How to Hire a Contract Packager



Contract packagers can offer expert, cost-efficient, practical solutions to help you initiate, organize, streamline or improve your packaging or packaging operations. The secret is finding a contract packager who can offer the specialized services you need.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Determine the nature and scope of the problem to be addressed.
  2. Consult the CPA website to find professional contract packagers with the specific expertise you need. If you have questions about a candidate's background, call and ask questions. The key staff at a professional contract packaging service will be happy to discuss the company's qualifications to solve your problems.
  3. Interview by phone or in person the most promising candidates to verify that their experience matches your needs.
  4. Meet the key staff. Make sure you are introduced to the quality control and operations people. The managerial and supervisory staff should have extensive experience in your industry with an understanding of your markets and a strong engineering background.
  5. Once you've finished the interviewing process, request project proposals from the contract packagers whom you are seriously considering hiring. Make sure the final proposal(s) contain well-defined "Scope of Work," "Services to be Provided," and "Description of Fees/Fee Schedule" sections.
  6. Resist the temptation to base your decision on price alone. A contract packager should ultimately act as an extension of your business. Often, what appears at first to be a more expensive contract packaging service will more than make up for the difference in the fees by saving you more money and solving your specific problems more efficiently.
  7. Provide input, support and on-going interest to the contract packager throughout the project. Bear in mind that you may be asking the contract packager to become familiar overnight with the knowledge of systems, technology and product quirks your company has had years to develop and work through.
  8. Be open to suggestions. Contract packagers are innovative, versatile and accustomed to efficiently working within narrow time frames. From experience, they often can suggest minor modifications that will save your company time and money.
  9. Be sure the contract packager knows and your organization understands that the contract packager is working for an executive within your company with sufficient authority to ensure that the contract packager has the full cooperation of everyone involved with the project.

Download our Quick Tip Guide to Choosing a Contract Packager to learn more!