As we gradually reach the end of 2017, a new year and a new opportunity awaits us in 2018, and it’s often the right time to reinvest in your factory or warehouse, ensuring you’re moving forward in terms of staff, equipment, machinery and health and safety.
You should always be looking to make improvements, moving with the times and keeping up with the latest innovations in your industry. Forklifts may need updating rather than fixing so buying a completely new set may be something on your list for next year. Then there’s the fact you should be looking at shelving and making sure everything is in good condition. Any areas that aren’t looking their best should be replaced so you can head into to 2018 full of confidence. If you’re constantly repairing something or have the same problems every week with a bit of kit or equipment, just replace it and remember how important it is to keep the place in perfect condition.
There are many small companies selling goods online or at local exhibitions and if this sounds like you, then it can actually make a lot of sense to design and create the packaging for your products yourself, especially for very small lightweight items.
Let’s say you sell oat bars, cakes or homemade chocolates and you need to package them up nicely for your customers. You may only need to order some boxes and stickers, and these can easily be custom designs which are printed in bulk quantities and delivered to you to put into shape. Packaging is of course a bit of a burden when orders do pick up, and you don’t want to spend half your time packaging when you could be selling more, so there will come a time when it does make sense to outsource this work to a packaging company with high quality equipment, but until that point, there’s no harm in looking at more cost-effective methods.
Assembly line production revolutionised the way that products are made, and while it is an efficient way of making a great number of finished goods, there are some downsides to the process.
The disadvantages of assembly line production generally come from looking at the process from a different perspective. For example, using several interchangeable workers makes for a more streamlined assembly process. But in doing this the individualistic artisanship is lost for the sake of numbers and statistics.
In general, to work on an assembly line little training is required, and as a result wages may not be very competitive. The work itself can also be extremely repetitive and monotonous, offering little in the way of mental stimulation and creative critical thinking.
Because of the way assembly lines ‘assemble’ products, when it comes to making items that require bespoke parts, an assembly line simply can’t be used.