The Flexible Packaging Blog

Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 29th, 2021

You are interested in possibly outsourcing your supply chain through contract packaging, but you are not sure if your company is a good fit for this type of program.   From what you have gathered so far, you may or may not be the correct type of business to outsource through contract packaging. But, you want to learn more about the kinds of companies that are a good fit for using a co-packer to decide if you're going to partner with one.   You are looking for information that will help you make this decision. And, you have been looking for this info for a while now.   As a multi-generational packaging company with decades in the contract packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has helped many businesses figure out if using a co-packer is right for them. In this article, we will help you to do the same.   After reading this article, you will be able to figure out if you are a good fit for working with a contract packaging company or not.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
July 27th, 2021

Are you getting ready to package multi-packs of your products? If so, you are most likely exploring the appropriate flexible packaging films for this application.   And, you want to make sure that you choose the correct film for the types of products you are preparing to bring to market.   But, you are not sure if shrink film or bundling film is suitable for your packaging requirements.   Maybe you have been packaging products in shrink film for some time. But, you are finding that regular shrink films are not strong enough for specific products.   Or, perhaps this is the first time you will be using flexible films to package your products and multi-packs and are not sure which one of these films is the best choice for your needs.   You are looking to understand better the differences between these two types of flexible packaging films so that you can select the correct option.   After 65 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets asked what the differences between these films are. Having consulted countless companies on the appropriate films for their needs, we can help you identify the best one for yours.   In this article, we explain the differences between bundling film and shrink film. With the information in this article, you will be able to choose the appropriate flexible packaging film for your specific packaging requirements.

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Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
July 22nd, 2021

Are you feeling frustrated? I can tell.   I mean, I would be pretty annoyed as well. After months of searching for a way to make your bottled products stand out from the crowd, you discovered shrink sleeves.   At first glance, it seemed like the perfect way to set your products apart from the pack. With the ability to print full color, branded imagery, and crisp, clean lettering, it looked like the perfect packaging solution for your needs.   So, you ordered the required equipment and a stock of sleeves. Then, after the time-consuming implementation of new equipment and operator training, you finally started production.   Maybe it went OK for a while. Or, maybe your sleeves started rising up immediately. Either way, what was supposed to be the perfect addition to your packaging line has become an ongoing headache.   You have tired several troubleshooting items, but nothing seems to work. You have had enough. And, you are desperately seeking a solution to this problem so that you can get your products to market.   Thankfully, you have landed here on our blog. And, we are going to help you solve this problem.   With several decades in the flexible packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has provided shrink sleeve solutions to clients for many years. So, we have seen it all. And, we know the common causes for this problem.   This article will help you identify the problem areas with your shrink sleeve applications and provide potential solutions to get you back to properly packaging your products.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
July 20th, 2021

Based on the question above, it would appear that you are looking for an alternative to shrink film. If I had to guess, I bet you have been using shrink film to package some of your products. But, you are currently looking to package heavier items and multi-packs.   Perhaps you are packaging beverages in glass bottles, and you are looking to unitize them. Or, maybe you are looking to package multi-packs of canned foods.   Regardless of the products and applications, you have come to understand that standard shrink films are simply not strong enough for your packaging requirements.   It would help if you had something with higher tensile strength and puncture resistance. After reading up on alternatives to traditional shrink film, you came across the term "bundling film".   And, while you have a basic idea of what this material is, you want to get a deeper understanding of the film and it's applications. You want to figure out if it is the proper packaging solution for your products.   With over sixty years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging is no stranger to flexible packaging films. And, we know which films and applications are appropriate for each other.   This article will explain what bundling film is and provide insight into the proper uses and applications for this type of flexible packaging film.   With the information in this article, you will be able to decide if bundling film is the right packaging solution for your product packaging needs.

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The Business of Packaging | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 14th, 2021

All right, all right, all right! After months of deliberation, you have decided that contract packaging is the right solution for your company's supply chain needs! You have narrowed your search for a co-packer down to two or three vendors, and you are ready to enter into a contract packaging agreement.   After sending off an RFQ to your prospective vendors, you were hoping a few simple meetings would be all that was required to initiate the process.   Unfortunately, each of your prospective vendors has requested product samples from you and will not move the process forward until you have completed this task.   This was, for all intents and purposes, an unexpected request. You want to know why this needs to be done to move forward with your contract packaging dreams.   We understand your frustration. But, we also know that a client must send the chosen contract packaging vendor product samples to move the contract packaging process forward.   After several decades in the contract packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets the question "why do we need to send you product samples to start contract packaging"?   This article will explain why you will be required to send in product samples before you can begin a contract packaging agreement with your chosen co-packer.   After reading this article, you will better understand why this is a required element to starting the contract packaging process.

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Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
July 13th, 2021

Are you thinking of purchasing a contract packaging plan to outsource your company's supply chain and packaging line? Wait, before you do, you will want to read this article! Why is that?   Well, for one thing, very few contract packaging companies are willing to identify why you should not use contract packaging. But, there are specific reasons for certain companies not to use a co-packer.   In an effort to be transparent, open, and honest, we feel that it is imperative to be clear about those companies that are and are not, in fact, a good fit for partnering with a contract packaging company.   With several decades in both contract and in-house packaging, Industrial Packaging knows which companies are unsuitable for contract packaging programs.   In this article, we are going to review the top 5 types of customers who are not a good fit for contract packaging. With the information in this article, you will be able to decide if contract packaging is right for your business or not.