packaging offer?

There’s much more to Antalis Packaging than just being a leading packaging supplier to ecommerce businesses, third party logistics operations and contract packers. As well as providing an extensive packaging product range backed by an outstanding delivery service, our experienced team of experts provide consultancy services and bespoke solutions. Working closely with our customers, our team will review existing operations and identify areas where new products and solutions can increase efficiencies, streamline operations, speed up processes and deliver significant cost savings, all while maintaining maximum product protection. This process may involve the introduction of new or bespoke protective packaging solutions, automated systems or a complete rethink of the customer’s packaging and warehouse setups.

How do you help your customers maximise efficiencies?

Our client portfolio includes companies operating in retail, ecommerce and logistics, plus many manufacturing companies across a diverse range of sectors, from food, automotive, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics to construction. We work with customers to pinpoint problem areas and identify where improvements can be made. This might be in the form of cost savings through the introduction of a new carton or more effective protective solutions to reduce product damage and returns, but can also be optimising space within the warehouse by introducing just-in-time delivery and stock management options. We also offer a range of semi-automated and fully-automated packing systems that can speed up operational throughput as well as reduce costs.

Do you have specific solutions for internet retailers?

With consumer online purchases in the UK expected to grow by 70% by 2020, our goal is to help our internet retail customers with protective packaging appropriate to their products – to minimise the packaging required while maximising the protection. For instance, in addition to a wide range of standard packaging products available for next day delivery, we offer many ‘in-the-box’ packaging solutions and systems to ‘right size’ the box.

How do you evaluate a customer’s packaging operations?

Every situation and customer visit is different, so how long the process takes is very much determined by what the customer wants from us. If our client want us to review their operations, we’ll take the time we need to understand all aspects of their packaging process, from product and order data, size of cartons and product selection, through to efficiency, environmental requirements and package integrity. We also get our packaging technologist involved to help address pain points, test new or bespoke products, identify suitable solutions and provide comprehensive feedback.

If a simple, tried and tested solution is required, this can take as little as a few days. Where a complete solution is needed that requires new bespoke designs, prototypes, testing and production, this can take up to several weeks.

How can you help customers to reduce their carbon footprint while protecting their products?

We are dedicated to finding solutions that help our customers address their environmental responsibility while maintaining maximum product protection. Take our new 100% carbon neutral Eco-box range, where each box is enhanced with a heavy duty corrugate single wall that offers the same protective qualities as a double wall. This box is made from FSC Certified Board, is 40% lighter than a double wall and allows for 40% more on a pallet.

Antalis has also introduced our Green Star System to help consumers select the most environmentally friendly products from our range, which includes products that are made from recycled materials and are themselves recyclable.

What kind of ecommerce solutions do you provide?

All of our packaging materials are available through a transactional website where B2B customers can place orders online and review purchases. We have also implemented an integrated solution for some of our customers that connects their back-office system to our system.


Customer case study – Bringing home the beer for Brewhive

When online craft beer company Brewhive launched in 2015, after they had brewed their distinctive flavoured beers, their next major challenge was how they could transport glass bottles and fragile beer glasses to consumers in the most cost effective way while at the same time offering the highest levels of protection.

As Brewhive’s marketing manager Anna Roper explains,

“With customer loyalty so easily and negatively affected when receiving damaged goods, it was essential to find the right packaging solution to maintain the high levels of protection needed to transport glass-based products while keeping costs and material wastage to a minimum.”

Having previously worked with Brewhive’s sister ecommerce businesses, The Fine Coffee Club and Diet Chef, Antalis Packaging was called in. Understanding there was no ‘on the shelf’ solution, Antalis Packaging designed and developed specialist cartons to accommodate the bottles and drinking glasses. The final solution was a recyclable carton made from corrugated board, with inserts that ‘suspend’ the bottles and hold them in place for maximum protection.

As a result of the cartons, Brewhive is now spending less on both packaging materials and postage costs, without compromising the integrity of their bottled beers and glasses.

“We’ve seen a 50% reduction in consumables costs,” says Roper. “This has not only delivered considerable cost savings for us as a business due to fewer breakages and returns, it has also enabled us to pass those savings on to our customers in the form of more product promotions. From the very start, Antalis Packaging understood our business needs and has continued to be extremely responsive and adaptable to our constantly changing business model.”


Antalis Packaging in Brief

Antalis Packaging is part of the Antalis Group, the number one packaging, paper and visual communication materials distributor in Europe.

Antalis Packaging has been selling protective packaging solutions since the mid-1980s, growing organically to become a £21m business prior to the acquisition of Ambassador Packaging at the end of 2011, which more than doubled its turnover. In January 2015, it rebranded the business to Antalis Packaging, consolidating its corporate identity under the single Antalis brand.

The Antalis Group employs 5,585 people, serves 120,000 customers in 44 countries worldwide and generated a turnover of €2.6 billion in 2015.

For more information on Antalis Packaging, visit www.antalispackagingsolutions.co.uk, call 0370 241 1466 or email pkteam@antalis.co.uk