Bubble wrap vs FastWrap: Comparing the cost, convenience and efficacy of protective packaging

Bubble quilt is a great packaging material for fragile and heavy goods, and for packing multiple items securely in a single outer carton.  It consistently rates highly in consumer testing because it’s clean, reusable and easy to dispose of.

Automated Packaging Systems looked at real case study data to compare pre-inflated and inflate-on-demand solutions.  And where better to go for data than to mail order glass and fragile goods specialist Ampulla.  It ships up to 3000 parcels a month on a fast turnaround - 24hr order to dispatch timeline from its base near Manchester, England.

Bubble wrap vs. FastWrap info graphic

*Includes cutting waste

“Our glass packers pick, pack and dispatch items within a 24 hour time slot. We were using 6ft rolls of bubble wrap – a three day supply occupied a large area of our warehouse. The material had to be cut to size by hand, generating waste and taking time.  Small bubbles also meant we had to use multiple layers.  We were using up to four £20.00 rolls a day.

“We switched to a FastWrap system to increase packing speeds and improve security of goods in transit, cutting returns.   One layer of FastWrap bubble quilting is enough so we’ve cut down on the amount of plastic used, reducing waste and saving money. We use a FastWrap bubble quilt sized for our standard shipping cartons, so there’s no more cutting, just tear off the required length.” 

“We’re not layering anymore so we can pack more products in the box, saving shipping costs.  That’s a saving we’ve passed on to customers who now pay an average of £4.00 less per order for shipping.” 

“We have our storage space back because one small box of FastWrap material can last us three days.  And, thanks to FastWrap and a change of courier, returns are down from around 40 pcm to 3 pcm.”

Andy Brogan
Ampulla warehouse manager

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