What Is Co-Packing?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What Is Co-Packing?

For a company that produces or buys and sells a product, the shipping and logistics can be a complex problem to solve when a large volume of product is being sold. Packing is part of the shipping and logistics equation. Co-packing is using a third-party company to do the packing, unpacking, and sometimes branding that is needed for the shipping process. Branding might include a package is tied with a special cord that is knotted a certain way. The branding required would be specific to each specific company: boxes used, stickers placed on the merchandise, and/or anything else that makes your product’s packaging stand apart.

Different products require different types of packing and packaging that depends on both the product, itself, and also the manner in which the product will be shipped. Aside from the materials needed for packing, there will be a need for staff, equipment, and expertise to make the packing fast, efficient, and cost-effective.

This is why companies often outsource the packing and use a shipping and logistics company for co-packing. The third-party shipping and logistics company may be much more experienced and much better equipped to get your products wrapped, packaged, packed and shipped than you are. Similarly, if you have a sudden increase in demand for your product, your co-packer is likely better equipped to handle this than you are.

All kinds of industries can benefit from co-packing. Really, any industry that is outsourcing shipping and logistics should consider also outsourcing the co-packing.

If you need some co-packing solutions for your product, definitely talk to us, as this is our area of expertise.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Mr Kotendzhi oversees North American operations and has over 15 years of experience.  Michael Kotendzhi has a degree in Logistics. 

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation.