Roman Showers

Space and cost savings using Right Size solutions? Yes please.

Roman has been designing and manufacturing shower solutions for over 34 years and has achieved its place as a market leader through consistent product quality and creative innovation. With a growing business and product range, Roman were faced with increased costs of pre-formed die-cut card and an increasing requirement for storage space. It was this challenge that lead Roman to seek out a new packaging process which could reduce their overall packaging costs and utilise their storage space more efficiently.

Ribble’s Right Size solutions appealed to Roman due to its ‘on demand’ nature and ability to produce perfectly sized packaging for their products. Right Size solutions, which is a partnership between Panotec technology and Ribble’s corrugated fanfold, has led to a significant reduction in Roman’s manufacturing costs. Witnessing the success of the first machine gave Roman the confidence to purchase a second machine, which continues to aid Roman in the delivery of quality products and service to their growing customer base.

“We purchased our first Panotec machine nearly ten years ago and now I have no hesitation saying it was one of the best decisions we ever made.” John Wright, Operations Director.


Dextra Group plc

Dextra Group PLC. is a UK based lighting manufacturer employing over 500 staff in its Dorset headquarters.  Dextra are the largest privately owned and managed lighting manufacturer in the UK.

Dextra Group, where possible, trade with clients or installers directly.  The Group’s subsidiaries trade in general lighting which covers schools, universities, commercial offices, logistic centres and retail among others.When Dextra moved to manufacturing bespoke products, their packaging process required over 200 different box designs and sizes to be used. With so many different box designs required, a conventional packaging process became difficult to manage and the purchasing process was time consuming. Dextra were aware that a packaging change needed to be made, to streamline the process, whilst maintaining product protection from their packaging.

After seeing how Ribble’s Right size solutions work, and the benefits which can be gained from using on demand packaging, Dextra were confident Ribble had the solution. Right size solutions use Panotec technology coupled with Ribble’s corrugated fanfold to produce the perfect size box for each product. By using Right size solutions Dextra could produce specifically designed packaging on a ‘just in time’ method to suit their factory. As a result of producing perfectly sized boxes, Right size solutions can eliminate void fillers, reduce corrugated costs, improve vehicle utilisation and lower transportation costs.

“Ribble’s service, back up and quality are first class.” – Dextra Group

If you want your business to follow in the footsteps of successful manufacturers such as Dextra Group, then consider Ribble Right size solutions. Right size solutions gives you on-demand and on-site packaging capabilities, allowing your business to save money and save the

Integral Surface Design

Integral Surface Designs is a leading UK manufacturer of vinyl wrapped, pvc edged, acrylic and natural feel doors and components for kitchen, bedroom, bathroom trade customers.

Integral produce all their products on a just in time basis which allows them to quickly adapt to a customer needs without the unnecessary costs of holding large quantities of stock.

As the business grew, it became clear that a conventional packaging process did not suit the just in time nature of the business and a more flexible alternative was needed. After researching the products on offer, Integral were convinced that Ribble and Panotec offered the best solution to their problem.

A Box on Demand machine has allowed Integral to create bespoke cardboard packaging for all their products, on a just in time basis to suit the business’s needs.

One of the most important factors in Integral’s decision was the partnership between Ribble and Panotec. Panotec Machinery and Ribble’s Fanfold board create the perfect packaging solution for any company who would benefit from an automated packaging solution. Ribble work closely with our customers to supply and maintain the best possible packaging solution for your business.

Fero (formerly Showcard Print)

Fero (formerly Showcard Print) are specialists in the supply of printed point of sale and point of purchase material. For over 40-years they have produced high quality print materials to the retail sector, including some of the best-known brands on the high street. With a heritage in the wide format sector Fero offer digital, screen and Litho printing on an extensive range of materials to meet any display need. Fero’s 3D engineered, semi-permanent display units and promotional products create positive customer experiences for retailers, and product interaction for brands, that drive sales.

Due to the variety of product shapes and sizes Fero produce, packaging was often ordered in small quantities and required on a just in time basis. This led to high costs, obsolete packaging materials being ordered and a high amount of administration to manage the process.

By choosing Ribble and a Panotec Nextmode 2.5, Fero have gained more control of their packaging process and the ability to make the right size boxes on demand. Fero have seen benefits including:

  • Creation of a more environmentally sustainable packaging process.
  • Reduction in corrugated spend
  • Improved flexibility
  • Elimination of supplier MOQ’s
  • Reduction in administrative resources

If your business demands a high quantity of SKU’s on demand like Fero, then consider Ribble Right Size solutions. Right size solutions give you on-demand and on-site packaging capabilities, allowing your business to save money and save the planet.

Ribble Can Save The Retail Industry Billions

It’s a bold statement but one that we know is true.

With customers demanding their products to be delivered faster, companies are struggling to keep up with the rapid evolution of how e-commerce now works.

Many companies have spent a large amount of time and money creating advanced logistics processes to support faster product turnaround in an attempt to keep up with demand. Addressing the logistical process is one thing but in many cases the packaging process has suffered as a result.

Countless large retailer systems consist of stocking a limited amount of standard size boxes and hoping that the products they offer will fit, adding void fillers to take up wasted space. These legacy systems produce the unnecessary costs of buying void fill and purchasing larger boxes than needed. These two items alone amount to serious costs, reducing profit margins and taking up valuable storage space.

Excess packaging is creating poor customer experiences

Further to this, excess packaging can be a nightmare for customers. Fillers such as bubble wrap and polystyrene are not accepted in UK recycling bins, thus creating an added headache when attempting to dispose of their waste environmentally. A simple Google search of excess packaging opens a whole world of images and news stories relating to absurd amounts of packaging and disappointed customer reviews.

As all businesses know customers (especially new customers), will make a judgement of your brand based on the full order experience. The products packaging plays a significant role in this process, as it is the first physical representation of your company that they will be able to hold in their hands.

How can you find a way to eliminate void fillers, reduce your corrugated spend, decrease your warehouse storage of box pallets and decrease your transportation costs?

Stephen Rector talks to The Business Reporter about how Ribble can help:

Find out more about Right Size and the benefits it could bring you.

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