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Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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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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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!

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Investment | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
May 17th, 2022

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.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
March 1st, 2022

By now, you, like the majority of the rest of the world, are probably aware of the crisis in Ukraine. War is never an event that we look forward to, and it has lasting, often significant consequences.   For packaging companies and their customers, one of these consequences may very well be a notable cost increase for materials, services, and machinery.   But, how exactly is the war in Ukraine responsible for causing such changes in the prices of these items?   From cost increases in the resin market to the potential skyrocketing gasoline and crude oil prices, there are various ways in which this conflict may result in serious financial repercussions throughout various industries the world over.   This article will explain what types of cost increases you can expect in the wake of the war. After reading this article, you will be armed with knowledge about these dynamics.   Hopefully, with this knowledge in hand, you will be able to formulate ideas to navigate these potentially severe cost increases.

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Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
August 26th, 2021

Are you looking to get your products to market as quickly as possible? Do you want to get your products into a retail setting faster than your competitors?   If I had to guess why you are reading this post, I would assume it is due to one of two reasons. One, you currently have decent speed to market. But, you want to increase that speed to meet the demands of your consumers while one-upping your competitors.   Or, two, you currently don't have the speed to market that you want. You are looking for ways to increase your speed to market without sacrificing your product and packaging quality.   While there may be several reasons for your presence here today, chances are, you want to achieve the fastest speed to market possible while ensuring the highest level of quality for your product packaging and supply chain.   With over 65 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging understands the true importance of fast speed to market. And, we have helped many companies just like yours improve their speed to market capabilities.   This article will give you the top five ways to ensure fast speed to market. After reading this article, you will have the tactics required to get your products to market in the time frame that you want them to arrive.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Fulfillment | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
May 18th, 2021

Are you tired of managing shipping and receiving for your company? Do you wish that you did not have to deal with product returns to unhappy customers? What would you be willing to do if you never had to package another product in your life?   Does the thought of inventory control and labor force management keep you up at night?   If this sounds like you, then chances are, you might benefit from a third-party logistics partner. But, what exactly is third-party logistics?   Industrial Packaging has spent decades working in 3PL. Third-party logistics is like a second home for us. We know 3PL like the back of our hands, and we have provided these services to many businesses just like yours.   In this article, we will introduce you to third-party logistics and define this term. We will also discuss other elements associated with 3PL in the context of contract packaging. With the information in this article, you will be able to decide if using a 3PL partner is a good idea for your business.