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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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 30th, 2022

Suppose you are looking for a way for your business to go green. In that case, Steelflex bio biodegradable stretch film may be a perfect fit for your business.   Today, countless companies are on a mission to become more sustainable. From fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop businesses, sustainability is on the minds of everyone.   And one way that companies can become greener is by switching from traditional plastic stretch film to Steelflex Bio biodegradable stretch film.   Steelflex Bio is an excellent way to start producing less of an impact on our planet. But is Steelflex Bio suitable for wrapping pallets of your products?   Is Steelflex Bio as strong as a traditional stretch film? Is it as clear? Is it the right choice for your business and its sustainability goals?   This article will answer all of these questions and more. After reading this piece, you will know if Steelflex Bio is the right sustainable stretch film option for your product palletizing and securing needs.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 23rd, 2022

Curious about PCR and PIR packaging materials? In a world where sustainability is becoming ever more prevalent, that is no surprise.   If you are like most companies, you are looking for sustainable packaging solutions to some extent or another. Maybe you are looking for recyclable packaging materials.   Then again, you might be looking for information about biodegradable packaging. Perhaps you are looking for ways to recycle plastics that your local recycling center can't recycle.   Regardless of what brought you here today, you are interested in learning more about PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled) packaging materials.   You have probably seen the terms PCR and PIR popping up in newsletters, emails, websites, or social accounts from some of the manufacturers and distributors that you use.   But, you are new to these items, and you don't fully grasp what they are or what they mean. You would like to understand these terms better as they may help you source more sustainable packaging materials.   Today, we will explain what PCR and PIR packaging materials are and the benefits of using these packaging supplies.

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Equipment | The Business of Packaging | Plant Performance

By: Nathan Dube
August 16th, 2022

If you expect to find yourself with a decent amount of end or year capital by the end of 2022, now is the time to start thinking about buying packaging machinery.   You may protest in the face of significant inflation and the ever-rising prices of, well, everything, which would be understandable.   But, if your packaging machinery is nearing the end of life, waiting until the new year to make a purchase could lead to catastrophic consequences.   With packaging machinery lead times sometimes exceeding thirteen months, you run the risk of not only being unable to acquire the packaging machinery you need to run your business but paying a lot more for it when you do.   We understand that packaging machinery is a significant investment, and you may be weary of the current state of the economy.   But, taking that end-of-year capital and investing in the packaging machinery you need for next year may very well save you a ton of unwanted headaches later.   This article will explain why you should consider using your end-of-year capital to upgrade your packaging equipment.

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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!