The Flexible Packaging Blog

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

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By: Nathan Dube
April 28th, 2022

Sustaining the proper packaging inventory was a challenge before the pandemic. But, in our post-modern world, things have only become more complex.   In addition to the event mentioned above, various other major supply chain disruptions have occurred over the past few years.   From the Ever Given container ship disaster to the continual and increasing costs of goods due to the war in Ukraine, managing the proper levels of packaging materials inventory has become a more significant and dynamic responsibility.   But, what is the proper level of packaging inventory for today's climate? How do you decide what the appropriate level of inventory is?   Where can you turn for help when trying to figure out these problems while maintaining the required inventory to keep your business running?   Below, we will explore these questions and the answers to them. With the information here, you will have the tools necessary to implement the proper packaging inventory levels.

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Equipment

By: Nathan Dube
April 26th, 2022

So, you have found yourself standing at a crossroads with flow wrappers and overwrappers. Up to this point, your path was clear. The road you have walked was likely paved in cellophane, oriented polypropylene, or some other type of flexible packaging film.   Smooth, glossy, easy.   Until now, your journey had been simple. A straight walkway. One of which involved almost effortless dedication to a carefree destination.   You had planned on arriving at this place knowing which way to go should your highway ever diverge from a single flowing river to that of questionable unknown rapids, surging in divergent directions.   And yet, here you stand at your own personal high noon. To your left, you are faced with a sea of flow wrappers.   To your right, you see a dimly lit, over-wrapped horizon veiled in uncertainty. In an effort to delay the inevitable, you roll the question around on your tongue. Flow-wrappers or over-wrappers, which is right for me?   You wait in silence, hoping that some disembodied force will whisper the correct answer into your ear. And still, you stand here at the crossroads, unsure which way to go.   Make the right decision, and you will buy the appropriate packaging machinery for your company’s needs.   Choose the wrong equipment, and a logistics nightmare with no end in sight could envelop you. You shudder to think of the mountains of paperwork that you would find in an endless valley of excuses.   Is there not anyone who is willing to pull you back from this praecipe of decision-making? Indeed, there is, and you have found them!   We know that choosing the proper packaging machinery for your product wrapping needs can be a little, shall we say, “dramatic.”   But, thankfully for you, Industrial Packaging is here to help you make sure that you make the right decision and become that purchasing hero that, deep down, you know yourself to be.   We know everything there is to know about flow wrappers and over wrappers. And we are going to help you choose the proper machinery for your wrapping project.

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Equipment

By: Nathan Dube
April 21st, 2022

If you are already using an automated stretch wrapper to wrap your products, you are one step ahead of the game when compared to those using hand stretch wrap.   You run faster, leaner, and meaner than the competition. But are you getting the full value out of your stretch wrapping equipment?   Could you be wrapping better? If so, how can a scale benefit your stretch wrapping protocols to improve your processes?   What are the benefits of adding a scale to your stretch wrapping machine? Is adding a scale to your stretch wrapper the right decision for your business?   We will tackle these questions in more detail in today’s article.

Blog Feature

By: Nathan Dube
April 19th, 2022

Are you looking to stretch your knowledge about this particular type of flexible film? Want to wrap up any pending questions you have about this material?   OK, two bad puns right off the bat are a bit much but don't worry, the rest of the article is far better than my comedy skills!   Stretch wraps (which are also known as stretch films) are one of the most popular types of flexible packaging materials on the market. Countless businesses use stretch film to palletize and properly contain loads.   But, which type of stretch film is right for your needs? And what are the answers to the other important questions you need to answer before making a purchase?   This article will present the top 5 questions about stretch film and answer each of those questions completely.   With the information in this article, you will be able to figure out which type of stretch film is right for you and your needs.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
April 13th, 2022

Like pretty much every other business on the face of the planet, I will assume that you wish you had a larger social media following.   After all, the more social followers you have, the better you can turn those followers into new customers.   But, it is not always easy to develop a large social media community around your brand, especially if you are a B2B.   Given your way, you would probably have thousands of devoted fans following your social media accounts and buying copious amounts of your products, right?   There are many ways to attempt to do this digitally. However, not all tactics work for every company. Plus, some tactics work better than others.   And, there are some tactics that you may not even be using. If I had to take another guess, I bet you are not evening think about, let's call them, "analog" tactics to boost your social media following.   But, if you want to succeed in building a robust social media community around your products, it is a good idea to try different things.   And one of the best ways to drive the number of social followers up for your brand is to use packaging.   But, how can you use packaging to increase the number of your social media followers? What are the ways in which packaging can be leveraged for such an endeavor?   This article will explain how to use your product packaging to entice consumers to join your social media communities and become huge fans of your brand!   After reading this article, you will have some solid ideas on how to achieve your social media community growth goals.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
April 12th, 2022

You have a great product, and you know it. You are ready to get this product to market. And, you have decided that you don't want to do primary packaging for this product in-house.   The idea of managing all the equipment, materials, labor, utilities, and other associated elements of primary packaging is not something you want to deal with.   So, you have decided that outsourcing your primary packaging is the best course of action for your product packaging needs.   While you have many questions about what goes into outsourcing your primary packaging, you have one particular question that is top of mind.   And that question is, how much does it cost to outsource your primary packaging?   While you may think that this question should be simple to answer, it is a bit more complex than that.   In fact, you need to understand several elements and answer a few questions before you can receive this pricing.   This article will walk you through those elements and answer those questions. After you have completed these tasks, you will be ready to get pricing for your outsourced primary packaging project.