What We Do

What We Do

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IQpack uses packchainsoftware as a technology backbone for developing a dimensionalization strategy, optimize cartonization and packaging, ultimately to reduce transportation spending 

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IQpack uses packchain software to manage the e2e packaging process. Packchain networks across the operation by flowing data from automated machinery and business information systems, giving visibility to the impact packaging dimensions and automation systems have on transportation cost, throughput, sustainability, and materials spend. Packchain is a stand-alone system, residing in the cloud, that pulls data from across the operation, without requiring system-level integration into the existing enterprise software. 

 Zero-Air Packaging is a megatrend. There is no business case for shipping air.  IQpack designs Zero-Air systems that eliminate void fillers, reduce damage, and decrease parcel shipping spend. We typically uncover 15 to 20% shipping savings by finding and solving for dimensional costs and package-based accessorial charges through package right-sizing.   

“Packchain uses your data to rationalize capital projects, validate the ROI after implementation, and monitor the e2e systems in perpetuity.” 

Our specialized focus on packaging dimensions and packchain software, supported by our Analytics Team, is a winning combination for ongoing management of the e2e process from packaging through transportation. 

 “Payback on packchain software is typically under one month,  driven by parcel and LTL shipping cost reductions.” 

 Companies need a Dimensionalization Strategy. Item Master accuracy is critical to warehouse optimization, cartonization, and transportation planning. We study the e2e process from item set-up to item master dimension management, through cartonization, and on to shipping. IQpack provides an e2e dimensionalization strategy and technology stack for keeping the item master accurate and leveraging better data to reduce freight cost. Then we implement the plan using packchain software as the technology backbone.

Packaging materials are a relatively small part of the total distribution cost but are often overlooked as a lever for controlling transportation spending and other fulfillment costs. IQpack, using their own packchain software, manages the end-to-end packaging process and provides crisp visualizations. By flowing data from automated machinery and business information systems, packchain gives visibility to the impact packaging and automation systems have on transportation cost, throughput, sustainability, and materials spend.

Zero-Air Packaging is a megatrend. There is no business case for shipping air.  IQpack designs Zero-Air systems that eliminate void fillers, reduce damage, and decrease parcel shipping spend. We typically uncover 15 to 20% shipping savings by finding and solving for dimensional costs and package-based accessorial charges through package right-sizing.  Packchain visualizations using customer data prove the savings.

 Our specialized focus on packaging and packchain software supported by our Analytics Team is a winning combination for ongoing management of the e2e process from packaging through transportation.

Companies need a Dimensionalization Strategy. Item Master accuracy is critical to warehouse optimization, cartonization, and transportation planning. We study the e2e process from item set-up to item master dimension management, through cartonization, and on to shipping. IQpack provides an e2e dimensionalization strategy and technology stack for keeping the item master accurate and leveraging better data to reduce freight cost. Then we implement the plan using packchain software as the technology backbone.

Three Industry Megatrends have impacted omnichannel distribution systems and will intensify this year and into the future. 

First Mega-Trend:  Zero-air is the new standard for packaging. Parcel carriers are using carrots and sticks to force their high-volume customers to eliminate air in their packaging. The three major parcel carriers are using package right sizing as a mechanism for increasing shipping capacity by reducing freight cubes. Parcel carriers sell their product by weight but measure their capacity in cubes.

Second Mega-Trend: Consumers no longer believe plastic packaging and fillers are recyclable. Activist consumers are demanding that eCommerce companies eliminate petrochemical void fill and bags. High-volume shippers are delivering zero-air strategies and paper-based solutions to make plastic-free packaging the new standard.

Third Mega-Trend: Industrial customers are demanding the same user experience they are getting at home. Faster click-to-ship, smarter packaging, better labeling, easier returns – business customers are bringing their eCommerce service expectations to work. Third-party and aftermarket replacement parts eBusiness companies are pressuring OEM revenue and profit, and their primary differentiator is customer experience.

“IQpack designs packaging systems that address the impending Mega Trends, dramatically reducing transportation cost, and improving customer experience.”

How do we get started?  IQpack is an advocate for you. We start with understanding your current operational model and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of options. What would “good” look like in your operation? What level of automation is appropriate? What are ROI and time-to-payback expectations? Which systems are proven workhorses, which are cutting edge, and which have the inherent risk of next-generation technology? Our solutions team will collaborate with you to begin narrowing options and roadmap a path forward.

The preliminary assessment is discussion-based and conducted at no cost.

IQpack gives objective advice on system design, automation, packaging materials, and OEM selection. We are completely agnostic as to the specific solution — we represent you – not the OEM or packaging manufacturer. Walking the aisles at packaging shows is often a frustrating exercise that leaves you with more questions than answers. IQpack has SMEs on current, and next-generation packaging machinery systems and how they integrate into upstream process flows. We work collaboratively with D&F System Integrators and fill the critical gap that often exists between order sortation and shipping.

System Design begins with a comprehensive understanding of the value streams, and an assessment of the operational needs within a distribution facility. Our Systems Engineers conduct VSM exercises with frontline associates, study the facility layout and upstream processes, as well as the legacy software to get an e2e understanding of our client’s needs. System design deliverables generally include a Functional Design Description and a high-level budget, often for different levels of automation. 

IQpack makes technology OEM recommendations based on objective criteria – solution providers are not predetermined. Our deep industry knowledge of packaging automation machinery allows us to evaluate potential integration partners based on reliability, quality, pricing, lead time, and fit. IQpack collaborates with the upstream system integrator in conjunction with turnkey integration, including engineering, installation, project management, commissioning, and go-live support.

This is the final step in integration and in our long-term relationship with you and our commitment to the success of the project. IQpack ensures proper sourcing of the pack material(s), provides ongoing management of the specifications, gives visibility to inventory and usage, and makes reorder with us highly efficient.

IQpack monitors the e2e packaging system via software integration between the machinery in your facility and packchain, our software application in the cloud. A dedicated data analyst will get to know your operation by collecting data in real time and analyzing material cost and usage, throughput rates, and by running advanced algorithms on transportation data. The IQpack Analyst and a dedicated Customer Care Manager will lead a virtual meeting with your team monthly and review the prior 30-day performance. Using packchain as a collaborative platform to manage continuous improvement initiatives, the IQpack team will help interpret results using data visualization tools, creating a fact-based linkage between ops, supply chain, and transportation.