Pad packing cuts costs, materials

Pad packing cuts costs, materials

June 1, 2009

Cleanser manufacturer SerVaas Laboratories cleans up on costs and materials savings when it swaps its shipping cases for shrink-wrapped pad packs for retail and distribution. SerVaas Laboratories, Inc., Indianapolis, is a small, family-owned company with a large reputation for quality to uphold. Its flagship product, Bar Keepers Friend, a professional-grade powdered cleanser and polish, was introduced in 1882 as a brass ornament polish and is used today as a general household cleanser for everything from ceramic tile and fixtures to copper and brass cookware. Last year, in an attempt to reduce the amount of corrugated used to ship its canned powder product, SerVaas looked at alternatives to case packing. Although still operational, its 13-year-old drop case packer required extensive work to maintain, and one of its largest customers, Walmart Corp., was encouraging the company to reduce the environmental footprint of its packaging. After conferring with six different packaging machinery suppliers, SerVaas selected a solution from Polypack, Inc. (www.polypack.com). The machine allows the company to produce 4-can retail packs and 8- and 12-can distribution packs in shrink-wrapped bundles supported by corrugated pads on the top and bottom. “We weren’t sure if we could go from a full case to a pad pack,” says executive vice president Paul SerVaas. “We wanted to do everything we could to reduce the amount of corrugated material we were using. Polypack assured us they could easily put pads on the top and bottom, as well as ensure the strength and integrity of the resulting pallets during shipping.”

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