Have you ever ordered an item from an online supplier and upon receipt found the wrong item or size was shipped? You were probably pretty frustrated with the occurrence and it may have left a lasting impression of the supplier. Perhaps you were also a bit frustrated when you found it was your responsibility to cover the cost of returning the item. All for an exchange or refund you rightly deserved. Like many online businesses, there were no brick and mortar location for returns and exchanges so you were at the mercy of the postal service.
Here I'll explain some of the many benefits of using returnable poly bags or returnable plastic envelopes
in your business.
What is a Returnable Plastic Envelope?
Returnable plastic envelopes are light weight, waterproof, low cost alternatives to boxes and single use plastic envelopes. These poly bags are made of a thin film, or layer of films, of low-density polyethylene-a commonly recycled plastic. Although similar to other plastic envelopes, they have two adhesive strips and a perforation in-between. The perforation allows for easy opening upon arrival. The two adhesives provide security of the contents until it reaches your customers destination or back to your warehouse.
What are they used for?
A variety of items can be shipped in returnable plastic envelopes
. Apparel, books, textiles, graphic designs, documents, etc. can all be securely delivered and returned.
Organizations use them for return orders or when the contents need to reach multiple locations without excessive packaging costs.
But HOW will returnable plastic envelopes bring value to my business?
As a business operator you want to provide the best value and customer service at the best price possible. Returnable plastic envelopes will give you that competitive edge.
First and foremost they provide a level of customer service that is unmatched. If there is a mistake in an order your customer need not worry about how to get the mistake rectified. Also, your customers benefit by not having to pay for the return packaging themselves. After all, it's already a sunk cost for you.
Like most poly bags, returnable plastic envelopes are fully customizable. You can design the envelope to perfectly match your brand and products. A branded package will always exude a professional look and help establish creditability for your business.
Compared to corrugated boxes, returnable plastic envelopes are a great cost saving option. They cost dramatically less, take up less space, and take less time to use (no box building required!). You won't have to pay double shipping charges to send a new box for returns and you don't need to include an extra bag in the original package.
From an environmental perspective returnable plastic envelopes are made of a 100% recyclable material and often made of recycled content. Let me differentiate that a little. "Recyclable" means it can be recycled using the proper methods. These methods are usually quite standard for low-density polyethylene. "Recycled" means it's already on its second life. It has been reused and mixed with virgin material to maintain similar attributes but with the added benefit of being environmentally conscious.
Another environmental benefit is the reduction in landfill waste produced by reusing the same packaging the product was delivered in. You potentially can cut your landfill waste in half!
When it comes to running a profitable, customer oriented business; returnable plastic envelopes can't be beat for your packaging needs. They provide the necessary security, customization, and cost savings that will help take your business to the next level.