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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Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
October 18th, 2022

To say that AI packaging may grow in popularity as time goes on is such a massive understatement that the gravity of these words could ground a rocket ship shortly after take off.   Artificial intelligence is making waves everywhere. This is true for both personal individual applications as well as the elite peaks of the corporate world.   AI has already made a massive difference in how some of the world's top search engines produce results for their users and has most recently flipped the art and music world on its head.   With a few mouse clicks, anyone can teach artificial intelligence to produce what appears to be artwork on par with some of the human race's most incredible artisans.   Because of the recent boom in the quality of visual imagery that can be created with AI software, many corporations and even some enterprising smaller businesses are looking for ways to integrate the mind-blowing creative capabilities of artificial intelligence.   One of the spaces where we will likely see explosive growth in the next few years is AI packaging. However, That term may come to mean many different things in the future.   But today, when we are talking about AI packaging, first and foremost, we are talking about AI packaging design.   With the incredibly detailed and often ethereal artwork produced by artificial intelligence algorithms, it should be no surprise that some companies are already thinking about cashing in on this disruptive technology to separate themselves from the competition.   But is AI packaging (and other forms of AI content) just a passing trend or a genuinely groundbreaking technological advancement that will change multiple industries forever?   While we are just at the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting story and history, the ultimate fate of AI packaging and related technologies remains to be seen.   This article will explore the role of artificial intelligence in packaging. After reading this article, you will have more than a few interesting bullet points to discuss at your next corporate meeting or night out with friends.

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Packaging Materials | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: David Roberge
October 13th, 2022

If you are looking for a way to sell more products and add more value for your customers, multi-packs and variety-packs may be right for you.   When consumers go into a store to do their weekly shopping, they are not there just to grab a soda and a sandwich.   They are there because they are stocking up on supplies for the next week or month. In this situation, consumers are often looking to buy multiple items of the same products.   In this respect, consumers will have to grab a product, put it in their shopping cart, and repeat this process until they have enough items for their weekly or monthly shopping.   Before the arrival of multi-packs and variety-packs, this took a lot more time and effort and made the shopping experience less enjoyable.   The total cost of buying multiple single items is also more expensive, which is just adding insult to injury for the consumer.    But, thanks to multi-packs and variety-packs, buying identical bulk products has become much easier for the consumer and more profitable for you as the seller.   A customer can easily grab a multi-pack or variety pack, which is often made from bundling film, and place all of the items at once into their shopping cart. This allows the consumer to spend less time and money and improves the shopping experience.   After reading this article, you will know if selling multi-packs and variety packs is right for your business. But what are the benefits of multi-packs and variety-packs for you? In this article, we will review these benefits.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Packaging Design | Packaging Psychology

By: Nathan Dube
October 11th, 2022

I can't believe it's already October, yet here I am, jotting down the top 5 packaging trends for 2023! They say time goes faster as you get older, and I can't help but to say I agree.   Well, folks, 2022 has seen some exciting developments in the packaging industry. The hot packaging trends for 2023 are shaping up and feature some exciting topics.   While sustainability and automation are at the forefront of the evolution of the packaging industry as a whole, there are some new players in the game vying for your attention!   But what will be the hottest packaging trends in 2023? While only time will tell for sure, we have some significant predictions for what will be taking the spotlight as we head into the new year.   This article will review the top 5 packaging trends for 2023. After reading this article, you should have everything you need to capitalize on these hot topics for your business.

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Investment

By: Nathan Dube
October 4th, 2022

Everyone wants to get their packaging when they want it, but that often won't happen when you make any of these common mistakes when you buy packaging.   From extended lead times to the multitude of global supply chain problems plaguing the world today, you have to consider many things before you try to buy packaging materials.   Failing to do so may result in your inability to acquire the packaging materials you want or, more importantly, need to run your business.   However, you can avoid the many costly unwanted problems that come along with packaging purchasing mistakes.   But, what are the mistakes people everywhere make when trying to purchase the packaging materials they need?   And how can you avoid these mistakes to prevent your business from falling into the same lousy purchasing habits?   This article will review the top five mistakes buyers make today when placing orders for the packaging materials required to keep their business running like a well-oiled machine.

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Packaging Materials

By: David Roberge
September 29th, 2022

Skin packaging is part of a family of packaging known as carded packaging. Carded packaging also includes other packaging supplies, including blister packaging and clamshells.   But if you are reading this article, it is clear that you are here to learn more about skin packaging. Well, you have come to the right place!   Skin packaging is a close relative of blister packaging; they are commonly confused by those new to carded packaging materials.   Generally speaking, skin packs have two features. The transparent plastic film (usually either Surlyn or skin poly) and the backer, more commonly known as a skinboard (which sometimes is replaced by another layer of film, see photo below).   For the most part, skin packaging has three main applications. In this article, we will review the top 3 applications for skin packs to help you identify if they are the right choice for your product packaging needs.

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By: Nathan Dube
September 27th, 2022

Did you know you can eat packaging? You can! Well, I mean, you can eat edible packaging. If you are like me, the first time I heard about edible packaging, I thought it must have been April 1st.   I mean, how could such a thing be anything more than a joke to be digested on that hilarious annual holiday?   But, low and behold, packaging you can eat is not only a thing; it is something that has been around for the past few years and is also an idea that is slowly gaining in popularity.   While eating the wrapper of that juicy cheeseburger you just scarfed down may not sound terribly appealing, these are the kinds of things incredibly forward-thinking brands are toying around with.   And while some consumers may gag at the thought of eating the cup holding their coffee, these are precisely the types of experiments that some businesses are rolling the dice on.   You might be surprised to learn that not only are some of these wacky approaches to sustainable packaging being embraced by consumers in such trials, but some folks are also asking for more packaging to eat!   But the question remains, is this just a passing fad, or is this the future of earth-friendly packaging? Perhaps only time will tell.   Regardless, in this article, we will explore the world of edible packaging that you can eat and dig deeper into some examples of this modern phenomenon.