4 Tips to Reduce Packaging Sampling Cost

The cost of packaging primarily depends on the bulk and then on the intricacies involved. But before even going there, you need to freeze on the design, and for that you need samples. Samples are finalized after a lot of redesigning and iterations and that moves the cost up. Although, you can save all that sampling cost that burns a hole in your pockets every time you order packaging. 

Here are 4 tips on how to reduce packaging sampling cost. 

1. Number of Samples- A trifling way to reduce the cost of sampling is to reduce the number of samples you order. The best number is either one or a maximum of 2 samples for each packaging unit you require. This would also help with handling, storing and also avoiding wastage of the samples. 

2. Number of Iterations- Designing a custom sample for a client is not a one-strike job. There are regular designing iterations that the packaging item undergoes to reach the final acceptable design. These iterations take the designing cost up eventually affecting the price of the samples. With different prototyping techniques, these iterations can be controlled. 

3. Pick Economical Printing- There are various printing techniques that are used for printed packaging such as rotogravure, flexographic and more. These printing options are priced at different levels. Typically, the above mentioned 2 processes may not be feasible for smaller batches. Printing techniques such as inkjet and digital printing can be much economical for smaller batches like packaging samples. 

4.  Samples from an Ordered Lot- Packaging designs and material may vary from client to client, yet there are regular packaging items such as boxes which are consumed by all clients. Put aside a few units as samples packaging boxes from a bulk ordered/manufactured by you. This would save your sampling cost next time when you have to send a sample to a client.

Sampling & Prototyping

Often sampling and prototyping are used interchangeably in packaging, but they are 2 absolutely different things. Samples are the packaging units in smaller quantities on the other hand prototypes are the lookalikes of the packaging units. Prototypes give a look and feel of the packaging product and are not exactly the product itself. We recommend going for prototypes if ordering larger quantities.

Sampling is an important process and at times can be costly as well. Keeping down the number of samples called for, choosing the right printing technique, prototyping and keeping aside a few units from an order or a manufacturing lot can surely help in saving the sampling cost.