Oakland International and Network Packaging partnership

Redditch, UK: Oakland International and Network Packaging are working together on bulk packaging and stock management.

Christian Stokes, senior accounts assistant, Oakland International, said that Oakland had identified an opportunity to keep bulk packaging stocks offsite and use the space more effectively and improving stock management.

“By partnering with Network Packaging on a number of projects including packaging design and supply, warehouse consumables and contract packing machinery, we can now utilise our existing space more effectively and offer a business model whereby we can store bulk packaging offsite until needed, calling smaller stock quantities back to site as and when we need it,” Stokes said.

Benefits delivered via Oakland’s partnership include economies of scale with product packaging ordered more cost-effectively, and in time the business will also benefit from centralising ordering.

“Working with Network Packaging will mean our stock levels can be delivered just in time with no need to hold large amounts of onsite stock. It should also enable us to focus on added value activities and increase productivity,” Stokes said.

Emma Phimister, sales manager, Network Packaging said: ”Network Packaging and Oakland International share a lot of common values, both being customer centric businesses seeking to work collaboratively, build partnerships, whilst being innovative to add value. For me having such similarities in our mindsets as two businesses is what has ensured our success whilst working together.

“There are many hidden costs associated with packaging, aside from the materials themselves, by spending time onsite observing the operation, speaking to key members of staff, we have been able to gain a true understanding of Oakland’s business and identified key areas that we felt we could make a difference with.”

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