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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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Food Packaging: Plastic Clamshells VS Styrofoam Containers

When it comes to packaging hot or cold food, you have probably seen hundreds of different types of options. As you comb through the maze of different containers for food packaging, the wide variety of options can be mind-numbing.   Two of the most popular options for packaging both hot and cold "grab-n-go" prepared foods are plastic clamshells and styrofoam containers.   When you find yourself looking at these items, they may seem similar at first glance. You may think to yourself; maybe I will choose one or the other based on gut instinct.   The problem with that thinking is that each of these containers has specific applications that they are well suited for and others that are not. Choosing the wrong type of container for the incorrect application can result in possible contamination and damage to the vessel.   Having sold hundreds of thousands of flexible food packaging items, we here at Industrial Packaging have a deep understanding of each container's pros and cons.   While we sell plastic clamshells and do not sell styrofoam, we want to be transparent about both types of containers so that you can choose the one that is best for you.   We work with companies like yours daily to make sure they're choosing the right food packaging product.   In this article, we will compare plastic clamshells to styrofoam containers and discuss the pros and cons of each. You'll understand which of these is best for your food products and be able to make a purchasing decision without hesitation.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Technical Service and Support

Why Routine Maintenance Is Critical For Packaging Machinery & Materials

You may own the very best packaging machinery. You may even be running the highest quality materials on those machines. However, if you do not have excellent service for machinery repair and materials sourcing, you will end up with unwanted downtime.   There are many variables to consider when running a top-notch packaging line: cost of goods, electrical supply, gasses, and air needs, space requirements, and the list goes on and on. One of the essential elements of a professional and successful packaging line is your access to outstanding service.   As a machinery and materials service provider with thousands of happy customers, Industrial Packaging knows just how important service is to a world-class packaging line. In this article, we will discuss the importance of service and why at the end of the day, service is KING!

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Equipment  |  Plant Performance  |  Shipping Protection

How To Reduce Stretch Film Costs By 20-50% By Upgrading Your Lantech Stretch Wrapper Gears

Are you purchasing machinery or materials for your packaging line? Feeling a bit of pressure to cut costs or save as much money as possible while also keeping a smooth running line?   Chances are, you’ve always been focused on reducing costs whenever possible. But in today's world, with so many businesses coming out of long periods of downtime, cutting costs is a top concern for practically everyone. There’s extra pressure from upper management to figure out how to save your company money.   You probably ask yourself on a daily basis, How can I cut costs today?    We know that the responsibilities of purchasing personnel today are stressful. Here at Industrial Packaging, we’ve worked with purchasing departments for decades to optimize their packaging lines and save money.   That is why, in this article, we are going to give you a few helpful cost-saving tips. Specifically, if you’re running a Lantech stretch wrapper, we are going to help you save between 20-50% on stretch wrapping film costs! Want to see proof of this in action? Review this case study we created based on our own experience!

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Leasing VS Buying

You have been tasked with buying packaging machinery for your company, and you are stressing about how you should purchase the equipment.

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Packaging Machinery: Why Preventative Maintenance Is More Important Than Ever!

Companies like yours are starting to re-open, and production will soon begin on packaging lines around the country. After months of unexpected downtime due to COVID19, many businesses are eager to jump-start their packaging lines and get back to business as usual. One thing to keep in mind is that preventative maintenance and repair for packaging machinery is more important now than ever. If packaging machinery is not properly cared for after being shut down for months, immediate problems may arise. At Industrial Packaging, we have worked on many packaging machinery lines and different types of packaging machinery. We can help you ensure that when your line goes live, you won't have to deal with more unexpected downtime. In this article, we will discuss the great importance of having access to quality packaging machinery repair and maintenance services and why it can be a "make or break" issue today.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection  |  Warehousing

The Top 3 Types Of Strapping Material And Their Uses

You know that strapping can be used to bundle products together, reinforce cartons, and to secure items to pallets for shipment. These strapping materials come in a variety of options, but how do you know which is best for your application? Your options can be filtered down into three primary categories: polypropylene(PP), polyester(PET), and steel.   Strapping materials are used primarily for bundling products together and securing pallet loads during transport and storage. When used for palletizing, it is often complemented with the additional security of stretch wrap. Being a market leader in supplying strapping materials to companies of all sizes, we've been able to help many brands overcome the challenges of securing your products from shipment to shelf.    You might find yourself with a lot of questions when trying to find the best strapping material for you.    Which type of strapping material is ideal for your application, and how does it function?    What is the difference between virgin and recycled strapping?    Find out how these materials work and which will be the best fit to optimize the security and unitizing of your products..

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is The Difference Between Skin Packaging And Blister Packaging?

Are you frustrated with not being able to understand the differences between skin packaging and blister packaging? Don’t worry, it happens to a lot of people.    Maybe you’re a purchasing agent needing to make the right decision on packaging materials. Maybe you’re a small business owner getting ready to launch a new food product. Regardless of where you’re at in this process, we’re going to help you choose the right packaging for your products.   While blister packaging and skin packaging share some similarities in aesthetics and materials, they are best suited for different applications. Skin packaging is commonly used to package fish (such as smoked salmon fillets). Blister packs are more likely to house the fishing lure used to catch the fish!   Industrial Packaging has been selling blister packaging and skin packaging for many years. We talk to people on a daily basis who are searching for the right type of packaging and we help guide them to make the best decision for their business.    In this article, we will explore the differences between skin packs and blister packs and take a look at the appropriate applications for each type of packaging.

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Packaging Materials  |  Technical Service and Support

How To Interpret Technical Data On Shrink Film

If you want to run shrink film on your packaging line, you need to understand a wide array of technical terms. From gloss and haze to tensile and elongation, there is a host of technical data that requires understanding.   With decades of experience with shrink film, we here at Industrial Packaging know the material inside and out. In today's article, we will explore the various terms used when interpreting technical data on shrink film.   With the information in this post, you will be able to run shrink film on your packaging line with ease and know how to properly optimize your machinery and materials.

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Environment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Flexible Packaging VS Rigid Packaging: Pros and Cons

When it comes to choosing packaging for your products, you have a lot of options. So many that it might be overwhelming to find the perfect packaging. Two broad packaging categories that you will find are flexible packaging and rigid packaging. But, what exactly are the differences between these types of packaging materials?   Some of the main differences include environmental impact, sustainability, cost, and other various items of consideration.   At Industrial Packaging, we pride ourselves on being an educator in the flexible packaging supplies that we offer. However, we want to be clear that for some products rigid packaging is a better choice.   There are also plenty of applications where flexible packaging is the superior choice of the two. In this article, we will compare the pros and cons of flexible and rigid packaging and help you to understand which is a better choice for your specific packaging needs.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection

What's The Difference Between Shrink Film And Stretch Film?

So, you are looking for a type of film, but you are confused about which type you actually need. While it is not uncommon to confuse stretch film with shrink film, they are not the same material. Stretch film and shrink film are made for very different applications and using one in the wrong application could lead to serious problems.   After such a long time in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets questions about shrink film and stretch film. One of the more common questions about these materials that we receive is: "What is the difference between shrink film and stretch film?"   One of these films can be used in a heat tunnel to package products. Doing that with the other could result in a fire. It is important to know the differences between these two materials when trying to source one or the other. In this article, we will explore the differences between both types of film and explain the appropriate applications for each.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Psychology

Top 5 Ways To Ensure An Excellent Unboxing Experience

In our modern world, people are buying products from online retailers more and more every day. This is a trend that is going to skyrocket with each passing day. This means that people aren’t interacting with your company, a salesperson, or your brand like they used to.     Today, the unboxing of a product is often the first experience a consumer will have with your company, brand, and products. If you fail to make an excellent first impression when someone opens your product, you run the risk of losing the customer's future business.    Industrial Packaging has been helping companies properly package their products for multiple decades. During that time, we have watched the evolution of the unboxing experience and we know the importance of this process.   In the article below, we will discuss the top 5 ways to ensure an excellent unboxing experience that will "wow" your customers and help them to fall in love with your brand.

