10 Advantages of Custom Printed Wicketed Bags

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If you’re looking to improve your packaging process’s efficiency, it may be as simple as rethinking what type of bags you use. Production line slowdowns can often be the result of time wasted opening and handling individual poly bags.

An old proverb, sometimes attributed to Plato, says, “necessity is the mother of invention.” This wisdom rings true when it comes to innovations in packaging. Wicketed bags are the answer to the need for a bagging system that is quick and smooth. They make packaging faster and more efficient.

Never heard of wicketed bags? You’re not alone. Here we’ve outlined what they are and how they can benefit your operation.

What Are Wicketed Bags?

Wicketed bags are pretty much just what they sound like: a stack of plastic bags attached to a wire wicket. The bags securely hold in place by rubber washers and sometimes a chipboard header.

Wicketed Polybags, named because they come from polyethylene (PE), are typically available in units containing 100-250 plastic bags.

There are many customization options, including the ability to add printed logos, bottom gussets, and custom sizing, color, and thickness. Wicketed bags can also be on a staple pack instead of a wire wicket. Stapled packs can be stacked and placed on a wicket.

Why Should You Switch to Wicketed Bags?

Like any shrewd business person, chances are you require some convincing that a change is worth the fuss. The bottom line with wicketed bags is they make it incredibly straightforward to package items quickly, ultimately saving you time and money.

Now that you have a little more clarity on what a wicketed bag is, we’ll explore some of the specific advantages of using them.

They Allow Anyone to Quickly Package Products

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Individual poly bags can be difficult to open quickly. The layers of the bag often stick together, making it a challenge to open them immediately. Unless your employees all have very nimble fingers, you’ll notice your production line slows down with individual bags.

On the contrary, wicketed bags are easy for anyone to open quickly, fill, and seal. With the bags mounted on a wicket, you can easily open them with one hand as you place a product inside with the other. When you’ve finished packing one product, another bag is waiting in place for you on the wire wicket.

The wicket effectively acts as a dispenser for plastic bags, allowing for maximum efficiency. You can also easily blow the bags open with a fan for even faster packaging.

They’re Easy to Customize

Leo Burnett said about advertising, “make it simple, make it memorable, make it inviting to look at.” Bags are a great advertising opportunity. They’re yet another spot to place your logo, so customers get familiar with it and shop with you again.

Wicketed bag manufacturers can print your custom design on each bag. With each purchase your customers make, they’ll be carrying around your logo.

They Come in a Variety of Sizes

Wickets have two components: a shoulder and a leg. Wicket size is the shoulder length x leg length. For example, an 8″x5″ wicket would have an 8-inch shoulder and a 5-inch leg.

Wickets are available in a range of sizes, allowing for a range in sizes of the bags attached to them. With a variety of sizes, you can bag up products of all shapes, lengths, and widths. The minimum size for a bag is 5” x 8”, ranging all the way up to 24” x 36”. You can also customize the thickness of the bag, from 1 millimeter to 6 millimeters.

Many Different Industries Favor Wicketed Bags

You may be wondering if this style of the bag makes sense for your operation. Businesses across all industries use wicketed poly bags for packaging their products.

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Here are just a few examples of industries making use of this bagging innovation:

  • Food packaging
  • Bakeries
  • Grocery stores (specifically for produce)
  • Clothing and garment sellers
  • Mechanical component manufacturers

No matter what your product is, it would help if you packaged it. Wicketed bags can make the process easier.

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They’re Versatile

As previously mentioned, wicketed bags are highly customizable. This versatility extends to the materials they are made out of. They can be made from FDA virgin materials if you are packaging food or medical supplies. A special additive can even be included which makes the bags suitable for packaging frozen foods.

Alternatively, wicketed bags can also be made out of recycled materials if you’re looking to cut costs and be eco-friendly.

They’re Cost-Effective

Wicketed bags are incredibly cost-effective as they save you time during the packaging process. You’ll be able to package more products per day.

Although pricing will depend on your wicketed bags’ particular specifications, the unit prices are typically per thousand.

They Allow for Quick Turnaround Time Between Jobs

Being mounted on a wicket makes these bags extremely easy to walk away from and come back to between jobs. It’s easy for workers to pick up right where they left off to resume their tasks.

You always know that when you’re through with one bag, another one is waiting right behind it on the wicket, ready to go. Easy access reduces turnaround times.

The Rubber Washers and Wire Wickets Are Reusable

You may be wondering what happens to the wickets and the rubber washers when you’ve finished with an entire wicket of bags. They are reusable! The bag industry is always looking for ways to reduce waste.

They’ve Become the Standard for Online Shopping

With the explosion of e-commerce, consumers are shopping online more and expecting packaging that’s less wasteful and more customized. Wicketed bag manufacturers allow you to market to these shoppers.

Sellers can print their custom logos onto bags. You can also select a bag size that’s no bigger than their product demands to reduce waste.

They’ll Help You Grow Your Business

If you’re still wondering what’s really in it for your business when it comes to wicketed bags, the answer is simple. When you’re able to package more products in less time, you’re ready to sell more products. This formula ultimately translates to more significant profits and growing business.

Conclusion

Production operations across a wide range of industries have made the switch to wicketed poly bags. The results are because of the undeniable improvements in packaging speed. Indeed, you will see guaranteed improvement in your packaging efficiency if you make the switch as well.

Call Bagmasters today or complete the form on our website to start saving time and money!

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Eric Johannsen