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Food Packaging  |  Fulfillment

Problem Solving: How To Reduce Product Waste In Contract Packaging

When working with a contract packaging company, in order to make room for occasional human error or mechanical issues, you need to supply your contract packaging company with enough product to allow for some waste.   When offering contract packaging services, it is common for a contract packaging company to have to move from a warehouse that is too small. This is done to sustain the current requirements of their customer base. In this case, a move to a new location is a must.   This would be waste produced by machinery and material problems or operator errors. There has to be some extra product available so that when products fail at some point in your packaging line, your contract packaging company will be able to use that extra product to replace those items.   In the case of product waste, there is often a large amount of products left over after the order has been fulfilled. Normally, these products end up in a landfill. This is a travesty, particularly for food production companies. In fact, 218 billion dollars worth of food products is sent to a landfill each year. Food waste happens at all stages of the food production process. Each stage of the distribution and supply chain ecosystem also produces waste at times.   Many people in the United States of America are going to bed hungry on a regular basis. With so much excessive food waste, this is absolutely unacceptable. However, navigating the complex laws surrounding food safety is a challenge. Even more so with the inability to reuse food products after expiration.   But, it does not have to be this way. There are some fairly simple ways to negate such massive amounts of food and product waste. If you are willing to work with your local contract packaging company, you can do it. There are ways to develop a closed-loop system. This can reduce or altogether stop this type of unnecessary waste.   Industrial Packaging has been offering contract packaging services for many years. During that time we have developed waste reduction protocols. These protocols have allowed us to largely reduce the waste of various products for our clients.   In this article, we will explore the way in which waste reduction may be achieved by working with your local contract packaging company.

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

Benefits Of Contract Packaging: Top 5 Reasons To Outsource Your Supply Chain

Over the past few weeks, you have been doing research about contract packaging. You have noticed other companies in your industry have outsourced their supply chain. They have done this with a contract packaging company.   You find yourself wondering if contract packaging could benefit your own company. But, you are not clear on what the benefits of contract packaging are. Do they make sense for your business?   Now, you find yourself here on the Industrial Packaging website. You are perusing blog posts and webpages about contract packaging. You see that we have been providing contract packaging services for many years. In some cases, to Fortune 500 companies.   With the information found here, you will be able to decide if contract packaging is right for your business. And, while Industrial Packaging would love to gain your contract packaging business, we may or may not be the best vendor for you. Regardless, with the information available on our blog, we will be able to help you identify the right contract packaging vendor for your company, even if it is not us.   In this article, we will review the top 5 benefits of contract packaging. This will help you identify if contract packaging is right for you or not.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Plastic Packaging Costs To Increase In 2021: Here Is Why

If you have been tasked with buying shrink film for your company, chances are, you have noticed that prices for many films and plastic packaging supplies have been slowly creeping up since at least September of last year. You may have also noticed that any resin-based plastic packaging supplies are also increasing in price as time goes on.   You are probably wondering, what is the cause of these price increases? When can we expect them to stop? Should I stock up on supplies now to save money in the long run?   These are but a few of the questions we have been getting from our customers, and we expect to continue receiving such inquiries. To provide some knowledge and peace of mind, we have put this article together to help you better understand what is going on.   It is Industrial Packaging's stance that being open and forthright with this information is necessary because it impacts our customers. We believe that we have a requirement to be upfront with any type of news like this in order to maintain the trust we've built with our customers.   With the rise of global supply chain disruptions due to customer demand, the plastic resin market is preparing for multiple cost increases as we head into March. Additional price increases for various resin-based plastic packaging supplies are expected to occur over the next few months.   This article will provide some insight into the events that have led to these materials' increased prices.

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Fulfillment  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Why We Offer Contract Packaging Primarily In The Northeast USA

You are probably wondering, if Industrial Packaging is simply managing the supply chain and packaging line elements of our client's business, can't we do that anywhere in the country? Well, yes.   We could do that. But, for us at Industrial Packaging, we think that it is best for us to deliver an excellent experience for a small amount of people versus a mediocre experience for a much larger audience.   Another thing that was glaringly obvious to us about our geographical region was that there is about thirty billion dollars worth of contract packaging business going on in our own backyard.   That is one very good reason to stick to servicing this area of the United States. But, it is not the only reason why we have chosen to stick to the Northeast. Providing our world-class packaging supplies and service to this area just makes sense.   In this article, we aim to explain why we have limited ourselves to this geographical area. By reading this article, you should have a good idea if you are a good fit for Industrial Packaging as a contract packaging client or not.

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Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  The Business of Packaging

Contract Packaging Cost: How Much Will Outsourcing Cost?

So, you are beginning the journey of seeking out a contract packaging company because you’re considering outsourcing your supply chain needs. In this situation, it is normal to have a lot of questions about the process. But, for most people, the number one question is, how much does it cost? This is a very good question. However, most businesses are hoping to get a universal ballpark figure right off the bat. That’s totally understandable - you want to have this information to figure out if this is something you can afford. You want to know if the cost justifies the investment.   Many buyers go to the internet and punch in some variant of that question. They hope that the information will be front and center. After clicking through a host of articles on Google, many buyers get frustrated.   Most of the articles and other content you’ll find does not usually have this information. The reason for this is because the answer is extremely case sensitive. The cost for contract packaging is going to be very different from one company to the next.   The reason for this is because your costs relate to your labor force, packaging machinery, packaging materials, warehousing space, logistics, and the other variables that change from one company to the next.   The total cost for a contract packaging agreement for you, is not going to look anything like the one that is appropriate for your competitors. Unless of course, all the variables above are nearly identical for each company, of which, they rarely are.   With all of that in mind, it is important to understand one thing. There is an answer to your question and it can be provided by a contract packaging company. But, they will need to analyze your unique requirements to produce a close approximation of the total cost.   Industrial Packaging has done this kind of analytical research for countless companies. We can do this for your company as well if contract packaging ends up becoming the best option for your company.   In this article, we will explain the elements that go into calculating an estimate for contract packaging. We will explore the different elements we need to analyze before we can answer the question, how much does it cost?

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

What Is Contract Packaging And How Does It Work?

Perhaps you have found yourself in the position of having to find a solution for packaging your products. You have been doing research about setting up a packaging line. In addition to that, you are studying the many different types of packaging machinery and materials.   You are also trying to calculate the cost of the labor required to do your packaging in-house. Maybe you are frustrated with the potential cost of all of these items. And to compound these issues, there is the thought of warehousing to consider.   Can you fit all the required pieces of your packaging line and supply chain needs at your current location? If not, will your company be able to justify the purchase of a warehouse? And, even if you can, will the warehouse be large enough to fit all the machinery, laborers, and packaging materials in that space? Or, do your space requirements exceed that which you can afford?   When mulling over all of these items, it becomes quite clear what a big responsibility and cost running a packaging line and managing your supply chain can be.   If only there was some way to outsource all of this stuff! I mean, wouldn't it be great if you had a partner who could take all of this responsibility off of your plate and help you to finance the cost?    Well, that is where a contract packaging company (also known as a co-packer) comes in!   Handing your supply chain needs over to a contract packaging company takes much of the work off your plate. This allows you to focus on what your company does best, making your products and consistently optimizing them.   With a co-packer like Industrial Packaging on your team, you end up with a partner for your business. One who can handle all aspects of your supply chain. By handing  over your supply chain infrastructure to a contract packaging company, you ensure that your packaging line is being run properly.   In this article, we will discuss what a contact packaging company is. We will also discuss the responsibilities that such a company can take off your plate.

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