During these days, one of the most common questions that we are receiving from customers is, "why do packaging prices continue to increase"? And, it goes without saying; that we are living through unprecedented times. As we all still collectively try to adapt to the world that COVID has changed for the foreseeable future, new challenges continue to press an already struggling supply chain. And while the global supply chain had already been complicated enough from the months of shutdowns due to the pandemic, other factors are driving these cost increases. From trucker strikes and protests to disruptions in the plastic resins market as a byproduct of the issues seen in the petroleum industry. These and other problems have led to these price increases that we are seeing now. But, what exactly are the issues that are causing the prices of packaging materials to rise continually? Today, we will explore why the price of packaging materials continues to climb higher as the costs of many products also continue to soar.
I can see that you are ready to buy packaging materials and machinery for your business! But you should read this first time packaging buyer's guide first! You want to source the best packaging machinery and materials possible. But, you have never bought either of these items before. While you may be tempted to hop into a purchase, there are several things that you need to do first. These include getting clarification on items such as financing, lead times, installation, shipping, and many other related topics. So it is crucial that you read this first time packaging buyer's guide before proceeding to hit that buy button! But, which questions will you have to answer before you buy? What information will you need to provide to your chosen packaging company before you can continue with your purchase? This article will answer the questions above and prepare you for making the right buying decisions for your company and packaging line. Here you should have everything you need to move forward with your first packaging machinery or materials purchase!
You are beyond excited as you take your last sip of coffee, gently placing the cup on your desk. You have packaging materials and machinery on your mind. And you are ready. Before you, a flat-screen LCD monitor glows, projecting that beautiful blue light upon your face. You can feel the caffeine coursing through your veins. You type away at the keyboard; the excitement rises with each click and clack of the keys beneath your fingers. You hit enter. Now, you stare at the home page of your chosen packaging materials and machinery vendor. You have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Today is the day, you think to yourself! You are finally ready to purchase packaging materials or machinery, and you are about to hit that buy button. You hear a gentle whisper as if a voice was calling to you from another realm. And suddenly, you freeze. Your finger hovers over the enter button. Wait, says the voice. Wait? You think to yourself. No, I want to do this; I am ready to buy, you exclaim to no one in particular! Again, you attempt to hit the buy button. And again, your finger stops as it just barely scratches the surface of the enter button on your keyboard. Wait, says the voice, now louder, as if from a person standing in the room with you. Whom could that be, you ask yourself silently? As you read these words here today, we answer you. It is us, Industrial Packaging! You are probably wondering why it seems as if we do not want you to buy packaging machinery and materials. We do. We genuinely do; however, you may not be ready yet. It would help if you answered several essential questions first, and we are here to go over those questions with you. Once you have taken care of the items in this article, you will be ready to make a packaging purchase.
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.
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.
I am super excited to present the top 5 episodes of the Industrial Packaging Podcast to you! But, before we get started, I have to ask, did you even know we have a podcast? After perusing our social media follower count, I have concluded that some of you (our beloved blog subscribers) don’t even know we have a podcast! And, if you are not already subscribed to our YouTube channel, you are missing out on the best content in the packaging industry! While our YouTube channel features other amazing content such as our cartoon edutainment show, company culture videos, product explorations, and some hilarious videos, some of our most popular videos are, in fact, the podcast. And, what better way to explore the Industrial Packaging Podcast than by reviewing the most popular episodes all in one spot? After reading this article, you will have a good idea of what the show is all about and how the content can help you to make better packaging purchasing decisions.