SERVICES

Anteris' unique offerings were designed with one goal in mind...to deliver significant, measurable, and sustainable savings on our client's packaging spend categories 

Spend Optimization 

Produce multi-tiered savings by addressing the six core total cost elements pictured below. Price is only one of the elements

Performance Optimization

Address the source and cost of packaging failures from the design, engineering, and supply chain perspectives

Weight Optimization

Apply proprietary engineering approaches to reduce the amount / weight of paper in a box while maintaining or increasing strength

 

Spend Optimization

Optimzation Elements

1

Price

2

Supply Base

3

Service

4

Package Finishing

5

SKU Optimization

6

Supply Agreement

Over the years, the Anteris team has seen many sourcing approaches applied to packaging.  The common thread is that they are primarily price focused.  ACG understands how complex the "non-price" elements are, and how optimizing them can drastically improve total cost savings and package performance.  Optimizing these elements requires extensive industry knowledge and expertise that others firms just don't possess.

Traditional Appoaches

ACG Spend Optimization

Price

Using our extensive knowledge of packaging manufacturing, sales / market pricing, and supplier capacity / capabilities, ACG can achieve and sustain exceptional pricing

Supply Base

Matching supplier capabilities to a client's needs is critical. Our knowledge of available supplier capacity, capabilities, and regional variances enables valuable supply relationships. 

Service

Virtually all companies expect excellent service.  In reality, some service elements come with a great cost, which may not be recognized by buyers. ACG helps clients optimize the balance between service and cost.

Package Finishing 

Beyond a plain container, printing, laminations, and other special features can significantly impact the price of a finished package.  ACG helps clients manage the tradeoffs between cost / finish.

SKU Optimization

ACG evaluates the SKU portfolios to identify consolidation opportunities, thereby concentrating more volume across fewer items. To maximize savings, leading with a "like for like" effort to bring in the majority of available savings and following with SKU rationalization to achieve incremental savings is an effective approach.

Supply Agreements

Once a supplier is selected, an agreement that aligns incentives and promotes transparency is critical.  All too frequently, commercial agreements do not achieve these key objectives.

Box Weight Optimization (BWO)

Overview

  1. The largest component of a corrugated box is the paper 
  2. Boxes are frequently "overspec'd."  Opportunities exist to re-engineer carton weight to match more closely with actual performance requirements, thereby eliminating paper and reducing costs
  3. Using advanced engineering techniques, some corrugated box boards (liner-medium-liner) can be reconfigured with customized combinations to remove paper while maintaining or increasing box strength
  4. Assuming paper comprises about 70% of a box's cost, then for every 10% reduction in the amount of paper, the cost of a box may be reduced by roughly 7%

Benefits

  1. Cost Reduction:  Using less paper in a box translates into incremental SKU level savings potentially between 4% and 10% on items in a BWO program
  2. Global Application:  The BWO concept originated in Europe and can be applied to a client's operations on a global basis.  It has also been gaining traction among US manufacturers
  3. Performance Improvement:  Using the BWO approach will optimize true box stacking strength.  This will result in fewer failures and boxes that arrive at the customer with less damage and with better appearance
  4. Green:  Client can claim "green" benefits by reducing the amount of paper in its packaging and lower their carbon footprint accordingly

Packaging Performance Optimization (PPO)

Overview

  1. Suboptimal packaging design (structural) or packing processes can result in significant downstream product warranty or concession costs
  2. There are literally dozens of variables that can adversely impact packaging performance
  3. ACG takes a comprehensive approach to addressing packaging performance across a broad range of design, technical, operational, environmental, and logistical elements
  4. Assessing and improving a package's performance not only requires technical expertise, but also requires the ability to understand a company's supply chain and how / when a package is introduced to package performance deteriorating forces

Benefits

  1. Cost Reduction:  Addressing packaging performance issues typically results in significant reduction of warranty and concession costs.  This benefit is most significant in industries like office furniture, HVAC, and white box manufacturers
  2. Customer Satisfaction:   Customers that receive product in boxes with little crushing, deformation, and visual damage typically have a better perception of product and brand quality
  3. Improved Box Design:  Using ACG's  BWO methodology in conjunction with the PPO approach will result in a better, more durable package that could require less paper to produce
  4. Enables Sourcing Savings: Once the item design and specs have been optimized, ACG can take these items to market to achieve incremental cost reduction benefits

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