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Equipment  |  Investment

How Much Does An L Bar Sealer Cost? Understanding Price

If you are thinking about adding an L bar sealer to your packaging line, one of the big considerations is price. How much of your budget should you set aside for this machine?      The large variations in price will bring up other questions as well. Should you get a manual or automatic sealer? Should you get an entry-level device or a state-of-the-art professional-grade machine?   As a machinery vendor who has been selling L sealers for many years, we understand the various questions that arise during the buyer's journey for L bar sealers.   In this article, we will take a look at the price differences regarding L sealers. From entry-level machines to fully automatic workhorses. We will thoroughly dissect the most important factors when preparing to buy an L sealer. It should be noted that pricing varies based on the manufacturer.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Applications Is Surlyn Film Good For? Understanding It's Uses

In the wide world of carded packaging, surlyn film is a bit of a rock star. Surlyn film is used primarily in skin packaging applications, which means the film forms around the product and onto a carded substrate such as cardboard or paperboard during the packaging process. It is also used in shrink applications that don't require a backing board. Surlyn seals in products for freshness and eliminates product movement within, often used with trays rather than a backing board for fresh foods, like fish. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling surlyn and skin packaging products for decades. During this time, we learned the best practices for its use in several types of applications. So, what is surlyn film, and how is it used? See where it is an excellent fit for different types of products, from food to car parts, and where it isn't the ideal packaging option. And learn about how to source it for your next packaging project.

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

The Top 4 Reasons You Can Trust A Packaging Distributor

When choosing a vendor for your packaging materials and machinery, you have many options to choose from. From original manufacturers (OEMs) to online storefronts like U-LINE, or buying from a distributor who works with multiple manufacturers. How do you know that you are getting the ideal product and service when it comes down to purchasing? With the various options available to you, who will serve your business best? Cards on the table, Industrial Packaging has been a packaging distributor for decades. However, this doesn't mean we are going to aim for deception. Sometimes a distributor isn't the right fit for your business. While this article will discuss why you can trust a packaging distributor, our goal is to help you determine if a distributor is a good fit for your needs.

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The Top 6 Flexible Packaging Companies In New England

As a well established flexible packaging distributor, Industrial Packaging prides itself on our rich history and decades of expertise. When you are looking for a packaging company to partner with, you want to understand all of your options. While we’d love to be your top choice, we are not the only game in town. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 6 flexible packaging companies in New England, not including Industrial Packaging.   The order of this list does not indicate "best to worst", but rather it is alphabetically highlighting other great flexible packaging companies in New England.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Where To Buy Shrink Wrap Film: Exploring Your Options

When looking for a place to buy shrink wrap film, you may be tempted to go on-line. And while websites like Amazon and Alibaba are common vendors to buy shrink wrap film from, you as a consumer have so many other options!   These on-line vendors are part of a natural way that consumers shop, but understanding all of your options has many benefits. Maybe you need the highest quality shrink wrap film, or the best price, or the most options to choose from. In any of these cases, you're actually better off comparing different vendors to these accessible on-line avenues like Amazon and Alibaba.   As a packaging distributor, Industrial Packaging has some unique capabilities in the packaging industry. That being said, we may or may not be the best choice for your particular shrink film needs. In the article below, we will outline the various options available to you for purchasing shrink film so that you can make an educated buying decision.

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How To Calculate An ROI For Your Packaging Equipment

When calculating the ROI of your packaging equipment, there are various items of importance to look at and understand during the process of generating this information. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have helped thousands of businesses calculate and understand their return on investment. In this article, we will take a look at each element of utilizing an ROI calculation for your packaging equipment.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

Biodegradable Shrink Film VS Plastic Shrink Film: Pros And Cons

Before the arrival of COVID19, a large focus was on reducing plastic products like shopping bags, single-use containers, and packaging films.   Recently however, the EPA has further relaxed environmental protections. In some states, reusable bags and containers have been banned in place of single-use plastic. This is a much different approach than previous environmental trends, which signals a big comeback of single use plastics.   In this article, we will take a look at the pros and cons of biodegradable shrink films and plastic shrink films. As a result, you’ll have a better understanding of each product and be able to make an informed decision about the best packaging product for your needs.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Plant Performance  |  The Business of Packaging

Benefits Of Using A Packaging Distributor, Even If They’re Across The Country

So, you've looked into your local packaging suppliers, and you're unsure if they can support you based on your needs. But you are also worried that working with a distributor across the country will be a headache due to shipping distance and lack of immediate response.   When it comes to choosing a vendor for packaging supplies, distributors are often selected because of their dynamic portfolio of product offerings in the packaging industry and their ability to provide large quantities of supplies. Unlike manufacturers, distributors are not beholden to only one or two brands of materials and machinery. As such, they can help you to choose the machinery and materials that are indeed the best solution for your needs.   And while it is usually advised to choose a distributor local to your geographical location, there are benefits to working with one across North America. While we tout the benefits of local companies a lot, there are some times when you might not want to use one.   In the article below, we will discuss the reasons you may want to work with a distributor across the country, rather than a local supplier.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Shrink Film Is Not Right For Everyone

While shrink film is one of the most common packaging materials in the world, it is not always a good fit for specific products. Trying to force it to work in certain applications can lead to various problems headaches, and sometimes, safety issues.     After decades in the industry, we here at Industrial Packaging know which applications are and are not correct for shrink film. In the article below, we will review several applications where shrink film is NOT a good fit.     Shrink film is one of our highest grossing products, but we’re not trying to sell any of our products to customers who don’t need them. By learning more about the problems with shrink film, or when you shouldn’t use it, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision about what packaging products are right for you.     In the article below, we will review several issues that would make shrink film a bad fit for certain applications.

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Exploring The Different Types Of Frozen Food Packaging

When it comes to frozen food packaging, you need to be sure that safety is your first concern. Besides that, you will have to choose the appropriate materials that can withstand freezing temperatures. Depending on your budget, packaging, and material needs, frozen food packaging is a dynamic process that requires the utmost attention to detail.   We have been providing food packaging for decades here at Industrial Packaging, and we often get questions about the different types of packaging materials for frozen food applications. In this article, we will explore the different kinds of packaging supplies that are best suited for packaging frozen food.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are The Different Types Of Flexible Pouches?

You may be familiar with stand up pouches, but truth be told, they are only one of several different types of flexible pouches. Other examples you might not be as familiar with include gusseted pouches (side gusset and bottom gusset), three side seal pouches, pillow pouches, and so on.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling flexible packaging pouches for many years. We're often asked about what each type has to offer and why to choose one kind of pouch over another. In this article, we will explore the different types of flexible pouches and help you find the right solution for your needs.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is Blister Packaging Made Out Of? Understanding It's Elements

Blister packaging is a unique type of packaging that evokes the idea of a blister. If you have ever had one, you can see the resemblance. It is a flat surface with a bubble protruding from the flat area. Inside the bubble is where the product is contained.   Blister packaging (AKA: blister packs) are a type of carded packaging. Similar in style to skin packs, blister packs are commonly used for packaging a variety of products including, but not limited to fishing lures, tools, and pharmaceuticals.   People often ask us, "what are blister packs made out of"? In this article, we will explore the materials that make up blister packaging, some of the benefits of blister packs, as well as common uses and problems.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  The Business of Packaging

Biopolymers, Biodegradable & Recyclable Materials Are The Future Of Plastic Packaging

When it comes to packaging materials, the shocking truth is that plastics are STILL your most environmentally-friendly choice. Three independent studies, including one from the UK government, confirm this scientific truth. And while flexible packaging materials are your best earth-friendly choice, for the time being, the future holds many surprises and innovations. 

