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 Materials | Packaging Design | Packaging Psychology

By: Nathan Dube
August 19th, 2021

As we head deeper into the 2020s, it feels as if the future has truly arrived. We have come so far as a species. From smartphones and electric cars to privatized space exploration and the planned building of colonies off-world. The future is now!   But, outer space is not the only new frontier we are beginning to explore on a deeper level. We are also on the cusp of discovering and exploring the metaverse while mutually creating it through our digital footprints, interactions and avatars.   You may be wondering, what does packaging have to do with the metaverse? Or, perhaps you are not even sure what the metaverse is.   And, while the space where the metaverse meets the physical realm has barely been explored at this point, it will be an area of focus for massive corporations and, eventually, smaller businesses as well.   After more than sixty-five years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has watched how the precursor to the metaverse (the internet) has changed packaging for companies worldwide. And, we are always learning how new technologies will continue to evolve the realm of packaging.   In this article, we will explore the future relationship between packaging and the metaverse and discuss how this technological advancement will affect product packaging and branding for companies all over the world.

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Packaging Materials | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
August 17th, 2021

You are looking for a new flexible packaging film. Perhaps you are looking for a more affordable alternative to cellophane.   Or, maybe, you require a film that has increased strength and superior barrier properties to resist water vapor and oxygen gas.   You may have many reasons for searching for biaxially oriented polypropylene overwrap film (also known as BOPP). But, the main thing you have had trouble finding concerning this material is information.   You have likely discovered that BOPP is a bit obscure when compared to other types of flexible packaging films. And, this has made finding the information you are looking for even more difficult.   Well, today, we are going to solve that problem for you.   As a multi-generational packaging company, Industrial Packaging has over 65 years of experience with packaging films. And, we have a library of information on the different types of packaging films currently available.   With the information in this article, you will better understand biaxially oriented polypropylene overwrap film, its applications, and its uses.

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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.