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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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
August 12th, 2021

We may still be in the midst of summer, but the warmer months are an excellent time to plan for the future dangers associated with snow for the following year. By getting ready months in advance, you will be well prepared to choose a contract packaging company that can keep your people, products, and brands safe during the winter months.   When you think about contract packaging, you probably don't think about snow removal. It's not precisely in line with topics related to outsourcing your supply chain. But, snow removal, particularly for tractor-trailer trucks, is essential for contract packaging.   Last year, Industrial Packaging implemented a snow removal safety protocol. It was an absolute game-changer when it comes to our company's mission statement and purpose:   "Protecting people, products, and brands throughout the supply chain."   That is who we are. That is what we do. Industrial Packaging was able to take this mission statement to a whole new level. We did this with new protocols for removing snow from our client's trucks.   This article will explore the technologies and protocols your contract packaging vendor will need to protect your people, products, and brands throughout the supply chain.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Food Packaging

By: Ingrid Sweeney, Compliance Manager
August 10th, 2021

I love cookies. I love to make them for my family, and I love to give them away to family and friends. I love to smell them cooking, and I even enjoy having the tools to make them – sturdy cookie sheets and parchment paper to make sure my cookies bake to perfection.   Good ingredients are essential to me – no cutting corners with quality. Back in the day, I have even been known to eat that delicious raw cookie dough, a bad idea, of course, now understanding the risk of salmonella contamination and food poisoning. Seriously, I want none of that!   Some friends have said, "oooh, these cookies are so good," you should sell these! You should make lots of cookies and sell them online! People would love these. You could mass produce these and make a bundle. You could ship them all over the country! "   While I always welcome these kind words and accolades, I often have questions about the reality of such a dream. I often ponder questions such as   Could this work? That would be so awesome! But how? Could I get some assistance and have my cookies made and shipped to cookie lovers everywhere? Whom could I trust to get it right? How do I know that they are using suitable equipment and good ingredients? How will I know that the batter is handled correctly? What about contamination? Will they keep their kitchen clean? Will they follow my recipe and packaging instructions? Whom can I trust?   Of course, the simple answer to that last question is a co-packer. Why?   Co-packers are set up to handle these challenges. They can help your vision become a reality. They can mass-produce and save you lots of time. And most importantly, they can help you keep your products and customers safe.   But, not all co-packers are the same. When it comes to safety, some are better than others. So, how do you choose a safe contract packaging company?   While Industrial Packaging may or may not be the right contract packaging company for your business, we can help you understand how to choose a safe co-packer.   In this article, we will walk you through the required steps to choose a safe contract packaging company.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
August 5th, 2021

Man, sometimes the universe seems to have it out for you, huh? I mean, here you are, all excited about launching a new product and getting it to market, but you can't afford the packaging machinery required to do the job!   Or, maybe, your packaging equipment is getting so old that it is time to put it out to pasture and let it cross the rainbow bridge. And, for whatever reason, you cannot currently afford to replace it.   You have been racking your brain, trying to figure out a way to finagle this bagel, but no matter where you turn, you keep hitting brick walls.   It's enough to make you think about dropping the whole project altogether. But, before you hang your head in defeat and walk off into the sunset, you will want to read this article!   After multiple generations in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has helped so many businesses out of this pickle; we can't even count them anymore!   We know of some solutions you may not have thought of, and they may just be the thing to get your product packaging dreams back on track.   This article will review the top 4 solutions if you can't afford new packaging machinery. With the information in this article, you will figure out if you can save your packaging project or not.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
August 3rd, 2021

You've been trying to order household appliances for months now, and yet, they have still not arrived. This frustration has perhaps been bolstered by the inability to get lumber for your home improvement project.   Or, maybe, you are having trouble purchasing many different types of consumer products, whether they be certain types of electronics or something as common as ketchup.   You are clearly feeling frustrated, and you have no idea what is going on. You want answers to your questions, and you want to know why the availability of these items is slim to none.   Industrial Packaging has been working with the global supply chain for decades. During that time, we have learned what causes significant disruptions within this massive ecosystem.   With the information in this article, you will learn about the global supply chain and understand why it is currently undergoing the major problems that are leading to your inability to receive certain goods.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 29th, 2021

You are interested in possibly outsourcing your supply chain through contract packaging, but you are not sure if your company is a good fit for this type of program.   From what you have gathered so far, you may or may not be the correct type of business to outsource through contract packaging. But, you want to learn more about the kinds of companies that are a good fit for using a co-packer to decide if you're going to partner with one.   You are looking for information that will help you make this decision. And, you have been looking for this info for a while now.   As a multi-generational packaging company with decades in the contract packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has helped many businesses figure out if using a co-packer is right for them. In this article, we will help you to do the same.   After reading this article, you will be able to figure out if you are a good fit for working with a contract packaging company or not.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
July 27th, 2021

Are you getting ready to package multi-packs of your products? If so, you are most likely exploring the appropriate flexible packaging films for this application.   And, you want to make sure that you choose the correct film for the types of products you are preparing to bring to market.   But, you are not sure if shrink film or bundling film is suitable for your packaging requirements.   Maybe you have been packaging products in shrink film for some time. But, you are finding that regular shrink films are not strong enough for specific products.   Or, perhaps this is the first time you will be using flexible films to package your products and multi-packs and are not sure which one of these films is the best choice for your needs.   You are looking to understand better the differences between these two types of flexible packaging films so that you can select the correct option.   After 65 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets asked what the differences between these films are. Having consulted countless companies on the appropriate films for their needs, we can help you identify the best one for yours.   In this article, we explain the differences between bundling film and shrink film. With the information in this article, you will be able to choose the appropriate flexible packaging film for your specific packaging requirements.