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Types Of Printing Are Used For Flexible Packaging?

Are you running stand-up pouches, films, labels, or another type of flexible packaging? If so, you have more printing options than you might realize. There are various types of printing and curing technology that you can use to add colors, text, and graphics to your compliant packaging supplies.     Here at Industrial Packaging, we often get questions about how to implement printing technologies for flexible packaging supplies. In this article, we will review the different types of printing applications for flexible packaging materials and related substrates.

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Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection

Understanding SIOC, Consumer-Friendly, & Amazon Transparency

In the wide world of packaging, SIOC, consumer-friendly, and Amazon transparency are all different elements of a general paradigm shift in packaging processes. They focus on cost, environmental impact, ease, and simplification of the entire packaging process. But, what are the differences between each of these elements?     At Industrial Packaging, we have been working within the ecosystems of these packaging elements for decade upon decade and take the processes of each very seriously. In this article, we will explore the differences between SIOC, consumer-friendly, and Amazon transparency packaging protocols.     With this information, you will be able to better understand your options and be more well-equipped to make a decision when it comes time to implementing these protocols for your shipping and handling processes.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Elements Do You Need For Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

When it comes to MAP or modified atmosphere packaging, there are some very unique dynamics that you do not find in other types of packaging supplies and processes. These elements include specialized equipment, various gasses and metering tools to ensure the right balance of gas. In the article below, we will teach all of the elements required for producing modified atmosphere packaging for your products.     Over the last 20 years, we’ve worked with many clients to set them up to properly produce MAP. Our goal with this article is to help you understand what you need to produce modified atmosphere packaging on your own.     Required elements for MAP include gas, machinery and testing equipment.

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Environment  |  Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Why Shrink Wrap Single Items Of Produce? Pros and Cons.

Backup a year and the idea of shrink-wrapping single items of produce such as one orange, apple, or squash may seem laughable. Heading into the end of 2019, the environmental movement was on an absolute tear in pushing companies to abandon single-use plastic, soft plastics, and other plastic items such as shrink films.     Fast forward to today, and all that has changed. With the onset of COVID19, reusable bags, cups, containers, and films are fast being abandoned. In their place, single-use plastic alternatives are being used to help combat the spread of the virus.     Discover the pros and cons of using shrink film to wrap individual pieces of produce as a form of protective packaging in the age of the coronavirus.

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Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Technical Service and Support  |  The Business of Packaging

If Shrink Film Pricing Is Universal, How Do I Choose A Vendor?

There is an old saying here at Industrial Packaging and that is "shrink film is shrink film". This means despite marketing gimmicks by any given manufacturer, when all is said and done, shrink film is shrink film. The materials quality and cost is going to be pretty much the same (give or take a bit) across the board.   If this is the case, why should you choose one vendor over another? In the article below, we will discuss the important elements of a materials vendor to consider when choosing a vendor.  

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Environment  |  Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance

Top 5 Reasons To Buy Shrink Film Made In The USA

Perhaps now, more than ever, it is an excellent idea to buy American made shrink film. With the current disruption of the supply chain in China and the lower quality films coming from some European countries, now is the time to buy high quality American made shrink film. It is important to buy high quality shrink film to ensure your line runs efficiently, quickly and without downtime due to issues with lower quality films. Buying shrink film from foreign countries while the supply chain is seeing such disruption can result in weeks of delays in receiving your order.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink film for almost 70 years. During that time we have developed decades of expertise on shrink film formulations and applications. In today's article, we will discuss the top 5 reasons to buy American made shrink film.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is The Best Shrink Film To Wrap Food In?

When using shrink film to wrap food, not all shrink films are created equally. When it comes to the best type of shrink film to cover food in, polyolefin is the clear winner. At Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink films and shrink machinery for a long time. During that time, we have discovered many of the best applications for each type of shrink film. In this article, we will discuss why polyolefin is the best shrink film to wrap food.

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Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is Gamification In Packaging? Examples, Applications And Uses

Have you ever considered that the packaging of your product could create an emotional relationship with your customers? What about helping your customers have fun? Gamification pulls customers into interactive experiences with a product's packaging that often results in a more engaged relationship with a brand and it's products.   But what exactly is gamification? How does it work? What applications does gamification have in the realm of packaging?   In this article we will take a look at some examples of gamification, provide a solid definition of the practice and offer enlightenment on the use of gamification in modern packaging.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

The Top 6 Tamper Evident Packaging Materials: Types, Uses, & Benefits.

If you have products that require protection such as supplements and pharmaceuticals, tamper-evident packaging is a must-have for your business. From induction seals to shrink bands, there are many different types of tamper-evident packaging materials. Working with tamper-evident packaging materials and helping people to choose the right option for their products is a long-running tradition here at Industrial Packaging.   We will take a look at the top six tamper-evident packaging materials and discuss the use, application, and benefits of each. Our goal with this article is to teach you about your options for tamper-evident packaging so that you can choose the right material for your products.  

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are The Benefits Of Using Seal Bands? Applications And Uses

Seal bands (also known as shrink bands) are a type of tamper-evident packaging supply. They are very common packaging materials often found on various items including cough syrup, beverage containers, pill bottles and etc. In the article below, we will take a look at seal bands and their various applications.  

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Technical Service and Support

Top 5 Qualities To Look For In A Packaging Machinery Service Technician

When choosing a service provider for your packaging equipment you will want to be sure that you choose a certified professional with certain qualities. Understanding what to look for in a packaging machinery service technician is an important part of your initial research into choosing a quality professional. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have performed service on packaging machinery for generations. In the article below, we will take a look at the top five qualities to look for when choosing a service and repair technician for your packaging machinery.

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Packaging Materials

The TOP 10 BEST Brands Of Shrink Film

Over the years, we have sold hundreds of thousands of rolls of shrink film here at Industrial Packaging. We have a great understanding of this material and have guided countless customers in finding the right shrink film for their needs. In the article below, we will identify the top 10 BEST brands of shrink film currently available. The films are ranked 1-10 with number one being the best.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What's The Purpose Of Perforated Shrink Film? Understanding Applications

In the wide world of flexible packaging, shrink film is perhaps one of the most common materials found on packaging lines throughout the globe. And while there are many different types of shrink film available, perforated films are one of the more curious forms of this soft plastic substrate.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling perforated shrink films for generations. One of the questions that we’ve been asked is: what exactly is the purpose of perforated shrink film? In addition to the prevention of ballooning, there are various benefits to perforated shrink film for specific applications. Today, we will take look at perforated shrink films and what they have to offer the modern packaging line.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance

Is There An Expiration Date On Shrink And Stretch Films?

The short answer to this question is "yes there is". Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink and stretch films for decades. While there are a ton of benefits to packaging your products in shrink and stretch film, this packaging doesn’t have an unlimited shelf life.   Unfortunately, we have had customers experience premature expiration and expired shrink and stretch film. Our goal in this article is to inform companies that purchase these products on the expiration date of shrink and stretch films as well as other issues that can cause your film to expire sooner. You’ll also find advice on how to prevent said premature expiration.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Pros And Cons Of Buying Packaging Materials And Machinery From The Same Company

In 2020, there are countless vendors from which you can order packaging machinery. Likewise, there are thousands of options for purchasing materials. When buying materials and machinery, you may ask yourself; why not buy both from the same company? What are the pros and cons of doing this?   Here at Industrial Packaging we have been selling packaging machinery and materials for many years. During that time we have learned a lot about the benefits of buying materials and machinery from the same vendor. We value our customers and only want them buying the materials and machinery that’s best suited for them. And in some situations that means our customers don’t buy everything from us, and that’s OK.   In this article, we will review the pros and cons of buying your packaging machinery and materials from the same company.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is The Price Of Shrink Wrap Film? Understanding Cost

Have you ever wondered how much a roll of shrink wrap film costs? When pricing shrink wrap film, there are many dynamics which affect the cost of the film. The price of a roll of shrink wrap film is calculated based upon the width, length, gauge, and type of shrink wrap film you want to employ.   Generally speaking, a (centerfold) roll of clear shrink wrap film costs (on average) between $100-$150. You can review this example to better understand how to calculate the cost of shrink wrap: 12” CF x 45 ga. X $8.50 PIW = $102.00.   CF = Centerfold. GA = Gauge. PIW = Per inch of width. The thicker the gauge, the higher the price per roll.   Also, while this equation does not include these items, it is important to know the following terms:   SW = Single wound. DL = Double length rolls.   While it may seem slightly complicated, pricing shrink film to fit your exact needs is a case sensitive endeavor. The price you pay for a roll of film changes based on the dynamics mentioned above. In this article, we will discuss the various elements of pricing shrink wrap film and help you to choose the right option for your products.

