It is a new year and we expect nothing but great things in our businesses. We want to improve on what we achieved the last year, meet new targets and make new goals. We would want to have more clients and of better quality. We want to produce more goods that are of better quality. We also want to improve our production systems to be faster and more efficient. Relationships with the staff should improve to create a better working environment and the customers should be given better attention. Better relations should be fostered with associate companies. In the New Year we also want to be sure that we have the best companies supplying our raw materials, best packaging companies supplying us, best delivery companies working for us and generally having our business associating with the best.
Finding, for example, a reliable packaging company is not as straight forward as it may appear. It might need a lot of research and some patience. This is because many companies are not what they profess to be and are not really what is seen on the outside. At times it is impossible to know the intrinsic nature of a company unless one works for some time with them. This may at times be a risk too expensive to take and hence one would rather take it slow and do some due diligence before getting into a work relationship with a supplier who may end up disappointing and, God forbid, lead to massive losses.
A reliable packaging company should be able to meet all the packaging demands of the business. It is not logical to have multiple suppliers of packaging; some do it because having one packaging company does not provide them with all their packaging solutions. Unless it is in an extreme case where some packaging product is quite rare, it will be beneficial to get an all-in-one supplier. The packaging supplier should also be able to always be ready to deliver. Businesses can be quite unpredictable; an impromptu massive order may come from a customer that will necessitate a subsequent impromptu demand for packaging supplies; the packaging supplier should be able to handle the order in the shortest time.
Packaging companies are not similar in terms of pricing. Some are high while others are low. It is advisable to go for lower priced suppliers though one should also compare the prices against the quality of the supplies plus the services being offered by the supplying company.