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

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How To Choose A Contract Packaging Company: Top 5 Considerations

You have done your research. You have concluded that you would like to hire a contract packaging company. You have decided that this will allow you to outsource your supply chain management. You understand that contract packaging will simplify your business and save you money.   Now you are looking at potential contract packaging partners. But, you are not sure what to look for when choosing such a partner.   You have a lot of questions on your mind. Questions like, what capabilities should my contract packaging partner have? What resources should our contract packaging company have at their disposal? Does it matter where my contract packaging vendor is located? How much does contract packaging cost?   You know that these are all essential questions. You want to make sure that you choose a vendor who can meet your needs based upon these questions. You are looking for a resource where you can figure out all the answers to these questions.   Well, today might be your lucky day! Industrial Packaging has done contract packaging for businesses like yours. And, we have been doing this for over sixty-five years. Through our contract packaging services, we can help your business.   This article will take a look at the top 5 considerations in choosing a contract packaging vendor.

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Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Plastic Packaging Costs To Increase In 2021: Here Is Why

If you have been tasked with buying shrink film for your company, chances are, you have noticed that prices for many films and plastic packaging supplies have been slowly creeping up since at least September of last year. You may have also noticed that any resin-based plastic packaging supplies are also increasing in price as time goes on.   You are probably wondering, what is the cause of these price increases? When can we expect them to stop? Should I stock up on supplies now to save money in the long run?   These are but a few of the questions we have been getting from our customers, and we expect to continue receiving such inquiries. To provide some knowledge and peace of mind, we have put this article together to help you better understand what is going on.   It is Industrial Packaging's stance that being open and forthright with this information is necessary because it impacts our customers. We believe that we have a requirement to be upfront with any type of news like this in order to maintain the trust we've built with our customers.   With the rise of global supply chain disruptions due to customer demand, the plastic resin market is preparing for multiple cost increases as we head into March. Additional price increases for various resin-based plastic packaging supplies are expected to occur over the next few months.   This article will provide some insight into the events that have led to these materials' increased prices.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance

What Type Of Shrink Tunnel Conveyor Is Best For My Products?

If you buy shrink packaging machinery or upgrade older equipment, your mind probably goes to one of two places. Shrink tunnels or sealers.   Those are the two pieces of shrink packaging machinery that come to mind for most buyers. This is a common starting point when beginning the buying process for shrink packaging machinery. But, there is another important element to consider, conveyors.   As for which type of conveyor is right for your packaging line, well, that all depends on various factors, the size, weight, and shape of your products will all play a part in determining this.   The Industrial Packaging crew has been working with shrink packaging machinery for generations. Along the way, we have learned a lot about shrink machinery. And conveyors are no exception to the rule.   This article will explore the different types of conveyors currently available. We will discuss the applications for this type of packaging equipment.

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Fulfillment  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Why We Offer Contract Packaging Primarily In The Northeast USA

You are probably wondering, if Industrial Packaging is simply managing the supply chain and packaging line elements of our client's business, can't we do that anywhere in the country? Well, yes.   We could do that. But, for us at Industrial Packaging, we think that it is best for us to deliver an excellent experience for a small amount of people versus a mediocre experience for a much larger audience.   Another thing that was glaringly obvious to us about our geographical region was that there is about thirty billion dollars worth of contract packaging business going on in our own backyard.   That is one very good reason to stick to servicing this area of the United States. But, it is not the only reason why we have chosen to stick to the Northeast. Providing our world-class packaging supplies and service to this area just makes sense.   In this article, we aim to explain why we have limited ourselves to this geographical area. By reading this article, you should have a good idea if you are a good fit for Industrial Packaging as a contract packaging client or not.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Creative Ways To Recycle Corrugated Boxes And Find Sustainable Alternatives

In our digitally connected world, we go through quite a lot of corrugated boxes. Just Amazon alone ships millions of packages to customers all over the world.   Do you have empty cardboard boxes sitting unused in your house somewhere? Yeah, me too! You are probably wondering what to do with them, right? I mean, sure you could toss them in the recycling bin and hope that they actually get recycled.   But, with contamination issues in single-stream recycling, how do you know if they are really getting recycled? Single stream recycling is the most widespread recycling platform in the USA. For consumers who use it, here is how it works.   Consumers are given two bins from their waste management vendor. The vendor drops off one bin for trash and one bin for recycling. All recyclable materials are tossed into the recycling bin. The waste management company picks up the bin and transports the materials. They deliver the materials to a warehouse. In the warehouse, the materials are sorted for recycling.   This is where contamination becomes an issue. Any materials that are contaminated with food particles, liquids, or other contaminants are sent to a landfill. Many consumers do not properly clean and dry the materials before putting them in the recycling bin. When this happens, any contaminated materials end up in a landfill.   When it comes to contamination issues,  you could always just throw these materials in the trash. But, do you really want to do that? Corrugated cardboard that ends up in the landfill takes up a lot of space. It produces tons of methane, which is one of the most destructive greenhouse gasses known today.   Wouldn't it be cool if there was something else that you could do with all those empty boxes? Something besides just throwing them away? What if there was a way to reuse the boxes? Perhaps there is another way to recycle them with the assurance that they will be recycled.   What if you could turn all those boxes into something useful, or even, a work of art? Are there ways that we can be putting these empty containers to better use?   Well, the short answer is YES!   From charitable causes like Give Back Box, to artisanal expressions of high art and pop-culture, there are many different things you can do to reuse and recycle all those empty cardboard boxes.   With over sixty-five years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging is no stranger to corrugated boxes. We know the complications in recycling that comes with this type of packaging. But, we also have some pretty awesome ways for you to repurpose those boxes.   We also know about the various sustainable alternatives to corrugated boxes. These can help make your packaging more environmentally friendly.   In this article, we will explore some of the charitable and creative ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle corrugated boxes. Additionally, we provide an exploration of some of the sustainable alternatives to cardboard boxes.

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Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  The Business of Packaging

Contract Packaging Cost: How Much Will Outsourcing Cost?

So, you are beginning the journey of seeking out a contract packaging company because you’re considering outsourcing your supply chain needs. In this situation, it is normal to have a lot of questions about the process. But, for most people, the number one question is, how much does it cost? This is a very good question. However, most businesses are hoping to get a universal ballpark figure right off the bat. That’s totally understandable - you want to have this information to figure out if this is something you can afford. You want to know if the cost justifies the investment.   Many buyers go to the internet and punch in some variant of that question. They hope that the information will be front and center. After clicking through a host of articles on Google, many buyers get frustrated.   Most of the articles and other content you’ll find does not usually have this information. The reason for this is because the answer is extremely case sensitive. The cost for contract packaging is going to be very different from one company to the next.   The reason for this is because your costs relate to your labor force, packaging machinery, packaging materials, warehousing space, logistics, and the other variables that change from one company to the next.   The total cost for a contract packaging agreement for you, is not going to look anything like the one that is appropriate for your competitors. Unless of course, all the variables above are nearly identical for each company, of which, they rarely are.   With all of that in mind, it is important to understand one thing. There is an answer to your question and it can be provided by a contract packaging company. But, they will need to analyze your unique requirements to produce a close approximation of the total cost.   Industrial Packaging has done this kind of analytical research for countless companies. We can do this for your company as well if contract packaging ends up becoming the best option for your company.   In this article, we will explain the elements that go into calculating an estimate for contract packaging. We will explore the different elements we need to analyze before we can answer the question, how much does it cost?

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