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Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Top 5 Quality Issues With Shrink Film

If you are running shrink film on your packaging line, chances are you have run into performance issues at some point or another. Dog ears, poor seals and other annoyances can pop up based on various factors. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling and working with shrink film for almost 70 years. During that time, we have run into every potential issue that the material has to offer. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 quality issues with shrink film and provide advice on how to avoid or negate them.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology

Can You Use A Hair Dryer To Shrink Plastic Film?

The short answer to this question is yes. Technically, the heat produced by most hair dryers can shrink plastic film. Specifically, polyvinyl chloride or polyolefin. Now, is it a good idea? That is a whole other can of worms. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been helping people shrink plastic film for over 65 years.   In the article below, we will dig deeper into one of the stranger questions we have received in regards to shrink film and discuss more appropriate ways to accomplish the same goal.

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What Is Protective Packaging? Definition, Types, And Uses

At Industrial Packaging we have been offering protective packaging supplies for close to 70 years. Now, while you have probably heard the term "protective packaging" before, you may be wondering, what exactly is it? In the article below, we will define and explore protective packaging materials and the various applications of which are most common for this type of packaging supply.

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The Top 5 Problems With Stretch Film

Does your company need to hold boxes and products together on a pallet for transportation? If so you’ve probably looked into and evaluated your options, starting with stretch film. It’s the most common product to hold objects together and protect them during transport and storage.    At Industrial Packaging we sell stretch film on a daily basis and believe in the many benefits of packaging your products with stretch film. That’s not to say that it’s a packaging solution without problems.    When using stretch film to properly contain your products, there are various issues that can arise from human error, improper settings on your machinery, and various other sources of trouble.    In the article below, we will explore the top 5 most common problems with using stretch film and offer advice on how to negate and avoid them.

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Flexible Packaging VS Glass Packaging: Pros And Cons

When you are searching for a material to package your products in, there are countless options available. Today, both flexible packaging supplies like stand up pouches and traditional materials like glass are very popular. When choosing between flexible packaging (plastic) and glass, there are various pros and cons to each.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling flexible packaging supplies for over 60 years. We know exactly which applications are right for flexible packaging supplies and are honest about those which are not. When it comes down to it, there are certain applications that are best for plastics and those which are better suited for glass. We will be comparing variations of each material, looking at the pros and cons. This article should provide insight into which option is the right choice for your packaging needs.

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Why Use Stand Up Pouches For Industrial Hemp Packaging?

Thanks to the 2018 farm bill signed by President Donald Trump, CBD rich industrial hemp is federally legal in all 50 states. As an agricultural crop, it has many potential uses from medicinal products to hemp-based paint, concrete, fiberboard, bio-fuels, bio-plastics, rope, and so many other applications.   When it comes to packaging for whole flower hemp, stand up pouches have become the go-to choice for many industrial hemp farms and vendors. As a packaging distributor with over 67 years in the business, we here at Industrial Packaging are not surprised to see stand up pouches as a go-to choice for packaging hemp. Why are stand up pouches so prevalent for packaging industrial hemp flowers? In the article below, we will delve into the multi-billion dollar phenomenon of industrial hemp and explore why stand up pouches are so poplar for packaging this plant. 

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Is Flexible Packaging An Environmentally Friendly Choice? An Honest Assessment

Now that we have reached the future and are currently living in 2020, (What a time to be alive) environmental friendliness, sustainability and recycling are going to be a major focal point for brands and consumers alike.   You’ve heard about the damage that plastics are causing in our oceans, but that’s not the full truth. Here at Industrial Packaging, we specialize in flexible packaging so we wanted to look at the facts to dispel a common myth.    When it comes to packaging materials, flexible packaging supplies such as shrink film and stand up pouches are currently the most environmentally friendly materials for packaging your products. This, however, isn’t the long-term solution. We will go into more detail on that later.   Yes, flexible packaging items are made of soft plastics. However, contrary to modern preconceptions and emotional reactions to this substrate, science proves that they are STILL the most environmentally friendly choice for packaging. This article will help to inform you of your packaging options and their impact on the environment

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How Much Does A Roll Of Printed Shrink Film Cost? Understanding Pricing

Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink film for over 60 years. When it comes to answering the question "How much does a roll of printed shrink film cost?" We can honestly say... It depends! The total purchase price of a roll of printed shrink film can be affected by the length, gauge, size, colors of ink used and brand of film chosen. In the article below, we will take a look at the various elements that play into the total cost of a roll of printed shrink film and guide you to choosing the right film for your packaging machinery.

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What Is Interactive Packaging?

When packaging invites you to interact with it, causing you to engage in activities like coloring, crushing, folding, listening, playing, reading, and etc., it pulls you into the brand and allows you to connect with the product in a way that traditional packaging supplies do not. These are the goals of interactive packaging. But what exactly is interactive packaging and how does it work? What are some examples of successful interactive packaging in the real world? In this post we will take a look at some excellent examples of interactive packaging and explore the hows and whys of this style of packaging.

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How A Distributor Works With A Packaging Integrator On An Automated Packaging Line

Building a robust, efficient and quality packaging line is no easy feat. While some companies attempt to accomplish this goal themselves, oftentimes, it makes more sense to outsource the process. When working to implement the creation of an automated packaging line it is often a good idea to recruit both a packaging distributor and integrator to ensure the proper implementation of machinery, robotics, physical layout, energy consumption and the other related dynamics of this endeavor. In the article below, we will explore the role of the packaging distributor in the implementation/creation of an automated packaging line.

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What Is Digital Packaging?

The future is here. Everyday, millions of people walk around with high powered tiny computers with glowing LCD screens in their pockets. We use these devices to catch a ride, buy food, prepay for movie tickets, find deals on everything under the sun and learn new things about our world. As this technology continues to evolve, we will see more and more packaging that we can interact with digitally. And while digital packaging is still a relatively new phenomenon, it will soon be prevalent everywhere. What is digital packaging exactly? Join me in the article below and we will explore this new exciting chapter in the history of the packaging industry.

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How Much Does A Shrink Tunnel Cost?

For many companies, the shrink tunnel is a staple of their packaging line. From unitizing multi-packs and reducing one's carbon footprint, shrink tunnels and shrink film are an excellent choice for packaging many items. But how much does a shrink tunnel actually cost? Is there a way to find this information without digging through websites or bringing a sales professional into a meeting? In the article below, we will provide pricing for two shrink tunnels and the associated options in order to help you simplify the process of getting pricing for this type of equipment.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design

Food Packaging Update: Understanding The New FDA Food Labeling Guidelines

Back in 2016, the FDA released a new set of requirements for nutrition and ingredient labeling for food products in the USA. Companies manufacturing food products that make $10 million or more in annual sales are required to have the new labeling in place no later than January 1, 2020. Companies that manufacture food products that are making less than $10 million dollars per year are to meet the same requirement by January 1, 2021.   So what has changed in food labeling per the FDA? How do these changes effect companies and consumers? In the article below, we will review the changes to the classic nutritional labeling we have all come to recognize over the years and ponder what these changes mean.

