The manufacturing should typically include a packaging cost in the initial price that was quoted. However, if you fail to bring this up for discussion, the manufacturer will most likely bulk package your product in a large box for shipping. If you do not specify the type of packaging that you prefer well in advance, do not expect it to come in a nicely packaged box.
To ensure that your product is shipped both safely and accurately, I suggest that you have the packaging professionally designed with both of these factors in mind. However, a professionally designed package is dependent on the required stages after the parts have been delivered to you. Because of this, packaging options may vary considerably. To further explain, I have provided two scenarios below.
You need to add a part to the product before your final pack for delivery.
In this scenario, you are planning to do the assembly of your product yourself or, are possibly needing to add another part to the product before packaging and delivery. Perhaps you have decided to add a battery, for instance. This means that you will most likely buy a box or a pallet, dependent on size, full of parts. You will then remove the part, add your addition and then package the final product in packaging yourself.
While this ensures quality control throughout the packaging process, there are a few things to consider before packaging your own product or deciding to add another part to the product itself. First and foremost, depending on the size and shipping method of your product, see if you can design your parts in a way that they will stack on top of one another to reduce wasted space in packaging containers or boxes. This wasted space is commonly referred to as “shipping air” and is essentially an unwelcome packaging expense when size and space directly influence packaging cost.
Be sure to discuss with your designer your preferred shipping method so that they can take the design into account as well as whether or not the parts can be stacked to eliminate potential shipping air. Unfortunately, if you let your designer know of your preference after the project is completed, it may cost more to have the product redesigned to meet the newly specified packaging. As customary, having this discussion well in advance will help you take advantage of compacting the parts as best as possible to reduce the cost of shipping during transport. It will also eliminate any need to redesign the product, which is expensive and timely.
Always remember that if your parts are heavy and you are considering container loads for shipment, bear in mind that containers have a weight limit that you should never, under any circumstance, exceed.
The packaging is completed by the manufacturer.
This is my preferred and most advisable packaging method. Why? Having the manufacturer complete the packaging frees up more of your time and allows you the opportunity to focus on other, more important parts of the invention process such as sales and marketing of the product itself. Remember, the more time you have to market your product, the more potential sales and the greater the opportunity for success! Therefore, when you let the manufacturer do all of the hard packaging work, you can take direct advantage of their access to cheaper labor, assembly lines and industrial expertise that allows them to work far more efficiently than if you chose to package the product yourself. It is important to note that one potential downfall for this method is that individually packaging a part might increase the chances of shipping air, which is something to consider in terms of time saved against added cost.