Contract Packaging, also known as Co-Packing, is the overall process of assembling a product or good into its final finished packaging. Contract Packaging can be a simple or complex process as it is customized according to the specific scope of the product packaging, which varies greatly across the retail, commercial or trade industries. Contract Packaging and Co-packaging companies provide contract packaging services to product manufacturers and often act as an extension of the company.
Depending on the product, the final packaging may come in a variety of forms, including a thermoformed / plastic clamshell or blister packaging, a plastic bag, a standing corrugated retail point-of-sale display or a transport tray (to give a few examples). Contract packagers can be tasked with something as simple as adding a bar code sticker to a product or as complex as planning, designing, producing and fulfilling the entire package.
WHY USE A CONTRACT PACKAGER / CO-PACKER
Because of the short-term and medium to high-volume nature of product packaging fulfillment, combined with the demand for specialty equipment and staffing hours, contract packaging services are typically outsourced to contract packaging companies. These experts are specialized at handling varying levels of the contract packaging sequence and have many in-house resources or outside partners to respond to specific product packaging needs in a timely manner. Ultimately, this gives product manufacturers and product managers great flexibility in defining the packaging process based on the needs of the product.
CONTRACT PACKAGING STAGES & SERVICES
There are varying degrees of contract packaging services, which can be utilized independently or bundled according to the product’s overall scope and product development. Contract packaging manufacturers work with product managers and product manufacturers to consult, plan, customize and execute the process according to the timeline, pre-produced or need-to-be produced packaging components and industry requirements. Holistically, contract packaging services include:
No matter what scope of product packaging a product manufacturer or product manager has, simple or complex, a good contract packaging service provider will be with you every step of the way to ensure the product is delivered on time every time.
Our one-source process gets you from design to delivery in 3-5 weeks.