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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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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
May 19th, 2022

Did you know that you can stabilize slippery stretch wrapped loads with slip sheets? If you answered no, you are not alone!   Suppose you are like most companies who ship products. In that case, you probably use stretch film to properly contain and secure your palletized loads for transportation, shipping, and storage.   Stretch wrapping loads, for this reason, are a common practice implemented by countless companies worldwide.   People love how stretch film can wrap and secure their palleted products. But, some loads can be problematic due to slippery products.   These products can lead to lopsided loads and troublesome stretch wrapping processes. But thanks to slip sheets, these problems can be negated!   But, what exactly is a slip sheet? And how do they help slippery products get palletized properly?   Today, we will explore the world of slip sheets and explain how they can help you to contain your slippery loads of stretch-wrapped products better.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
May 10th, 2022

When I was seventeen, I worked in a warehouse for a local trucking company that one of my best friend's fathers owned.   And, oddly enough...   I used to think about how the company could save money via cutting stretch wrap costs by downgauging their film.   Although, I never mentioned it. I was just a teenager, and I figured they would not be interested in the feedback.   Still, the memories are as fresh as they were back then.   I will never forget waking up at 2:00 AM to be at work at 4:00 AM. The Drive in the winter was cold and harsh. But, that same cool air was a blessing during the summer months.   Knowing I had anywhere from eight to sixteen-hour shifts unloading trucks, I would down two energy drinks before arriving to work.   One of the daily responsibilities was to wrap the stacked pallets of packages with hand stretch wrap. In the winter, we would warm our work gloves in the microwave before going into the ice-cold, concrete-floored building and getting to work.   I will never forget the slightly dizzying process of wrapping a pallet. We would load a roll of hand stretch wrap onto a stretch wrap dispenser.   Next, we would pull a bit of the film from the roll and tuck it under the corner of a stacked pallet. Then we would run circles around the pallet, pulling the stretch film tight as we ran the wrap up to the top and then back down to the bottom of the pallet.   Looking back on it, I wish I had spoken up about downgauging. I saw my friend's father for the first time in years a few days ago. With all the supply chain and trucking industry complexities, they decided to sell their business.   I can't save their company any money now. But, perhaps I can help you to save money for yours. Today, I will explain how downgauging your stretch film could save you a little or a lot of cash.   Cash as cold and hard as those sub-zero winter mornings, dancing around pallets of boxes in the warehouse.

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
December 14th, 2021

When choosing a packaging material to unitize, palletize and contain your products, you have two options to choose from.   These include strapping material and stretch film. Both packaging materials are commonly used for the applications mentioned above.   And each material is well suited for specific packaging applications. But, not all products are appropriate for one of these materials or the other.   So, how do you know which one of these packaging materials is the right choice for your packaging requirements?   By reading this article, of course!   With over six decades in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has consulted countless clients on which type of packaging material is best suited for their palletizing and unitizing needs.   This article will explain the differences between these two types of packaging supplies. After reading this article, you will know whether strapping or stretch film is right for your business's packaging applications.

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Packaging Materials | Investment | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
October 19th, 2021

After diligently scouring the internet for a packaging material that is good for packaging heavy-weight items, you stumbled across strapping material.   Curious as to whether this would be a good fit, you took a look at the most popular types of strapping and have narrowed your choices down to polyester strapping and steel strapping.   However, you are not sure what the differences between these two types of strapping materials are. You know that they are both well suited for heavy products, but you need a clear understanding of which of these two materials is the best one for your heavy products.   You want to move forward with a purchase to complete your current product packaging project, but you are having trouble finding the information you are looking for to complete this process.   Well, the good news is, you have come to the Industrial Packaging blog!   With over six decades in the packaging industry, we know all there is to know about strapping materials. And, we can educate you on the types of strapping that you are looking to compare.   This article will explain the differences between polyester strapping and steel strapping. With the information in this article, you will be able to purchase the correct type of strapping for your heavy product packaging needs.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
June 3rd, 2021

Hey there! It looks like you are researching packaging services. It also seems that you are trying to figure out which services you need.   Like many folks, I am willing to bet you are a little confused about the differences between primary and secondary packaging. Perhaps you have been doing packaging in-house for a long time. And, now, you are starting to look at outsourcing your packaging as an alternative.   Either way, it is pretty clear why you are here. You want to know what the difference between primary and secondary packaging is.   Well, your quest for this information is nearly complete! With over two decades in the contract packaging space, Industrial Packaging has you covered. We've done primary and secondary packaging for more clients than we can count!   In this article, we will define both primary and secondary packaging. And, we'll explain the differences between these two types of contract packaging services. When you have finished reading this article, you will know if these packaging services are a good fit for your business.

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Packaging Design | Shipping Protection | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
August 18th, 2020

Shipping protection is perhaps one of the most essential variables to consider when fulfilling orders for your customers. Just think how you feel when you order something, and the packaging is damaged.   As the internet has made our world a digitally connected global village, you can now have customers anywhere on earth (and pretty soon, perhaps Mars as well).   Packages that travel long distances often have journeys that are fraught with problems. Anything from mishandling at warehouses, being dropped on accident by delivery drivers, or moving through geographical areas with extreme heat. The list of potential items that can cause damage to your package can seem nearly endless.   So, when it comes to ensuring an excellent unboxing experience for your clients, you need to make sure that their packages arrive in as close to mint condition as possible as it is imperative to building brand loyalty and repeat business.   To achieve the proper protections against shipping damages, you need to make sure your packaging process aligns with the best standards. First, getting on board with Amazon's guidelines for SIOC and user-friendly packaging is a good start.   Next, use protective packaging materials such as air pillows, cardboard, packaging peanuts, and a whole galaxy of other potential protective packaging material options.   Now you are probably thinking, "man, this is more complicated than I was hoping". That may be true, but it's critical to the success of your business. While the global village is making packaging protection during shipping more complicated, Industrial Packaging has decades of experience in this sector. We are here to help you navigate these issues.   In this article, you'll gain a better understanding of all of the elements that go into preparing your packages with the appropriate protective packaging materials and protocols. This will help your customers be happy with the condition of their packages, which leads to repeat business.