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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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Investment

By: Nathan Dube
October 4th, 2022

Everyone wants to get their packaging when they want it, but that often won't happen when you make any of these common mistakes when you buy packaging.   From extended lead times to the multitude of global supply chain problems plaguing the world today, you have to consider many things before you try to buy packaging materials.   Failing to do so may result in your inability to acquire the packaging materials you want or, more importantly, need to run your business.   However, you can avoid the many costly unwanted problems that come along with packaging purchasing mistakes.   But, what are the mistakes people everywhere make when trying to purchase the packaging materials they need?   And how can you avoid these mistakes to prevent your business from falling into the same lousy purchasing habits?   This article will review the top five mistakes buyers make today when placing orders for the packaging materials required to keep their business running like a well-oiled machine.

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Packaging Materials

By: David Roberge
September 29th, 2022

Skin packaging is part of a family of packaging known as carded packaging. Carded packaging also includes other packaging supplies, including blister packaging and clamshells.   But if you are reading this article, it is clear that you are here to learn more about skin packaging. Well, you have come to the right place!   Skin packaging is a close relative of blister packaging; they are commonly confused by those new to carded packaging materials.   Generally speaking, skin packs have two features. The transparent plastic film (usually either Surlyn or skin poly) and the backer, more commonly known as a skinboard (which sometimes is replaced by another layer of film, see photo below).   For the most part, skin packaging has three main applications. In this article, we will review the top 3 applications for skin packs to help you identify if they are the right choice for your product packaging needs.

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By: Nathan Dube
September 27th, 2022

Did you know you can eat packaging? You can! Well, I mean, you can eat edible packaging. If you are like me, the first time I heard about edible packaging, I thought it must have been April 1st.   I mean, how could such a thing be anything more than a joke to be digested on that hilarious annual holiday?   But, low and behold, packaging you can eat is not only a thing; it is something that has been around for the past few years and is also an idea that is slowly gaining in popularity.   While eating the wrapper of that juicy cheeseburger you just scarfed down may not sound terribly appealing, these are the kinds of things incredibly forward-thinking brands are toying around with.   And while some consumers may gag at the thought of eating the cup holding their coffee, these are precisely the types of experiments that some businesses are rolling the dice on.   You might be surprised to learn that not only are some of these wacky approaches to sustainable packaging being embraced by consumers in such trials, but some folks are also asking for more packaging to eat!   But the question remains, is this just a passing fad, or is this the future of earth-friendly packaging? Perhaps only time will tell.   Regardless, in this article, we will explore the world of edible packaging that you can eat and dig deeper into some examples of this modern phenomenon.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
September 22nd, 2022

Hey there! Do you enjoy social media? Based on the fact that you are reading a blog article, I will assume the answer is yes! OK, question two. Do you enjoy contests?   Do you have access to or own a smartphone or digital camera? Would you like to win $500 off your next order of $1,500 or more from Industrial Packaging? If you answered yes to the questions above, we think you will be excited to learn about the Industrial Packaging Social Media Photo Contest!    If we have piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about the contest or take part in the event, you will find the rest of this article enlightening.   In it, we will look at an overview of the contest, the rules and regulations, and other pieces of information discussing the event and how it will work!   There is no cost to enter the contest, and it will be super fun! So, if having fun taking photos and getting a $500 prize sounds like a good time to you, please read on!

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Equipment

By: Nathan Dube
September 20th, 2022

Are you thinking about buying stretch wrappers for your business? Before you do there are various things you will need to do before you make a purchase.   First and foremost, you need to figure out which type of stretch wrapper you need for your business. There are several different types of stretch wrappers.   Each type of stretch wrapper is designed for specific applications.   If you were to just go to the internet and choose a random wrapper that you wanted based on your assumptions, you might end up buying the wrong piece of equipment.   That is why it is essential to educate yourself on the different types of stretch wrappers currently available and the applications for which those machines are best suited.   Failure to do proper research before your stretch wrapper purchase could result in you buying the wrong type of stretch wrapper for your company.   This article will introduce you to the various types of stretch wrappers currently available and help you choose the appropriate stretch wrapper for your business.

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The Business of Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
September 15th, 2022

EDITED 9/15/22 8:16 AM: National Railroad Strike Averted!    A pending railroad strike that was initially blocked by executive action from President Biden back in July, allowing for a sixty-day delay, may begin on Friday, 9/16/22.   The strike, led by the two most essential unions in the railroad industry representing engineers and conductors, has been negotiating on behalf of over 100,000 railroad employees whose responsibilities essentially keep the railroads across the nation running.   As of today, it does not appear that the union's negotiations are getting the response they want. This could lead to a national strike starting tomorrow morning.   This could cause a rather precarious situation for a supply chain that has already been heavily beaten up by the COVID pandemic, trucker shortages and protests, and continued problems with container ships that sit unopened in ports around the globe to this day.   At the moment, there is no guarantee that the strike will move forward but based on current tensions felt by these railroad employees who say that staffing shortages and being on call at all times say that their work lives have become intolerable.   The main question everyone is asking themselves at this point is, should the railroad strike occur, what will the repercussions be for an already burdened supply chain?   And, in what ways can these events be dealt with to prevent further decline in the availability of various items such as automobiles, consumer goods, and other products threatened by the strike?   While only time will tell, in the article below, we will dive deeper into the strike and provide information on what could happen if they proceed and what is being done by elected officials to negate potential problems.