Magazine shelves are crowded. Publishing companies do everything they can to make their magazines stand out. Although exceptional formats, attachments, gifts and gadgets are common these days, they are also a real challenge for distributors would want to distribute safely and without damage. Press distributor Saar Linsemeier & Klein (PVS) found a sustainable solution.
Every year, PVS distributes around 4,000 magazines in Saarland (Germany). Traditionally magazines are bundled with straps. However, with the arrival of exceptional formats and inserts, PVS noticed an increase in damaged items during transport due to instability and went looking for a solution.
Sabine Gehring, Logistics Manager at PVS: “We already CurTec because of their good reputation in the market. They had the perfect solution for us: a container with integrated lids made from recycled plastic, specially designed for magazine distribution.” CurTec was allowed to supply 12,000 containers after PVS had reengineered their packing line.
Did they also manage to reduce damage by introducing magazine containers? “Since we started using the containers, we have suffered no more damage”, says Sabine. They became so satisfied with the containers that now they deploy them daily instead of the planned 2-3 times per week. “We use the magazine containers mainly for packing A5 titles, exceptional formats and premium titles. In addition, they are now always on stand-by to pack unexpected titles.”
What did their employees think about using the attached lid containers? Sabine: “Our order pickers really like the containers and find them easy to operate. Besides guaranteeing a clean product, they also provide a much cleaner working environment than the straps did. Unstable strapped packages belong to the past which is also good news for our employees.
Another reason why PVS wanted to change to attached lid containers was to be able to increase productivity. Sabine Gehring is extremely positive: “We have certainly seen our productivity increase and are able to handle many more items than in the past. It is too early for precise figures now, but we will have them by the end of the year.”
After starting to use the containers, Sabine had to face another challenge: “The containers were damaged on the processing belt but CurTec solved this problem immediately and repaired the containers for us”. So yes, we are very satisfied with CurTec’s solution as well as with the collaboration.”
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