I used to do all the above in a previous business, but let’s first
make sure we are talking about the same thing.
Our business manufactured a consumer product. We sold it
one at a time online for full retail price, and 100s at a time to
mail-order catalogs at a wholesale price. One day a huge
company asked if we dropped-shipped. We said yes, and later
found out what that meant. This is how it worked. Our product
appears on the big company’s web site. Ms. Smith orders the
item. The big company sends us a message to ‘ship an item to
Ms Smith pronto’. We then get paid for the item. I was the Drop
Is this the kind of info you’re after OR are you just looking for
the guy that physically moves the boxes? That would be more
like: fulfillment, shipping, warehousing or ‘pick and pack’.
Some idea of what fulfillment is:
I saved the harder part for last. Packaging: I’m going to assume
you mean the package we see on the store shelf, and not the
packaging we see the UPS man with.
All my packaging experience is from China. Since most
consumer products are made overseas, that’s where they are
mostly packaged. Short run packaging in the USA is labor
intensive and expensive. You must be clever.
The first place I would start, is go into stores and look at
products that are similar to yours in:
Text/graphics real estate
Ignore the function of the product. Buy these products and take
them home and stare at them. Imagine how your product would
work in one of those products. Learn what the packaging
industry calls this type of package. Is it a clam-shell, blister pack
I haven’t worked with these groups, but it might get you in the
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