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When it comes to warehousing, fulfillment and logistics, there are a variety of different terms that are used to describe the various processes that take place in these facilities. Three of the most common terms you’ll hear are “kitting”, “packaging”, and “light manufacturing.” But what exactly do these terms mean? And what’s the difference between them? Let’s take a closer look.

Kitting is the process of assembling multiple individual items into a single unit that can then be shipped as a single unit. This is often done for products that are frequently ordered together or for products that require special packaging or assembly before they can be shipped  as a “kit”. For example, if you were to order a popular subscription box, the components within the box  would be assembled before shipping. This process of kitting is performed by our staff using an assembly line to assemble a large quantity all at the same time rather than one at a time employing  multiple quality control measures to ensure accuracy. 

Co-Packaging or Co-Packing
Co-Packaging or Co-Packing, on the other hand, is the process of enclosing products in boxes or other containers so that they can be safely shipped. The co-packing process takes place when one business contracts with another business (i.e.;contract packaging) to complete some or all portions of the packaging part of their supply chain.  This may also include palletizing, shrink wrapping and labeling for bulk shipments to corporate distribution centers or to USPS, UPS or FedEx distribution centers. 

Light Manufacturing
Light manufacturing is a term that is used to describe any manufacturing process that doesn’t involve heavy machinery or complex assembly.  In other words, it is generally manual labor intensive  At Elite Sourcing and Logistics, our light manufacturing  includes a basic construction product , for example. 

Kitting, packaging/co-packaging, and light manufacturing are all important processes that take place in warehousing, fulfillment and logistics facilities. Kitting involves assembling multiple items into a single unit, while packaging and co-packing involve enclosing products in boxes or other containers. Light manufacturing describes any manufacturing process that doesn’t involve heavy machinery or complex assembly. All three of these processes are important for ensuring that products are safely transported and arrive at their destination in good condition. If your organization is ready to outsource kitting, packaging, and light assembly projects, consider Elite Sourcing and Logistics. Contact us today for a quote.