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The Flexible Packaging Blog

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

David Roberge

Part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I'm lucky to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier to be able to share our knowledge with you. I love learning about and helping readers grow their brand through unique, flexible package design from the birth of the product idea, through the supply chain and to the launch and placement on the shelf or at the consumer's door.

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Food Packaging  |  Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Plant Performance  |  Shipping Protection  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

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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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  The Business of Packaging

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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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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

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Equipment  |  Food Packaging  |  Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

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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Environment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology

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

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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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

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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