Packnomics, LLC
Kevin Howard

Packnomics, LLC
16915 SE Fisher Drive
Vancouver, WA 98683

cell: 360-606-0235
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Strategic packaging cuts costs, boosts profits, improves quality, and establishes processes to guide future designs.


Strategic Thinking, Expert Tactical Execution

Thinking Inside the Box…Typical problems at many of the world's largest companies

• Packaging Engineering is separated from Product Design, Testing and Supply Chain, resulting in everyone attempting to optimize their piece of the puzzle at the expense of achieving the lowest possible overall cost, even if some costs increase.
• Product Design is not analyzed for financial impact on all aspects of logistics, such as shipping, storage, handling, packaging cycle times, product assembly cycle times, damages, worker ergonomics, and re-work.

Packnomics = The art of thinking outside the box to achieve lowest landed cost.

• How to Design from the Outside In, using standard truck, ocean container and airplane sizing to drive package
and product sizing. 
• Part Design – minimize packaging, maximize density and handling ergonomics by introducing functional design to parts beyond their product function 
• Product Design – how to modify shape, size and fragility to minimize costs...Design for Distribution
• Test methods and intensity levels – Improper laboratory tests assure either over-packaging, thus increasing costs needlessly, or under-packaging, thus resulting in field damages. How to achieve the appropriate tests
• Packaging design and materials – Proven techniques to use less cushion materials than design books and suppliers normally indicate.
• Material handling methods – Companies can influence the material handling methods used, and thus the amount of damage incurred, by modifying the form factor of their packaging.  Great success has been achieved repeatedly by eliminating or minimizing packaging in order to better unitize products, resulting in lower material costs and damage rates simultaneously.
• Supply Chain design and mapping – Large companies often don’t realize the chain of events their products typically pass through, nor the consistent failures that occur. Field data rarely capture the realities, yet without this knowledge, it’s not possible to solve the unknown problems, let alone the known ones.
• Zero-based costing for packaging tools and parts – Separating out all of the costs that make up a final price can lead to cost reductions.