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How To Run Registered Printed Shrink Film

Running registered printed shrink film isn’t as easy as putting the roll of film on your machine and pressing a button. There are many factors to consider. Package appearance, speed, the layout of artwork and graphic design elements, the capabilities of the machines you are running, the specific colors, and air evacuation are all important aspects that demand your attention. In the article below, we will explore the dynamics of running printed shrink film and we will help you to better understand the various elements of the process.

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How Much Does A Stretch Wrapper Cost?

Stretch wrappers (AKA pallet wrappers) are extremely common packaging machines found throughout millions of companies. They are used to properly package pallets of products for shipping around the globe. Through the proper load containment and the utilization of the correct type of stretch wrap, a good stretch wrapper can maximize the speed of your packaging line, save you money, improve the safety of your packaging and streamline the process of speed to market for your products.   But how much does a stretch wrapper cost? In the article below, we will look at two different models made for different applications and answer this question in easily digestible terms.

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The Top 3 Concerns Of E-commerce Packaging In 2020

Packaging for e-commerce is nothing new. However, there are some significant changes coming down the line for e-com packaging materials, protocols and related dynamics. As we head into 2020, any and all companies doing e-com business must be aware of the demands of the consumer.   But what changes are ahead for e-com packaging? How is the circular economy effecting e-com packaging materials and processes? What are consumers expecting from the unboxing experience? How are environmental concerns shaping the realm of e-com packaging? In the article below we will take a look at the top 3 concerns of e-com packaging in 2020 and how this dynamic is changing as we move into the new year.

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When Less Is More: Minimalist Packaging

While many companies attempt to procure packaging that screams "attention here" as they grasp at the peripheral vision of consumers with loud colors and bold typography, there is a growing trend of the opposite approach that will rise to prominence in 2020.   Minimalist packaging is at once simple and elegant. In direct opposition to several other popular packaging trends coming to the forefront of the industry as we flow into the new year, minimalism strikes a balance between environmental concerns and the chic aesthetic of overt simplicity. In the article below, we will explore the appeal of "less" in modern packaging supplies.

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Vintage Packaging: Unboxing Nostalgia

One of the hot trends in the realm of packaging which will continue rising in popularity throughout the coming year is vintage packaging. Hearkening back to the bygone days of old, vintage packaging supplies tug at the heartstrings of millions of people, often regardless of age. What exactly is driving this trend? Why is it that as we literally head into the future that vintage packaging is making such a stir? In the article below, we will delve into the curious rise of vintage style as we dive headfirst into 2020.

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The Top 5 Reasons Industrial Packaging Is A Great Place To Work

I started working at Industrial Packaging over 23 years ago, and it has always been such a great place to work! When my career began here, I just had my first child and wanted to work closer to home.  I remember going to my first interview and thinking afterwards, “That had to be my worst interview that I have ever done”. Somehow, I got called back for a second interview and soon after got the job. The workplace vibe was very comfortable, relaxing, and everyone was so friendly. 

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Industrial Packaging: Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

Here at Industrial Packaging, we pride ourselves on many things, but "greatness" is perhaps one of the most important. Taking a back seat only to safety, greatness is a word that embodies everything we do. We try to invoke greatness in customer service, sales, marketing, community service, charity, education and environmental pursuits. In the article below, we will explore our most read blog posts of 2019. Those blog posts which embody... Greatness.

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The Top 5 Packaging Trends For 2020

Every year, the packaging industry produces some unique trends. Consumer buying habits change with time and in 2020 we expect to see some new things come to fruition. From sustainability and environmentally friendly packaging to "smart packaging" and beyond, the future is here. In the article below, we will take a look at the top 5 packaging trends for 2020 and muse about the dynamics of each.

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Packaging Costs: Large VS Small Productions

When it comes to the cost associated with your packaging line, many dynamics hinge upon the size of your production. Depending on how many products you run a day, what (if any) machinery you are utilizing and the number of employees you have, costs vary greatly from one type of production to the next. In the article below, we will take a look at the differences between large and small productions and the costs associated with each.

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Biopolymers, Shrink Film And The Environmental Concerns Of The Future

As we have discussed here in the past, shrink film is currently one of the most environmentally friendly packaging supplies in the world. And while many people seem to be turning away from plastics due to their environmental concerns, the science of the situation regarding plastic often does not align with peoples emotions towards the material.   Despite the fact that plastics generally have the lowest carbon footprint of any packaging supply, companies around the globe are slowly opting to turn away from plastics to heavier materials like glass, metal and cardboard. However, all of these materials have significantly higher carbon footprints than plastic. In this article we will discuss traditional shrink films as well as their new bio-based versions and alternatives and why they are the better choice when considering sustainability and environmental impact.

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Temperature Restrictions On Shrink Film

When it comes shrink film, temperature restrictions in extreme conditions is an important dynamic to consider. From the temperature that you run your products through the heat tunnel, to atmospheric conditions for your transportation vehicles, temperature matters. In the article below we will explore the role of temperature in relation to shrink film and how it reacts to packaging machinery.

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Light Gauge Printed Shrink Film

Printed shrink film is fast becoming a popular marketing material. With eye-catching full color graphics, strength, tight shrink and use in packaging applications negating the need for labels, it is becoming a common material on packaging lines across the globe. While there are various benefits to this particular substrate, there is another often less known type of printed shrink available today. Light gauge printed shrink film with thickness as low as 30 gauge has all the benefits of printed shrink, but with a lower gauge and price tag. Why choose printed shrink film? In the article below we will delve into this fantastic material and its many benefits.

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Plant Performance  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

Best Practices When Moving Your Packaging Line From One Location To Another

When your business expands or is required to move its physical location from one geographical area to another, it is no little task. This is especially true when moving your packaging department. Managing the breakdown, transportation and install of packaging machinery can be a complicated task. Below we will review a set of best practices for moving your packaging line that will result in a smooth transition from one location to the next.

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How To Recycle Shrink Film

There is perhaps no other word that invokes the concept of "cringe-worthy" for the environmentally concerned citizen than "plastic". Plastics have become an epidemic to the sea, often collecting in literal islands of trash in our oceans sometimes stretching far as the eye can see. When it comes to shrink film these concerns are no different but are they truly warranted? Below we will take look at the environmental benefits of packaging plastics and explore their potential in recycling.

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Which Type of Flexible Film is Right for My Product?

Flexible film is essential for any company that needs to package consumer and institutional products, especially for industrial applications. Exceptional flexibility is key to protect, market, and distribute a vast array of products without damage.   From ensuring food safety and extending shelf life, to providing even heating, barrier protection, ease of use, resealability, and superb printability, the packaging industry continues to advance with flexible packaging offerings at an unprecedented rate.  

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Exploring The Different Types Of Stretch Film

Stretch wrapping is one of the most common tools for unitizing products for transport. However, just because a pallet is wrapped and looks good to the naked eye, does not mean it is wrapped well, efficiently or most importantly... SAFELY. When the proper stretch wrapping is negated, problems can arise during shipping. Depending on the severity of the problem, your business may end up with a bruised reputation and potential safety failures.   Below, we will explore the various types of stretch film so that you can make an educated decision on which is best for your particular applications and needs.

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Stretch Wrapping Machinery

Stretch wrap is one of the most commonly used packaging materials across the globe. Hundreds of thousands of companies stretch wrap millions of pallets of product every day. While many companies rely on physical labor from human employees, shrink wrapping machines are a staple in high production packaging lines and even smaller companies who want the cost savings and related benefits of using a stretch wrapper.   That being said, what are the benefits of using a stretch wrapper? Who is a good fit for a stretch wrapping machine? Which type of machine is best for your company? Follow me into the article below and we will stretch your knowledge to its maximum capacity.

