Packaging optimisation in the furniture sector
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Packaging must ensure that a finished product reaches the end-user in the desired condition. Furniture companies spend an average of 1.85% of turnover on packaging, including associated raw materials and labour. With annual manufacturer sales of around Â£7 billion, this equates to a bill of Â£129 million per annum for the sector as a whole.
This report is an analysis of the cost of packaging to furniture manufacturers in the UK. It contains a summary of the practical measures that can be taken to reduce cost and improve performance.
- Packaging use in the furniture sector
- Characteristics of audited companies
- Packaging materials
- Packaging spend
- Packaging application labour
- Product costs
- Return rates
- Relationship between packaging spend and damage return rates
- Packaging regulations
- Environmental management systems
- Characteristics of best performers
- Packaging best practice for the furniture industry
- Conclusions & Appendices
- Producer responsibility
- Calculating the true cost of packaging
- Observational auditing
- Standards on packaging use
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- Background to the sector
- Sustainability -...
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