contract packing advice

contract packing advice & our faqs

At 24-7 Steller Packing, we know that contract packing requirements can be complex. With over 25 years of industry expertise, we have come across most questions! Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions and our advice to help you with your required co-packing service. Contact us if you have any further questions. We are happy to help you and provide any contract packing advice.

what is contract packing?

Contract packing is the process of packing, checking or finishing products that are contracted out to a third party (contract packing companies) to process. Outsourcing their packing will take place when a company does not have industrial capabilities. Or the growth of their business means they need to outsource to keep up with demand.

Using contract packing services and their contract packing advice allows companies to focus on their core business. It is then the responsibility of an external company to take care of the implementation. Examples of reasons why individuals would contact 24-7 Steller Packing is the need to pack gift sets or sample assembly. Gift sets are often unique, and the bespoke nature of design makes it unviable to automate.

Additionally, companies with lean manufacturing operations encounter capacity issues should a supplier or quality issue occur. Another example of where a contract packer (24-7 Steller Packing) can support a business is because of our robust compliance team. Also, offering in-depth quality (QA) inspections, sorting and checking – with a remedial rework follow-on service available if appropriate.

A contract packer like us will provide a company with the flexibility and capacity it needs, often at short notice. We support businesses to expand their offerings and free up their time to concentrate on their day-to-day operation. This support is beneficial to start-ups that don’t have the industrial capabilities to prepare their stock for customers or retailers.

how much does it cost?

24-7 Steller Packing offers a bespoke packing solution. With our experience, we appreciate that due to the diverse nature of businesses, products, and needs. There can be no fixed price.

Each project’s cost is bespoke and determined by its complexity, ensuring our customers pay a fair price. Customers only pay for the resources they use, a project’s final price on the time it will take to process their product.

Our cost effective solutions will remove the worry about being overcharged for steps that are not required (should a standardised costing approach be in place).

It is simple to get a price – all we need to do is know a little about the product and what packing/checking / labelling it entails. Then, take this information and build a bespoke price just for you.

If our clients are in the planning phase of their product, we can provide them with an estimated price until the final details are confirmed. Providing our clients with an estimated cost is a helpful tool for customers to determine the possibility of their potential project.

What types of gift assembly do you provide?

24-7 Steller Packing are specialists in hand assembly and gift pack assembly, professionals in transforming loose components into finished goods and gift packs. Hand packing and hand assembly are typically the best solutions for multi-sets, bespoke gift sets, unusual shapes and items that machinery can not pack.

In addition, our experienced team can set up intricate and complex packing lines for tens to thousands of products. Our flexible production lines allow us to handle various requirements and products.

Products including:

  • Gifts
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Cosmetics
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • Jewellery
  • Sealed foods
  • Promotional items
  • Hampers
  • Stationery
  • Point-of-sale items

How quickly can you turn around batch coding work?

Batch coding and ink-jetting jobs have a quick turnaround thanks to our machinery and unique access to additional labour resources. Capable of this access is provided by our sister company, 24-7 Employment Solutions.

We print day codes and text for accountable information or product descriptions, such as expiry dates, date of manufacture or serial numbers. With our ergonomic floor plan design, we can use our machines to add coding while packing, saving set-up costs while completing two services.

Why would I need to relabel or over-label?

Situations often arise where you may need to relabel your packaging. There can be many reasons to relabel. Here at 24-7 Steller Packing Ltd, we often help companies rectify printing errors, assist in rebranding, or create new barcodes.

Relabelling services are a fantastic eco-friendly option as you reduce packaging waste from products that have already been processed by repurposing them with fresh labels. As well as being kinder to the environment.

It also helps save money, as individuals are not using new packing materials on large quantities of items. Relabelling can be a timely and expensive process. But, because of our years of experience in the industry, we have made our Relabelling service both fast and cost-effective.

What type of products can be flow-wrapped?

Our flow wrapping service is a popular option for adding durability and creating a neat presentation for single-item units. Our clients often use it for promotional items, marketing aids or giveaways. Adding euro slots to ensure products are ready to hang on hooks.

Flow wrapping can assist with safe storage and the shelf life of a client’s products. Our high-specification machines can print basic information on the flow wrap, such as nutritional values or ingredients.

What quality control processes do you have in place?

24-7 Steller Packing prides itself on our quality control processes. As a BRC Global Standard Grade AA accredited contract packer, we adhere to the strictest processes and procedures. Our site has secure and CCTV-monitored rooms for our high-value items.

Having regular quality control monitoring checks across all our lines. We specialise in reworking and quality control, ensuring your products are retail-ready and in perfect working order.

What sort of remedial work do you offer?

With our industrial capabilities, we can offer a wide range of remedial and reworking services thanks to our highly experienced staff.

Services such as:

  • Label checking to over-labelling
  • Replacing shrink wrapping
  • Sizing measurements
  • Parts checklists
  • Throughout our clients’ journey, we align with their needs to offer a highly bespoke service to answer their needs.

    Working quickly and efficiently, all while maintaining and ensuring high quality service, regardless of the corrective work needed.

    What security is in place on-site to ensure my products are safe?

    Our site offers 24-7 security with lockable, secure code-entry rooms with CCTV for our high-value items. Taking great care of all our clients’ products and full traceability at every stage. From the arrival of the product, storage, packing and distribution. Then we are consistently conducting thorough checks of all our staff before employment.

    How committed are you to environmental issues and minimising waste?

    At 24-7 Steller Packing, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We’re committed to sustainability by minimising waste, using recyclable packaging and sustainable materials, working with green suppliers, and operating a paper-lite office. We stay informed on new energy-efficient upgrades for packing spaces and offices, such as renewable energy solutions.

    How do you get in contact with us?

    If you would like to get in contact with us and receive our expert contract packing advice, please feel free to call us directly or email our sales inbox.

    We can either provide our advice over a discussion over the phone, or we can book a meeting to have a video call or face-to-face chat.


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