Energizer streamlines operations

Energizer has joined with Sonoco, a diversified global packaging company, to develop processes to streamline its Asheboro, N.C., battery packaging facility. To achieve its productivity goals, Energizer awarded a portion of the primary and display packaging to Sonoco for battery SKUs, defined as types that run on more manual, hand-packed lines. As part of its total solution approach, Sonoco will also manage the fulfillment process for Energizer on these specific SKUs. 

"After a great deal of research and analysis we found the most effective way to accomplish our packaging objectives was to work with Sonoco on a total solutions approach," said Chuck Marckwardt of Energizer. "We'll relocate the equipment to a Sonoco facility where they will manage a turnkey operation -- handling the design, material procurement, packaging production and distribution of all multiple SKUs. We felt that Sonoco could best provide this kind of support." 

The service includes providing a total solutions approach for more than 30 million primary packs, covering more than 150 SKUs, in packaging configurations, including blister cards, shrink wrapped trays and carton products. In addition, Sonoco Display and Packaging will design, source, manufacture, pack and ship thousands of retail displays annually. The first shipment was delivered in March.

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