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The 7 Most Common Questions About Shrink Film

When it comes to shrink film, we get a lot of questions from prospects, clients and curious production managers. While there is a sea of questions flowing from the world to our doorstep, we get several of them over and over and over and... well, you get the point! In this article we are going to answer the seven most common questions about shrink film.

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Shrink Film Sizing: Understanding Gauge And Film Width

When searching for materials for your shrink wrapping machinery, choosing the right gauge and width of film can be challenging at times. You may find yourself thinking about the specifications of film you should utilize.

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Make The Most Of Your Old Packaging Equipment

Companies who have been in business for decades often find themselves as the owners of outdated and borderline dysfunctional packaging equipment. These older machines are less efficient and often produce more problems than they do quality packaged products. When your machines begin to age, what should you do with them? Should you just replace them or consider refurbishing? What are the problems associated with old machinery and what can you do about them? In the article below we will discuss these topics at length.

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Top 10 Packaging Line KPIs

When building a new packaging line or updating a line that has been packaging products for decades, measuring KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) is an extremely important exercise. In the article below, we will take a look at the top 10 KPIs to track and discuss those which we deem most important for your packaging line.

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Hiring Versus Contracting Technical Service

Sooo... You have just purchased a brand new collection of packaging machinery and you are ready to get your line pumping out products at top speed and high efficiency. But wait, did you remember to acquire some form of preventative maintenance or at least find a vendor for packaging machinery repair? If not, who should you choose?   Should you hire a full time maintenance technician or contract a 3rd party? Which is a better choice for your business? What are the related costs? In today's article we will reveal the answers to these questions and provide expert advice on packaging machinery service and repair options.

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The Pros And Cons Of Printed Shrink Film

You may be familiar with shrink film, but are you familiar with printed shrink film? While shrink film is a great material to package your products with, adding print directly to your packaging film takes things to the next level!   What are the differences between printed and non-printed shrink film? What are the pros, cons and applications that printed shrink film can best be used for? Is it a good fit for your packaging line and your products? Let's figure this out together.

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Packaging Machinery Buyer’s Guide: Packaging Material Considerations

Materials have an important role in the proper functionality and efficiency of your equipment. Choosing the right materials for your packaging machinery involves several dynamics and research into each of them.   From shrink film gauges to temperature restrictions and stretch percentages, material choice is an important dynamic of packaging machinery purchasing. Which materials are right for your application? How can you be sure you are running the right substrate? In the article below, we will explore the close relationship of materials and machinery on your packaging line.

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Used Versus Refurbished

Whether you are buying your very first packaging machine or getting ready to replace an old piece of equipment, opting for a used or refurbished machine can save you big bucks. That is, if done correctly. When deciding on purchasing a new machine versus a refurbished one, what questions should you ask yourself? What are the pros and cons of each option? Who should you buy used or refurbished machinery from? These are only a few of the important questions we will be reviewing below.

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Recycled Shrink Film: Is It Viable For All Products Yet?

As concerns about plastic and its negative effects on the environment meet a fever pitch, companies all over the world are looking for sustainable and earth-friendly alternatives. As the great pacific garbage patch continues to grow, now more than ever, interest in bio-polymers and products made from recycled plastics are on the rise.   But, are they really viable options yet? In the article below, we will look at the technology behind recycled shrink films while asking the tough questions about their viability as a packaging material in 2019 and beyond.

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Shrink And Stretch Film Versus Corrugated Boxes

When choosing a material to package your products for shipping, there are many options. While corrugated boxes remain a popular choice, those in the know are forgoing this antiquated method for the less costly options of shrink and/or stretch films.   With a significantly lower carbon footprint, these films also result in less of an environmental impact. So what does shrink and stretch film have to offer that corrugated boxes do not? What benefits do stretch and shrink wrap have to offer in regards to sustainability? I invite you to discover the answers to these questions and more, in the article below...

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Luxury Packaging: Unboxing Environmental Concerns

Luxury packaging is a specialized market within the packaging industry. While it is only a small part compared to the industry as a whole, its environmental impact is heavy. The luxury packaging market has proven to be a highly profitable niche market within the world of packaging,  however, at what cost to our planet earth? What exactly is luxury packaging, and who is the target demographic for it? 

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Why Preventative Maintenance is Important for Packaging Line Machinery

Your packaging line is one of the most important parts of your production line. This is where you protect your product and where the visual display for your product line in the market place comes to life. The packaging machines that comprise your line need to be kept in good repair if you want to have a successful production.   Having a plan for regular preventive maintenance (PM) should be a requirement in your plan for many reasons. Here are a few of the top reasons that preventative maintenance (PM) is important for your packaging machinery:

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Safety 101

When thinking about purchasing a new piece of packaging equipment, it is important to start with safety first. Packaging machinery is heavy duty professional equipment. As such, ensuring that your employees are well trained on the machinery starts with a solid understanding of how to run the equipment safely. But when it comes to safety in regards to packaging machinery, where do you start? 

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How To Choose The Right Packaging For Your Product

When it comes to choosing the right packaging material for your product, you can’t go wrong by paying close attention to the details. After all, packaging may just be one of the biggest factors in making your product a success.   The right packaging not only attracts consumers, it will keep your product safe in transportation and keep it fresh. This reinforces the quality of the brand and item when customers know they can count on a fresh item from when it hits the shelf to when it’s in their hand.  

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Working With A Distributor VS. Buying Direct

When you are planning on buying new machinery for your packaging line, there are several questions you should ask yourself. Where should you consider buying from? Is buying from a distributor or the manufacturer of the machinery a better choice? What are the differences between the two options? Which is the right choice for your business? Read on to find out!

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

Why It Pays to Use Sustainable Packaging Materials

Sustainability is no longer the future for packaging. It's officially the present state and the foreseeable future in package design and corporate responsibility. Sustainable packaging is not only a better option for the environment, but a great investment; especially for brands that are actively pursuing a positive image in the eyes of the consumer.   The main impediment to its speed to growth in the packaging market has been the higher cost that comes along with it, but that's changing.  Deciding how to design for sustainability may seem difficult and costly, but it is a worthwhile endeavor that will not only become mandatory in the next decade, but also provide major benefits to brands that adopt it in some form, sooner rather than later.

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Package Theft In The Age Of Amazon

In the age of Amazon, we are seeing more packages being delivered than ever before. With a few clicks of the mouse or a few taps on your phone you can get pretty much anything you want delivered to your door. However, an unfortunate byproduct of these modern times and innovations is package theft. There is an ever growing epidemic of packages being stolen from people's doorsteps as packages are often left unattended. How can we stop this trend? Read on to learn how one engineer from NASA took justice into his own hands.

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Common Shrink Wrap Problems and How To Solve Them

Shrink wrapping is an easy process that only requires two things: the right kind of plastic wrap and heat. With just a roll of shrink wrap and a heating source, you can waterproof, weatherproof and tamper proof just about anything you have. Since there is no restriction on size to shrink wrap items, you have a way to protect even your bulkiest of items. But even this great packaging solution has a few potential hiccups.

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Shrink Wrap: The Differences Between PVC, Polyolefin, And Polyethylene

The three main wraps used in shrink packaging material for protecting and securing products for the retail and shipping environments are polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), and polyolefin (POF). Each have different capabilities and characteristics that make them suitable for specific applications.   What are the main differences between these types of shrink wrap? Which is the best choice for your packaging needs? Read on to find out!

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Questions For Buying Packaging Machinery Or Materials

When you are in a position to consider buying packaging machinery and related materials, there are questions that you should ask yourself and your team before making a capital investment. Packaging machinery and materials are not a "one size fits all". By asking the questions below, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to make an educated decision.

