Solar firm saves $160,000 and gains 4,000 square-feet manufacturing space

Packaging expenses stack up as solar PV manufacturer grows with emerging market

One of North America’s leading manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting products and solutions for solar installations is experiencing steady growth.

As business for the Southwestern firm increases, manufacturing space becomes more important. Costs, too, need to remain low to increase profitability.

The manufacturer turned to Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA), whose network of more than 700 Consultants worldwide includes experts with extensive experience, including pricing practices, in the packaging industry.

Consultants improve prices & processes

The manufacturer’s extensive requirements for packaging included close to 60 different corrugated items. The company also used chipboard crates, labels, polybags, stretch wrap, metal banding, banding seals and tape.

The company purchased these items from multiple vendors and stored much of the inventory on the factory floor. 

Consultants prepared thorough RFPs using ERA’s proprietary suite of advanced procurement tools. By combining a rigorous quantitative analysis with “insider” understanding of the packaging industry, ERA negotiated new, attractive terms with fewer suppliers to meet the client’s packaging needs.

Consultants also made arrangements to remove the manufacturer from a packaging distribution role. A single vendor now manages all packaging supplies, which has freed up an additional 4,000 square feet of manufacturing space and allows the company to concentrate on its core business. 

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