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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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How Much Does Third-Party Logistics Cost?

All right, you have been researching third-party logistics, and you have read more than a few articles and resources online. As a result, you have concluded that you want to partner with a contract packaging company and initiate a 3PL program for your business.   The only problem is, you are not sure how much a 3PL program will cost you. And, despite hours of looking for this information online, you can't seem to find pricing anywhere.   By now, you are probably annoyed by how difficult it has been to find pricing. Honestly, that is fair! However, the truth is that you are having trouble finding this information because it is entirely dependent on a couple of different elements that are unique to your business.   Today, however, we are going to show you how to calculate your cost for 3PL!   With over 25 years in 3PL and other contract packaging services, Industrial Packaging understands all that goes into quoting a hard number for a third-party logistics agreement.   This article will discuss what goes into putting a 3PL quote together and help you figure out how much third-party logistics will cost your company.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Poly Bags VS Roll Bags: Which Is Right For You?

In the wide world of flexible packaging, it is easy to get confused about some products. This is especially true when the products look, feel, and act similarly.   I was right where you are when I first started learning about roll bags and poly bags. And while they have some undeniable similarities, they are two very different types of flexible packaging.   But, what are the differences between poly bags and roll bags?   After a few decades in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has consulted countless clients on flexible packaging supplies. Along the way, we have helped many businesses choose the appropriate bagging for their products.   In this article, we will explore poly bags and roll bags. During that exploration, we will take a look at the differences between these two types of bagging. After reading this article, you will know which type of flexible bagging is right for you.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

We all want to save the most we can with any projects we take on. This handy infographic will help you maximize your savings with your shrink film. Get it for free when you subscribe to our blog.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials

Shrink Film: 4 Necessary Questions To Answer Before You Buy

What type of shrink film should I use?   We get some form of this question all the time. There are some general protocols and information available to answer this question. However, the truth is, there isn't a quick and straightforward answer.   And still, you visit our website, or perhaps even one of our competitors, and ask questions like this. You are probably looking for an answer through live chat, email, or, worst-case scenario, a phone call.   And hey, it's 2021. I get it. We all want instant gratification. We want what modern technology is supposedly able to give us. But your packaging line, products, and processes are all highly case-sensitive. They are unique to your business.   There are some situations where a simple answer may be provided. However, more often than not, the ability to correctly answer this question is based on your response to several questions. A process of which is far more involved than what you can achieve through live chat.   To correctly answer this question well, there needs to be a proper understanding of your packaging line. We need to understand your products (their weight, size, shape), the machinery you currently run, and other related dynamics.   After more than 65 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has identified the specific questions you need to answer to find the proper shrink film. The four questions that we cover in this article will help anyone provide appropriate recommendations for the best shrink film for your products.   This article will provide you with the insight necessary to collect the information that we need. In addition, this will help us to give you the proper recommendations for the best shrink film for your products.

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Shipping Protection  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

Primary Packaging VS Secondary Packaging

Hey there! It looks like you are researching packaging services. It also seems that you are trying to figure out which services you need.   Like many folks, I am willing to bet you are a little confused about the differences between primary and secondary packaging. Perhaps you have been doing packaging in-house for a long time. And, now, you are starting to look at outsourcing your packaging as an alternative.   Either way, it is pretty clear why you are here. You want to know what the difference between primary and secondary packaging is.   Well, your quest for this information is nearly complete! With over two decades in the contract packaging space, Industrial Packaging has you covered. We've done primary and secondary packaging for more clients than we can count!   In this article, we will define both primary and secondary packaging. And, we'll explain the differences between these two types of contract packaging services. When you have finished reading this article, you will know if these packaging services are a good fit for your business.

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Environment  |  Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Top 5 Benefits Of Flexible Packaging For The Retail Food Industry

As we move into summer, one thing that appears to be on many consumer's minds is sustainability   Millions of people in the food industry are trying to figure out how to make less of an impact on our planet earth. Which, all things considered, is a good idea.   While the thought of heading to the cold, desolate, desert world of Mars may be appealing to some, most of us plan on staying here. And, if that is the case, we obviously want to take care of our home rather than trash and destroy it, right?   But, when it comes to making less of an impact on the environment and taking actions that make a difference, what can the everyday consumer do? How can you be a good steward to planet earth while still enjoying a modern lifestyle that’s so dependent upon copious amounts of packaging materials?   As someone who works in the food industry, you are also thinking about these things and figuring out how to make your products more earth-friendly. You are looking for a food packaging material that will make less of an impact on planet earth.   By this point, you have probably learned that flexible packaging is one of the most sustainable packaging material choices on the market today. But, you're not exactly sure what the benefits of flexible packaging for your food products are.   Today, we are going to change all that.   Industrial Packaging has been working with earth-friendly and sustainable, flexible packaging materials for decades. And, we have helped countless companies just like yours switch to greener packaging supplies.   That is why we have invited UBE Europe GmbH to write on behalf of Change & Challenge to discuss the sustainable and environmental benefits of flexible packaging for food retailers.   This article will explore the top 5 benefits of choosing flexible packaging for your products regarding sustainability and their impact on the environment.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

How To Reduce Defective Products And Packaging With Contract Packaging

Are you feeling frustrated? Maybe you are more than a little perturbed? You’re seeing an unacceptable amount of defective products and packages on your packaging line.   I am willing to bet you are reading this article because you are looking for one of two things. One, ways in which you can reduce defective products on your packaging line. Or two, how to outsource your packaging line altogether.   Many companies end up outsourcing their supply chain to a contract packaging company. They do this so that they can focus on their core capabilities.   Are you looking for a contract packaging partner who can help you to reduce defects? Do you want someone to take all this supply chain management stuff off of your plate? Industrial Packaging may or may not be the right partner for you.   We have been helping companies of all sizes, even Fortune 500 clients, reduce defects for a while now. And, we can help you to do the same if you’re interested in exploring outsourcing versus trying to negate defects yourself.   In this article, we will explain how a contract packaging partner can help you to reduce and prevent defects, which will result in happier customers.

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