How to Improve your Product Kitting Process and Save Big Money

Assembly Line GWProduct kitting is as popular as ever because of its cost-saving benefits.  With the right people, technology, space, and training, your kit fulfillment can be less challenging, less time consuming – and less expensive.

To achieve this, you’ll need a clearly defined kitting strategy, which will keep your kitting from turning into an ineffective nightmare.  First, establish an assembly process that is organized for optimal flow and includes a spot-check for quality.  If you are kitting manually, there are a few process guidelines to follow. First, remind your team to work at a consistent pace so bottlenecks do not occur. Also, make sure you give the team a break to regroup after repeating the same action for long spurts. Finally, make your storage area/warehouse organized. Buy storage bins and shelves of many sizes. You’ll also want to create clear signage so employees can find inventory fast.

If you want to save even more money, consider pre-packaging kits to allow for quick shipping and in the case of a sudden uptick in demand. In addition, assembling a large number of kits at one time reduces assembly time as it is clearly quicker than assembling kits on demand.  When it comes to inventory management, pre-kitting consolidates 5 kit pieces with 5 SKU numbers down to 1 SKU number that is easily tracked and managed.

By the way, if you’re a growing small business operating without a warehouse management system (WMS) that tracks your inventory items, it may be time to invest in one.  With it you’ll know exactly what the inventory count is all the time.  A good system will also help you identify your bestselling products kits so you can place them closer to the shipping station.

A few other tips:

  • If several items in your product kit originate from the same supplier, ask if they will ship them to you in bundled kits.
  • Set aside a large space or a specific room to receive and unpack inventory and then label everything to reduce stocking and picking errors.
  • Double-check your orders.  You will pay more to fix the mistake after the customer receives the order.
  • Establish a backup plan for replacement pieces to your kit instead of refunding your customer and sending out an incomplete kit.

Whether you are in electronics, cosmetics, healthcare, or promotional items, experienced kit fulfillment services such as Goodwill will help you accomplish kitting cost effectively and efficiently.  In fact, kitting offers so many areas to save money that you may want to outsource it to the expects. Contact us today for a free tour of our kitting facilities!

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