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

By: Nathan Dube
July 5th, 2022

You know you want to package your products in printed shrink or bundling film. But, you are not sure which one of these flexible packaging films is right for your needs.   While these flexible packaging films look similar, they are meant for different packaging applications. And, you want to make sure that you choose the proper film for your product packaging requirements.   However, you want to understand better the differences between these two types of packaging materials so that you can select the one that is most appropriate for your needs.   Today, we will explain the differences between these two types of packaging supplies and help you choose the one best suited for your product packaging.

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Packaging Materials | Plant Performance

By: David Roberge
June 30th, 2022

Suppose you are having problems with pallets sticking together, causing tearing, and compromising your pallet's load containment. In that case, one-side cling stretch wrap may be for you.   Like you, many companies use stretch wrap to safely contain, secure and palletize their products for shipping and transportation.   Millions of stretch-wrapped loads can be found in warehouses throughout the country. And people often choose stretch wrap for their wrapping needs as it is a material that allows for the safe transportation and storage of their products.   However, stretch-wrapped loads often will get stuck to each other when pallets are transported or stored in close quarters.   This often leads to stretch film tearing, which can cause lopsided loads, collapsed loads, and other unwanted headaches.   And these headaches may result in safety issues that can compromise the well-being of your customers.   Thankfully, you can avoid these issues using one-sided cling stretch wrap. In today's article, we will explore one-sided cling stretch wrap and explain how this material can eliminate unwanted headaches and keep your palleted products safely contained.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
June 28th, 2022

I am sure you are sick of hearing about supply chain problems, but they significantly affect lead times for packaging machinery and materials.   Suppose you are thinking about making a large packaging machinery or materials purchase but do not plan on receiving them for several months. In that case, you will still want to consider buying now rather than later.   While that may seem "salesy" at first glance, the truth is, it is sound advice in these difficult times. Due to severe supply chain problems, a packaging materials or machinery order you need in six months may need to be placed today to receive it on time.   Waiting to purchase your packaging machinery or materials close to the date when you need them to arrive in your warehouse may result in severe problems and unwanted headaches.   In order to ensure that your equipment and materials arrive on time, it is essential to make sure that you order far enough in advance so that your items arrive when you need them.   But why are lead times so long today? Why is it necessary to order your packaging machinery and materials so far in advance?   This article will review the evermore important factor of lead times for purchasing packaging machinery and materials and explain why lead times are significantly longer today.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
June 23rd, 2022

Did you know that small contract packaging projects cost more than larger ones? That may seem odd at first sight, but it's the truth.   You are probably asking yourself, why do small contract packaging projects cost more than larger ones? After all, typically, if you buy a larger version of something, it will be more expensive than a smaller variation.   So what is it about contract packaging that flips this equation on its head?   Several variables play into the higher costs of smaller contract packaging projects. But what are these variables that drive up the cost of contract packaging when it comes to producing smaller operations?   What items of consideration do you need to think about when trying to understand the cost differentials between large and small contract packaging projects?   This article will explain why smaller contract packaging projects cost more than larger contract packaging projects and what variables play into these differences in price points.

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Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
June 21st, 2022

When thinking about how to onshore, store and buy packaging supplies in today's climate, you have a lot to consider. The status quo for these items five years ago is not what they are today.   Due to ongoing supply chain problems, including disruption within the oil industry as a byproduct of the war in Ukraine, many businesses are chomping at the bit to rethink how they onshore, store, and buy packaging supplies.   However, there is more to this story than the never-ending issues with the supply chain that are getting more complicated by the day.   The tariffs imposed on China by the Biden administration are further complicating an already stressed global supply chain.   These stressors force many companies to turn to sourcing their packaging supplies both internationally and domestically to drive higher local inventories.   But, what are the benefits of doing this? What factors are driving these decisions? Are these the right actions for your business to mimic at this time in the history of our world?   Today's article will explore the factors that have led to a re-imagining of onshoring, storage, and purchasing practices for packaging supplies inventory for many businesses across the country.

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The Business of Packaging | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Plant Performance | Fulfillment | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
June 16th, 2022

Are you a large company (500+ employees, $100,000,000 in annual revenue), a publicly-traded business, or a fortune 500 looking for a contract packaging company? If so, WE are YOUR copacker! If you are a large company, you have a lot to think about.   If I had to guess, your number one priority is your brand(s). You want to stay focused on new product development, building your customer base, engaging your audience, and staying one step ahead of your competitors.   You are focused on generating massive revenue, cutting costs, and improving all of your product lines. While you may or may not be doing your packaging in-house, one thing is clear.   You are looking to either find a new copacker or outsource your packaging for the first time. And, you want to make sure that you choose the best copacker in the country.   So, we are absolutely honored to have your presence on our website today. But, you are probably wondering, why should you trust Industrial Packaging to be your copacker?   Outsourcing your internationally known brand is a big deal. You don't want to partner with just anyone. You have incredibly high standards, and you only want the best.   And more important than that, you want to choose the safest copacker in the industry—someone you can trust to keep your people, products, and brands safe throughout the supply chain.   Furthermore, you want a copacker that is already helping their large company clients to navigate current and future global supply chain disruptions.   Well, you have come to the right place. This article will explain why other large companies trust Industrial Packaging with their contract packaging needs.   And, we will explain why you can trust us as well!