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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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
April 7th, 2022

Suppose you are getting ready to outsource your packaging with a co-packer. In that case, you will want to be sure to plan the logistics of your contract packaging project early.   In fact, you should probably start yesterday.   You may be thinking, what's the rush? Why do you have to expedite this process? Is there a reason that this process needs to be completed so early?   The simple answer is yes.   There are multiple reasons why you will want to plan your contract packaging project and iron out all the logistics with your chosen contact packaging vendor early.   But, what are the reasons you need to do this? What are the driving forces behind this need to complete these items in a timely fashion?   This article will explain each item you need to plan in advance and explain why these things must be done earlier than later.   This article will provide you with a solid understanding of why you need to plan your contract packaging logistics early and the consequences of not doing so.

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By: Nathan Dube
April 5th, 2022

There is nothing worse than wrapping a pallet of oddly shaped heavy products with stretch film that you thought was tough enough only to find multiple collapsed pallets upon arrival of the shipment.   This situation often results in damaged products, longer unloading times, safety hazards, and timely clean-ups.   And, it only adds insult to injury when your client asks why you used a sub-par stretch film to palletize their shipments.   Showing up with poor stretch film is akin to arriving with egg on your face.   However, when life gives you eggs, it's time to make an omelet. But how can you reduce the chances of finding yourself in this predicament?   Is there a stretch film that can meet the demands of containing and palletizing heavy-duty products while decreasing the chance of the events listed above?   The short answer is yes.   Thanks to new technological advancements in stretch film production and formulations, there is a remedy to this issue.   And that remedy is Alliance Plastics’ brand-new reinforced titanium stretch film. But, how can this film help you to conquer your most formidable product palletizing challenges?   With the information here, you will have a new solution to the problems associated with containing the heaviest, most oddball products for shipping and transportation.

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By: Nathan Dube
March 31st, 2022

Sustainable packaging is all the rage these days. It is one of the most popular and talked about trends in the packaging industry.   Sustainable packaging claims to create less of a negative impact on our planet earth. It makes people feel good about the products they buy.   But, what is sustainable packaging? How is it defined? What are the most sustainable packaging materials currently available?   These are but a few of the questions we receive on a regular basis about the sustainable packaging materials that we sell.   Many consumers want to buy these earth-friendlier packaging materials. But, they also want to know what makes them "sustainable."   This article will explain what sustainable packaging materials are and how they are defined.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
March 29th, 2022

I am super excited to present the top 5 episodes of the Industrial Packaging Podcast to you! But, before we get started, I have to ask, did you even know we have a podcast?   After perusing our social media follower count, I have concluded that some of you (our beloved blog subscribers) don’t even know we have a podcast!   And, if you are not already subscribed to our YouTube channel, you are missing out on the best content in the packaging industry!   While our YouTube channel features other amazing content such as our cartoon edutainment show, company culture videos, product explorations, and some hilarious videos, some of our most popular videos are, in fact, the podcast.   And, what better way to explore the Industrial Packaging Podcast than by reviewing the most popular episodes all in one spot?   After reading this article, you will have a good idea of what the show is all about and how the content can help you to make better packaging purchasing decisions.

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By: Nathan Dube
March 24th, 2022

You know that you want to stretch wrap your products to prepare them for containment and shipping or as part of your product packaging. You know which type of stretch wrap you are going to use.   You know whether you will use hand stretch wrap or machinery stretch wrap to wrap your products.   But, the one thing you don't know is how much stretch wrap costs. Sure, you have found some ballpark pricing information.   And, you have had various sales reps attempt to speak with you to provide precise pricing for your specific wrapping project.   But, you are not ready to speak to a rep at this time. And you don't want vague pricing that may not reflect the total cost of your unique stretch wrapping order.   All you want is straight-forward and honest pricing for stretch wrap so that you can calculate what your exact cost for your stretch wrap will be.   This article will give you the pricing you are looking for. After reading this article, you will be able to figure out how much stretch wrap will cost you.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
March 22nd, 2022

NFTs are one of the hottest topics in the world right now, with around 1.2 million Google searches per month all over the globe.   With the worldwide roller-coaster of interest in cryptocurrency constantly ebbing and flowing, it should come as no surprise that people everywhere are starting to research the NFT phenomenon.   NFTs are making waves throughout various industries, including the collective realms of art, finance, gaming, esports, packaging, branding and graphic design.   Early adopters of cryptocurrencies and virtual reality technologies linked to the rise in popularity of the metaverse have been talking up the potential revenue attribution potentials of NFTs since at least the arrival of bitcoin.   The idea that digital assets (and other variations of what may be considered an NFT) may be profitable has inspired many to research these "non-fungible tokens."   And their supposed ability to generate income from ownership in the context of Intellectual Property dynamics has captured the interest of many business owners.   But, many of the ultra-wealthy elite have long scoffed at NFTs as a viable way to make money, let alone start a successful business.   For those who long for the days of the gold standard, NFTs come off as a temporary trend with little value beyond their hype.   However, with rising interest in the financial value and capabilities that cryptocurrencies have to offer, both world governments and more open-minded economic powers are turning their heads.   These include venture capitalists and cutting-edge tech start-ups who are beginning to sound the alarm on the potential that cryptocurrencies may hold for generating massive revenue.   As such, more and more people are hopping on the crypto bandwagon, and many tech-savvy entrepreneurs are starting to work with NFTs and the related dynamics of these digital assets in an effort to launch successful businesses.   But, how can you possibly use NFTs to launch a successful brand? What does that look like? And more importantly, how does packaging come into all of this?   This article will explore the answer to these questions through the lens of legendary restaurateur Andy Nguyen's Bored Ape Yacht Club pop-up restaurant.   After reading this article, you will better understand how NFTs can be combined with packaging materials and design to launch a successful brand.