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What Is Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (or MAP) is the manipulation of the atmosphere inside of a packaged food (IE: beef, pork, chicken, fish). The goal of the process being to increase the shelf life of the product contained within. MAP improves the shelf life and freshness of many foods. These include cheese, meats, fish and other perishable food items. These foods are commonly packaged with oxygen, which is removed via MAP.   What other benefits does MAP offer to the discerning consumer? What are the pros and cons? Read on to find out!

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Collaborative Robots Update: What Role Do Robots Play In Production?

Collaborative robots can do many things — from autonomous robots that can work together with human beings in an office space, to industrial co-bots having protective guards in place. Industrial co-bots are very complicated machines that will work with human beings to improve processes and streamline production. These co-bots support a human operator in a conjoined working environment.   What are these 'co-bots'  and what can they do for your packaging line?  Furthermore, where are they heading in the future?  Find out here:

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How To Reduce Costs With Shrink Wrap Packaging & Machines

Companies are always looking for ways to save money and reduce costs. Often times the dynamics of your packaging line go ignored. You may be wondering, how can you reduce costs in regards to your company's packaging dynamics and what if any, are the true benefits of such an endeavor?

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Carded Packaging: The Difference Between Blister, Skin And Clamshell Packaging

Carded packaging is a type of packaging which includes three subcategories. Skin, blister, and clamshell packaging supplies are widely used across the world, but what are differences between these three items?   From fishing supplies to hardware, from pharmaceuticals to arts and crafts, the applications for these packaging types are virtually endless, but each of them has their own subtle differences and uses.

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Everything You Need To Know About Augmented Reality

In the entertainment world, virtual reality is very popular. When it comes to business, augmented reality is where it’s at. AR allows people to interact with digital media in real time without having to wear a headset. It has many potential applications in marketing, advertising, education, and engineering.

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Industrial Packaging Industry Forecasts: The 82 Billion Dollar Industry

With demand for industrial packaging supplies steadily growing year after year by 2.9%, we expect the industry to be around $980 billion by 2022. What dynamics have lead to this growth you may ask?

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How Thermal Technology Is Changing Label Making

Thermal printing applications span a wide range of opportunities for companies looking to improve their packaging supplies. Thermal printers are an excellent choice for their portability, speed, and capabilities to create high quality, vibrant labels that are both sturdy and visually appealing.   These modern thermal printers can produce color labels and flexible packaging, without ink, toner or ribbons. How is this possible, you may wonder?  

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Tamper Evident Packaging and How it Can Benefit Your Business

Tamper-evident packaging (TEP) provides many benefits to brands and businesses in any industry, the most evident being security. If you are in pharmaceuticals, tamper-evident packaging is a requirement, in others it provides security throughout the supply chain and purchase by the consumer.   It's important to understand what TEP is, how it can benefit your business and the differences between tamper-evident and tamper-resistant packaging (TRP).  With tamper-evidence, its also important to think of the consumer when selecting your packaging materials for product security.

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A Deep Dive Into Tamper Evident Packaging

Tamper evident packaging is a stalwart of safety and awareness in the packaging industry. Not only does tamper evident packaging feature strong materials that keep the products inside safe, they also alert consumers to the reality of contamination or foul play.    Before we get started though, what exactly is tamper evident Packaging? Here is the definition from the Food and Drug Administration:  

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Staying In The LOOP: Is Reusable Packaging A Revolution Or Regression?

Back in February, the packaging world collectively turned its head towards the announcement of LOOP, a revolutionary and potentially disruptive paradigm shift in the way major brands provide high-quality packaging while simultaneously putting recycling and waste reduction front and center.     What is LOOP exactly?   Loop is essentially a new approach to the by-gone days of the milkman’s business model. From LOOP’s website:   “Loop is a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs. Not so long ago, the milkman delivered reusable bottles and later picked them up to be refilled. Loop is the milkman reimagined - honoring our past from a modern perspective.”   In place of the milkman, you will find your local UPS delivery driver dropping off products from various companies (including but not limited to Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Mars Petcare, etc.) and then returning to pick up your used packaging and sending it back to LOOP where it will be cleaned, refilled and resold once again.

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What Does Your Package Color Mean To Consumers?

Color psychology plays a big role in advertising and retail sales. Package color has a notable effect on consumers and can turn them on to your product or chase them away. Depending on the demographics of your target market, the colors you choose to employ on you packaging can make or break the success of a product.   While color psychology is not exactly magic, it can have an almost metaphysical effect on your customer base. Choosing the right colors to invoke the right emotions is a tightrope act that when done correctly, can produce amazing results. But which colors are right for your packaging? 

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Zero Waste Packaging Is on the Rise

Given the entire purpose of packaging, the idea of “zero waste” may seem counter-intuitive. How can you package anything without inevitably causing some leftover waste?   Turns out, zero waste packaging is being hotly discussed in the manufacturing space, with many companies committing to reducing or eliminating waste — and many consumers actively seeking these options.   To break it down, zero waste packaging takes things one step further than sustainable packaging.   If this is new to you, read on to learn all about this trend, what it involves, and how it could affect your operations.  

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Why Stand Up Pouches Are a Fast-Growing Segment

Packaging trends pop up pretty quickly, and even when you have your finger on the pulse of the industry, there are always innovative new ways to present your items that you may not have considered.   One of the most convenient, flexible, and trending new options are stand up pouches. They’ve been around for decades, but with the public’s growing interest in efficiency and waste reduction, they’re rapidly growing in popularity.   Basically, stand up pouches are soft sided containers that stand up on their own, unsupported. They usually have a resealable zipper, track, and/or spout, and can carry solid, liquid, or powdered items.

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How Palletizing With Proper Load Containment Reduces Stretch Film Usage

Minimizing excess stretch film usage is important for reducing waste, saving money, and keeping your operation as efficient as possible. While stretch film is an invaluable product, the less you use while properly securing your loads, the better for your bottom line.   Load containment is one of the most important factors in this process. The term refers to the different forces that work in unison to hold your pallets together.   Proper load containment secures your product so it can travel and arrive intact. Here’s everything you need to know about making load containment your secret weapon:  

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Troubleshooting Shrink Wrap And Equipment

Whether you’re in food service or consumer packaged goods, shrink wrap is an amazing tool. It’s customizable, efficient, and protects your products as they travel. It’s been an incredibly useful development in the manufacturing space.   But if your shrink wrap system isn’t working to its full potential, you could be wasting money, time, and manpower. Issues with shrink wrap could even damage your reputation with customers.   Common shrink wrap issues tend to fall back on three issues: temperature, time, and pressure. Read on to assess your shrink wrap status and troubleshoot any common shrink wrap problems you may have with your equipment or line.  

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Packaging Trend: Opaque Packaging Films for E-Commerce

One of the hottest new trends to hit the packaging world is the introduction of opaque packaging films, particularly for e-commerce businesses that ship a diverse array of items to consumers all over the world.   Opaque packaging films are new films that eliminate the need for traditional corrugated boxes and fillers. With this innovation, the machinery wraps items as they are, cutting out bulky packages. And because the film is opaque, what’s inside remains private.   This new type of film cuts down on waste, reduces costs, maintains privacy, takes up less space, improves overall efficiency, and upgrades the consumer experience.  

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Smart Packaging: Printable Electronics & Smart Sensors Changing The Packaging World

In an increasingly connected world, there are few areas that the internet hasn’t gotten its megabytes into.   The rise of data sharing is only on track to continue, with the Internet of Things (IoT) growing in scope and significance.   In keeping with this rising trend, smart packaging (also known as intelligent packaging) is becoming the new standard in the manufacturing space.   Think of it as an upgrade — like watches and televisions, adding “smart” elements to packaging can vastly improve the consumer’s (and manufacturer’s) experience, with infinite opportunities to take advantage of the technology.   Read on to learn all about the possibilities of smart packaging, and how it’s being utilized by manufacturers.  

