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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 | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
May 5th, 2022

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!

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Plant Performance | Investment | Packaging Design | Food Packaging | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
May 3rd, 2022

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.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Investment | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
February 1st, 2022

If you are looking to redesign your packaging, you probably have various reasons to do this. Maybe you have been running a packaging line with the same materials for decades and want to upgrade to something more modern.   Or maybe your customers are calling for you to switch to a more environmentally friendly packaging material.   There are many reasons why you are thinking about redesigning your packaging. But, one thing is for sure.   Whatever your reasons are for starting the process of redesigning your packaging, you do not want to rush. And, to choose the proper elements for your new packaging, you have to take time to think about them.   There are various questions you will need to answer and several different items of consideration you should meditate upon before you commit to a redesign.   What should you think about when working on upgrading your packaging to a new design? What questions do you need to answer to make the right decision for your budget, clients, business, and brand?   Honestly, it can be a little overwhelming at the beginning. But, we will help you move through the appropriate questions and considerations that you need to ponder before moving forward.   After reading this article, you will have the tools necessary to decide if now is the time to redesign your packaging or not.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
January 13th, 2022

So, you have compared single-wound shrink film to centerfold shrink film. You know which type of film that you would like to use.   You may even have use for both types of film on your packaging line. However, you are not sure if you already have the correct type of packaging machinery to run the film.   Perhaps you have used Google or another search engine to identify the proper shrink wrap sealer for the films you will be using.   You have read a few articles, but you still aren't clear on which type of machinery you need to buy or have in-house to run your chosen film.   Industrial packaging has a long history of selling this type of packaging machinery. We have a lot of information about this equipment. You can use this information to help you purchase or upgrade to the right machinery for your packaging applications.   This article will explore the shrink wrap sealers and related devices that you will need for the films mentioned above. With the information here, you will be able to identify which type of machinery is right for your shrink film packaging applications.

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Packaging Materials | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
December 7th, 2021

Clamshell packaging has become super popular with industrial and consumer product manufacturers and resellers alike.   They are great for branding, marketing, and showing off your products. Clamshell packaging is also perfect for hanging retail displays.   Plus, they have proven to be eye-catching and appealing to consumers all over the country and the rest of the world.   But you already knew all that. That is, of course, why you are looking for pricing for this type of packaging.   You are having trouble getting the total cost for the packaging project you have in mind. But, before you are ready to speak with a sales rep, you want to get a decent ballpark figure for what the cost of running clamshells on your packaging line will be.   So, we are going to give you exactly that.   This article will provide you with the information required to help you calculate a ballpark figure for your clamshell packaging costs.