9 tips to plan a packaging-free display

Planning a packaging-free display? We have some tips to help you along. 

1. Type of products

Choose the correct bin for your product. Different bins offer different benefits. A gravity bin is ideal for dry products with firm consistency, such as nuts and cereals, while a scoop bin provides a good option for dry products with a soft texture, such as dried fruits. For easily spoiled products like coffee, closed box systems offer protection from oxidization. For liquid products, viscosity will be the deciding factor if solutions using electricity are needed. 

2. Supplier and supply chain consideration 

Consider how your supplier and/or supply chain can support you:

  • Do you have the same supplier for all packaging-free products to simplify management?
  • Do you work with private labels and/or brand suppliers?
  • Do you intend to manage the supply chain yourself?

3. Plan in-store maintenance

Cleanliness is a key criterion for shoppers, and bins need to be replenished regularly to drive sales. Closed box systems or bins that are easy to clean are faster to replenish and simplify maintenance. 


4. Plan the location of the refill station

Installing packaging-free displays in the respective category alongside packaged items may help create awareness among current non-bulk shoppers. But it will require more time to maintain and additional scales in each category. 

5. Motivate shoppers via pricing

Offering packaging-free products at a lower price than corresponding items in packaged form provides an additional incentive and encourages shoppers to save money and shop more sustainability. Lower-price message should be well communicated to shoppers in stores. See our in-store communication solutions.

6. Present a hygienic display

Hygiene is a general concern for many shoppers. Anti-bacterial handles help increase the perceived safety of shopping for loose foods, while closed box systems prevent food contamination. 

7. Secure product safety and traceability

Preventing product interference and ensuring traceability are primary requirements for many brands and retailers. A closed box system with batch numbers allows tracking and direct food contact can be avoided in the store. For liquid products, it is necessary to use pre-specified bottles relevant to the product, in accordance with legislation. 

8. Simplify packaging-free shopping for consumers

Make refill shopping easy by communicating the simple step-by-step process. Avoid complicated instructions! For instance, when weighing each purchase, sensors can be installed to help identify the right product faster. Apps provide additional product information as well. 

9. Maximize branding & communication on each bin

Clear branding on the bins helps shoppers locate their preferred brands and products quickly. Provide information on each item including price, nutritional facts, and ingredients so that shoppers can make educated decisions. 

We carry full range of packaging-free displays from shelving units, hoppers to accessories. Please contact us for display advisory service.