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Packaging Film Tests - The Simple Process That Can Save You Thousands

In order to maintain optimal functionality, everything with moving parts needs an adjustment from time to time – be it cars, computers or packaging machinery.   Chances are, your company’s equipment could use a few tweaks – and even minor changes in your packaging process could add up to big savings. Sometimes, that could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars.   There are expert teams dedicated to audits that help customers optimize settings, materials, and processes used on their production lines. A simple packaging film audit could be the edge you need to boost your bottom line.  

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The IoT and Packaging - What's Trending and a Predictive Look Forward

You’ve probably heard the term Internet of Things (IoT), but what does this ubiquitous industry buzzword refer to, exactly?   The IoT is the interconnectedness of everyday objects and machinery to the internet through computerization (microchips, sensors, etc.), enabling inanimate items to exchange data and communicate with other connected objects.   Industry insiders are predicting that the IoT could change manufacturing as we know it by tracking and measuring every previously unquantified element of operations.   Read on for everything you need to know about the IoT and packaging, including what’s trending now, how companies are innovating, and a predictive look forward.  

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6 Innovative Ways to Reuse Packaging from the Holidays

Here’s a startling fact: Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of year, accumulating an extra 25 million tons of garbage. Just think about the damage that amount of waste can do to our environment. At Industrial Packaging, we continuously strive to educate folks about simple ways to be more conscious of (and committed to) sustainability. That’s why we’re sharing these fun, innovative and useful ways to reuse the packaging you have leftover from the holidays, as well as some creative ideas for companies that package products for consumers.

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3 Reasons Companies Should Help to Reduce Packaging Waste

There’s no escaping the images and videos depicting plastic bottles and waste floating along nature’s waterways and oceans, nor the devastating predictions about pollution’s increasing impact on the demise of our environment. As inhabitants of this great planet, we play a monumental role in effecting positive environmental change. We have a responsibility to ourselves (and humanity at large) to adopt effective ways of reducing waste and caring for Mother Earth. So, too, do the companies and large corporations developing, manufacturing, packaging and transporting the goods and materials that leave an ecological footprint.

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Warehouse Robotics: Are Robots the Future of Food Applications?

In the 1960s, when The Jetsons made its cartoon debut, robots were a thing of the future. The idea that automation could permeate so much of our everyday lives seemed far-fetched and out of reach. Today, robotics are an ever-present reality. Advanced technology has given rise to equipment and processes that have transformed nearly every industry, and the food and beverage sector is no exception. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand how warehouse robotics could have a major impact on your own operations, machinery and setup.

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3 Ways Flexible Packaging is Shifting in 2019

The flexible packaging movement is proving to be a highly fluid one, and the new year is poised to bring about a distinct, industry-wide transformation. Flexible packaging trends seem to be bending toward the consumer in 2019, with a major focus on the areas of sustainability, convenience and e-commerce. As brands remain hyper-focused on consumer preferences, packaging technology and standards are moving in the same direction. Discover what changes are in store for the new year, and find out how these shifts can impact your own brand.

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How Online Retailers Benefit From Flexible Packaging

The world of product packaging is transforming, and it’s important for online retailers to stay current in this area if they’re looking to achieve continuous business success. Flexible packaging is not a casual buzzword or a passing trend, but rather an increasingly popular means of deriving greater value and benefit from the product packaging process.

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A Predictive Look Ahead: 2019 Product Packaging Trends

Another year has come and gone. As you reflect on what you’ve learned over the past 12 months and how you can improve your brand efforts in 2019, it’s important to keep a close eye on product packaging trends.

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Flexible Packaging For Manufacturers: What You Need to Know

Flexible film is essential for any company that needs to package consumer and institutional products, especially for industrial applications. Exceptional flexibility is key to protect, market, and distribute a vast array of products without damage.   From ensuring food safety and extending shelf life, to providing even heating, barrier protection, ease of use, resealability, and superb printability, the packaging industry continues to advance with flexible packaging offerings at an unprecedented rate.   The benefits of flexible packaging cannot be overstated. Lightweight and easy to open, carry, store, and re-seal, flexible packaging extends the shelf life of many products, especially food, and has a positive sustainability profile.

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The Biggest Packaging Trends For The 2018 Holiday Season

In what seems like the blink of an eye, the holidays are upon us. Every year, we get to witness a variety of holiday packaging trends developed and followed by companies across their industries. From new colors and textures to packaging innovations, there are usually exciting (and sometimes strange!) ideas added to the mix. We’ve even experienced a fair share of controversial holiday packaging concepts. As far as we’ve seen, 2018 will be no different.

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E-Commerce Packaging Considerations for 2019

2019 is fast approaching, which means it’s a good time to think about the state of the e-commerce packaging industry. By understanding where it’s headed and what trends are on the horizon, you’re in a better position to ensure that your business stays current and competitive.

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8 Undeniable Reasons Why You Should Consider Flexible Packaging

If you haven’t switched over to flexible packaging yet (or you aren’t at least considering it), it’s time to stop and think about why. Flexible packaging has been at the forefront of packaging innovation for decades, and its popularity continues to explode across a myriad of product industries. Not sure why this packaging solution has become such a big deal? You might be missing some critical facts and insights that shed a bright light on the subject.

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5 Benefits of Flexible Packaging and Flexible Films

The use of flexible packaging and flexible films is growing across almost every industry, as manufacturers of consumer goods discover the innovation’s valuable advantages. Flexibility in a packaging solution, in and of itself, is reason to consider the option. But there’s even more benefit to glean from flexible packaging film. From customization and versatility to cost savings and consumer appeal, it’s difficult to find a reason not to employ this form of packaging.

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How to Choose the Right Shrink Film & Shrink Film Machine

If you’ve heard about the benefits of shrink film for product packaging and you’re interested in applying this option at your business, you’re making a smart move. Shrink film is an excellent packaging solution for many types of products, offering valuable advantages like flexibility, durability, printability, shelf appeal and environmental friendliness. Even so, implementing a shrink film packaging design and process can be confusing if you don’t have sufficient information.

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Plastic Straw Ban: Why Cities & Businesses Are Banning Plastics

Just a few short weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown made California the first U.S. state to legally prohibit dine-in restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws to customers. Although this event marks one of the first legislative actions on the matter, the plastic straw ban has become a popular movement among companies and local governments across the country, with many vowing to completely end usage of plastic straws and packaging by the end of 2018.

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The Impact Of Flexible Packaging On The Food Industry

Research shows that demand for flexible packaging in the U.S. is expected to rise 3.2% per year through 2021. From cost savings to marketing adaptability, the advantages of this packaging option are becoming more widely recognized across an array of industries. The food and beverage sector is no exception, as food brands adopt flexible packaging for more and more types of consumer packaged goods (CPG).

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7 Characteristics Of Shrink Film You Need to Know

Shrink film is a packaging material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied it shrinks tightly over whatever it's covering. Shrink wrap and shrink film are very versatile materials, and can be used in a large variety of packaging applications. Some common uses of shrink wrap are for wrapping food, gift baskets, boxes, toys, books, soaps, etc.    There are many reasons you may want to utilize shrink film for your product packaging. Along with being lightweight and durable, it keeps your products safe from outside elements, increases shelf life and tamper-proofing and makes your product shine! 

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Why Your Product Needs Sustainable Labeling

A brand’s commitment to adopting environmentally conscious practices has become increasingly important to today’s consumers. As more people recognize the need for environmental awareness, shoppers are showing a preference for companies that take steps to reduce their environmental impact and ecological footprint. So where does sustainable labeling fit into the mix, and how can it help boost trust in your product? Here’s what you need to know.  

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3 Ways Your Business Can Reduce Packaging Waste

As the need for more packaging rises, it’s important to remember what that means for our environment. Because of this, many companies are starting to use or create a deadline for sourcing more sustainable packaging materials to ensure that the footprint they leave once the packaging becomes waste is minimal.

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