Why Your Choice of Wiper Packaging Matters

In the Shop Towel industry, Wiper packaging types are often referred to as "Put Ups.” Typical put ups include Bag, Case, Crushpack, Flatpack, Perforated Roll, Pop-Up Dispenser Box and Quarterfold.

For high-volume shops and industrial use applications, your choice of Wiper packaging directly impacts:

      • Cost – relative cost per piece
      • Dispensing preference – shop-use efficiency
      • Storage convenience

Here are some important benefits and trade-offs to consider when choosing your Shop Towel packaging options.

Wiper Packaging Comparison Chart

Crushpack

Description

A tightly packed cardboard dispensing box with a perforated "punch out hole” in the side. Contains a high volume of Wipers jam-packed into the single Wiper dispenser.

Benefits/Trade-Offs
  • The Crushpack offers the least expensive single Wiper dispenser method — similar cost per piece as the same-sized Flatpacked product
  • The Crushpack makes it easy to select one Wiper at a time from the pop-out hole while keeping the rest clean
  • A Crushpack takes up a little more storage space per Wiper than a Flatpack

Flatpack

Flatpack put-up photo

Description

Packaged in a standard corrugated shipping/storage box or case, Flatpacked Wipers are stacked uniformly, one Wiper on top of another. They are not folded and are not placed in poly bags.

Benefits/Trade-Offs
  • Flatpacked Wipers are the least expensive put up, typically, 2-3¢ less per piece than Quarterfolded or perforated roll Wipers
  • Flatpack Wiper users must separate the top shop towel from the next Wiper, which requires a little diligence and dexterity
  • Selecting multiple Wipers can lead to product waste
  • Flatpacked Wipers fit more Wipers in less space than all other put ups except for the perforated roll

Perforated Roll

Perforated Roll put-up photo 

Description

Perforated rolls can be hung mounted on a dowel dispenser to save space, or simply kept on a countertop or shelf for easy access. Perforated rolls without a center core work well when inserted into a bucket dispenser, pre-soaked in your preferred liquid cleaning solution or solvent and then pulled from the center for easy dispensing.

Benefits/Trade-Offs
  • Perforated rolls of Wipers are a convenient space saver —mounted within easy reach on a heavy-duty metal dowel or placed on a tabletop
  • Perforated rolls cost about the same as Quarterfolded Wipers, 2-3¢ more per piece than same-sized Crushpack or Flatpack product
  • Dispensing Shop Towels on a roll can lead to waste as users may not always take care to tear them at the single-use perforations

Quarterfold

Quarterfold put-up photo

Description

Quarterfolded Wipers typically ship in a standard corrugated storage box packed smaller quantity sealed polybags of 10-50 wipers.

Benefits/Trade-Offs
  • The Quarterfolded Wipers’ pre-folded design facilitates easy single-use and access to tight areas for cleaning or polishing
  • They are a favorite Wiper among body shops and metal paint prep
  • Quarterfold Wipers typically sell at a 2-3¢ per piece premium
  • Smaller count Quarterfold Polybags are easily stored near a work area until ready to use, reducing exposure of Wiper contamination

Pop-Up Box

Pop-Up Box put-up photo

Description

Pop-Up Box Shop Towels come in retail-looking packaging and dispense single Wipers similar to Kleenex®. Each Wiper is neatly folded inside the box so that selecting one wiper pops up the next wiper. 

Benefits/Trade-Offs
  • Pop-Up Box Shop Towels are available in a variety of materials and sizes
  • The Pop-Up Box design allows easy single-use Wiper selection while protecting the stored Wipers from dust and contamination.
  • Pop-Up Boxes also fit into a wall mount, if tabletop space is limited.
  • You will pay a premium for the Pop-Up Box Wipers’ convenience and smaller quantity boxes versus the value-oriented Crushpack.
  • Purchasing Pop-Up Box Wipers by the case can help offset the additional cost-saving almost 30% by buying in bulk.

Wiper Packaging Conclusion
If your shop is staffed with conscientious, non-wasteful personnel, Wipers packaged in less expensive put ups like a Crush or Flatpack can work well. If associates liberally go through Wipers by the handfuls, allotting lower quantity Quarterfolded packs or Pop-Up Boxes, may help to conserve excess Wiper usage.

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