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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.

Nathan Dube

As the Digital Marketing Specialist at Industrial Packaging, I am honored to create content for such a phenomenal company and work with one of the greatest teams in the Packaging Industry. Whether creating a video, writing blog posts or generating other pieces of content and multimedia, I am always excited to help educate and inspire our prospects and clients to reach their highest potential in regards to their packaging processes and needs.

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Plant Performance

By: Nathan Dube
August 2nd, 2022

Are you feeling the pinch of the national pallet shortage? You are not alone. Due to the ongoing repercussions of the months of downtime due to the COVID pandemic, companies continue to struggle with acquiring various goods.   From semiconductors to various types of food, companies everywhere have problems sourcing the items they need to run their business.   And when it comes to the pallet industry, the same tune is being sung. Countless businesses struggle to find the pallets they need to secure, transport and store proper product inventories.   But, what is the cause of this? How can companies like yours manage the shortage, and what workarounds can be obtained to help combat the lack of pallets available today?   This article will explain the national pallet shortage, what is causing it, and ways you may be able to navigate these problems and source the pallets you need.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
July 26th, 2022

Have you considered single-serve packaging when trying to formulate new avenues for revenue? If not, it is something that you may want to think about.   Today, many consumers are looking to buy single servings of food or beverage products. This is due in part to the response to COVID.   As people wanted to prevent the spread of germs, many consumers began buying single-serve packages so individuals would get their own food or beverage without having to touch other people's items.   However, that is not the only driving factor behind consumers' push to buy single-serve products.   Regardless of the reasons that led to this push, offering single-serve products in single-serve packaging is a new way to get your products into previously unavailable places.   By offering single servings of your products, you have the opportunity to get your products onto shelves they have yet to be featured on.   When offering single servings of your products, you can engage consumers differently than you currently are. This opens up new opportunities to sell the same product in new ways or launch a new product.   But, is single serve packaging and product sales right for your business? What do you need to know before you start offering single serve products?   In this article, we will explore the current boom in single-serve packaging and provide information that will help you decide if single-serve packaging is suitable for your business.

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Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
July 21st, 2022

Stretch film and strapping are often used in tandem for palletizing and securing heavy obscure loads. In such cases, pallets will often be secured with four or more bands of strapping and then wrapped with stretch film.   This tactic is an excellent way to ensure that heavy and oddly shaped loads are properly contained so they do not fall or go lopsided during transit and storage.   Many companies use stretch film and strapping in tandem for applications as described above. But, having to use these two materials can be pricey.   Pallets that are wrapped in both strapping and stretch film require extra material to ensure proper load containment. And this leads to the need for extra labor or automation to complete the process of applying these materials to your pallets of products.   In a world where everyone is looking for ways to cut costs, these processes are concerning as they are expensive to implement. This is especially true when the cost of packaging materials continues to rise regularly.   Many companies are looking for a way to eliminate extra packaging in an effort to reduce the cost of their product palletizing protocols.   Many businesses ask themselves, "wouldn't it be great if we could replace stretch film and strapping with a single packaging material?"   And, we must agree that it would be awesome if this could be done. If you could swap out two materials for one, you could save time, money, and labor by using only one type of packaging to palletize your products.   Well, we have good news for you.   Thanks to Alliance Plastics, there is now a single type of flexible packaging film called steelflex titanium stretch film that can replace the use of traditional stretch film and strapping for the types of applications mentioned above!   But, how is this film able to accomplish this? And, where can you purchase this material?   In this article, we will explain how you can use steelflex titanium stretch film to replace the use of traditional stretch film and strapping for palletizing heavy and obscure loads!

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By: Nathan Dube
July 19th, 2022

If you are thinking about when you should buy packaging, the answer is yesterday. Now, unless you have a delorean, telephone booth, police box, or some other form of time machine, I understand that is rather impossible.   Still, that does not change the fact that if you need packaging in the next month... No wait; if you need packaging by year's end, you should purchase today or as soon as possible otherwise.   Now, before you accuse me of being all "salesy," please allow me to explain why you must consider ordering your packaging today if you want to have it on time, or in some cases, at all.   There are many reasons why waiting until the last minute to order the packaging machinery or materials you need is a bad idea.   And when I say a bad idea, I mean a very costly one that could very well lead to wasted time and money and many unwanted headaches.   From insane lead times going beyond 12 months to low or no availability of certain packaging supplies due to national raw materials shortages, there are many good reasons to buy as soon as possible.   But what other reasons should you consider for buying today? Are the materials or machinery that you need currently showing long lead times and low availability? What can you do to ensure you have the packaging supplies and equipment you need when you need them?   In this article, we will answer all of the questions above. And we will provide you with important information and tactics for buying packaging in today's climate.

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
July 7th, 2022

Are you trying to decide between strapping material and stretch film? If so, you have a lot to consider.   On the one hand, Stretch film is a fantastic flexible packaging film that is perfect for securing, containing, and palletizing your products.   Stretch film is recyclable and comes in various sustainable formulations, such as PIR recycled stretch film and bio-based stretch film.   On the other hand, strapping material is another hugely popular packaging material that can be used to secure and contain pallets of products.   Strapping is perfect for the packaging of newspapers and magazines as well as heavier items such as cinder blocks and industrial equipment. And it is recyclable.   But, which of these two packaging materials are best suited for securing your products for transportation and storage?   In this article, we will compare strapping material to stretch film and help you choose the packaging material best suited for your product palletizing needs.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
July 5th, 2022

You know you want to package your products in printed shrink or bundling film. But, you are not sure which one of these flexible packaging films is right for your needs.   While these flexible packaging films look similar, they are meant for different packaging applications. And, you want to make sure that you choose the proper film for your product packaging requirements.   However, you want to understand better the differences between these two types of packaging materials so that you can select the one that is most appropriate for your needs.   Today, we will explain the differences between these two types of packaging supplies and help you choose the one best suited for your product packaging.