Contract Manufacturers rely on precise packaging.
Contract Manufactures rely on packaging that works. If a bottle is defective or a label is failing, it usually means there's going to be a delay and consequent finger-pointing. That's the last thing any of us wants. More work for everyone! Fortunately, there are preventative measures to help avoid such delays. Partnering with the right Contract Manufacturer makes all the difference between a successful project and a failed project. Don't take that lightly. Setting clear expectations and outlining specifications will circumvent the issues underlying most failed projects. Finally, when in doubt, test it out. If anything is unclear or unknown, request samples and test!
Be proactive in who you work with.
We seek out, and partner with, CMs that have QC measures in place that assure us no avoidable issues make it to production.
When in doubt, test it out.
If there are any doubts about the packaging, whether it's about label application and adhesion or packet orientation and lamination, we send blank or printed samples to your CM for testing. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how much info you have, there are still unknowns. A qualified test eliminates doubt.
Make sure your packaging works.
This sounds simple but Contract Manufacturers each have their own set of guidelines and specifications. Some are more in line with "industry standards" and some less so. Getting it right the first time is the easiest way to avoid finger-pointing and delays. We are all busy. Sometimes, this makes us leap at the first thing that looks good, even when maybe it isn't. But it's worth it to dig deeper. It's worth it to be sure. And we know figuring this out can be challenging without the relevant technical knowledge. That's why, when it comes to the packaging, we strive to bridge that gap.
Here is a sample of some of the things we document and record when talking to our CM partners.
- Manufacturing, packaging, and label application capabilities.
- Recommended or required specifications.
- Policies or procedures regarding trials or testing.
- Point of contact for shipping and receiving items.
- Point of contact for technical questions or concerns.
- Policies or procedures regarding product stability testing.