Kitting is a packaging process or strategy where multiple items (or SKUs) are packaged together and assembled as one SKU. Companies have seen major improvements in manufacturing and supply chain efficiencies by switching to kitting. Not only are companies seeing significant improvements in time and money, but the overall process reduces burden on the labor force. Find out how it works and if you can benefit from kitting.
What exactly is packaging kitting?
Packaging kitting involves grouping multiple SKUs together in one box to create one singular SKU. This could be for products that are related and often purchased together. Or it could be for parts and pieces that are required for the main product. Kitting is on the rise in a variety of markets like cosmetics and other consumer goods.
It’s all about the process
In order for kitting to be executed effectively the packaging engineer has to create a repeatable process for bundling the products together. This can be manual, with line workers packing the boxes; or it can be handled with automated machines in bigger manufacturing facilities.
Why are companies choosing to kitting?
The most important benefits of kitting include:
- Increasing efficiency in the warehouse
- Reducing the amount of time it takes to pick and pack
- Streamlined processes improve labor efficiencies and reduce labor costs
- Increased order value
- Faster process for getting the product to the customer
Is kitting right for your company?
There are endless strategies for creating efficiencies and improving packaging processes – one of those strategies is kitting. This is beneficial for companies in a variety of markets, but not feasible for all. Talk to a packaging expert to find out if kitting is right for you.