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 | The Business of Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
February 22nd, 2021

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 materials 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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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Plant Performance | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
February 16th, 2021

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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The Business of Packaging | Investment | Fulfillment

By: Jarrod Dizazzo, Vice President
February 9th, 2021

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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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
February 1st, 2021

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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Equipment | The Business of Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
October 15th, 2020

On the day of installing a pallet wrapper in your warehouse, a lot is going on. Old machinery needs to be shut down, decommissioned, and removed from your warehouse. At the same time, the new equipment must be delivered, set-up, and installed.   Having helped thousands of companies purchase and install new pallet wrappers, Industrial Packaging is able to ensure that even the most complicated installations go smoothly and without error.   In this article, we will break down everything you should expect and be prepared for when the day of installation of your new pallet wrapper arrives.

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The Business of Packaging | Investment | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
August 25th, 2020

For many companies, 2020 has been a tough year, primarily due to the struggles that come along with COVID. After weeks or months of unexpected downtime, many companies are unsure about stocking up on supplies or upgrading machinery for their packaging lines.   The uncertainty that has come with the phased re-opening of the economy and a blurry future in this new environment can cause a natural hesitation to spending. You have to be hyper-aware of spending when looking out for your company's best interest.   You probably feel pressure to purchase just enough to keep running without making any significant investments.   And while airing on the side of caution is a good idea in this current climate, the truth is, there is no better time to buy packaging machinery and material than now. Waiting may very well end up costing you a lot of time and money.   After decades in the packaging industry and a keen eye to the mechanics of the global supply chain, Industrial Packaging can honestly say that now is the time to purchase your packaging machinery and materials.   From our vantage point, we can clearly see the obstacles ahead. We are here to help you avoid stalling on buying decisions that could cost you a lot of time and money and result in serious frustration and headaches down the road.   In this article, we will explain the top 4 reasons to buy your packaging materials and make your packaging machinery upgrades or purchases now, before you run into costly issues with the availability of these items.