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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
April 12th, 2022

You have a great product, and you know it. You are ready to get this product to market. And, you have decided that you don't want to do primary packaging for this product in-house.   The idea of managing all the equipment, materials, labor, utilities, and other associated elements of primary packaging is not something you want to deal with.   So, you have decided that outsourcing your primary packaging is the best course of action for your product packaging needs.   While you have many questions about what goes into outsourcing your primary packaging, you have one particular question that is top of mind.   And that question is, how much does it cost to outsource your primary packaging?   While you may think that this question should be simple to answer, it is a bit more complex than that.   In fact, you need to understand several elements and answer a few questions before you can receive this pricing.   This article will walk you through those elements and answer those questions. After you have completed these tasks, you will be ready to get pricing for your outsourced primary packaging project.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
April 7th, 2022

Suppose you are getting ready to outsource your packaging with a co-packer. In that case, you will want to be sure to plan the logistics of your contract packaging project early.   In fact, you should probably start yesterday.   You may be thinking, what's the rush? Why do you have to expedite this process? Is there a reason that this process needs to be completed so early?   The simple answer is yes.   There are multiple reasons why you will want to plan your contract packaging project and iron out all the logistics with your chosen contact packaging vendor early.   But, what are the reasons you need to do this? What are the driving forces behind this need to complete these items in a timely fashion?   This article will explain each item you need to plan in advance and explain why these things must be done earlier than later.   This article will provide you with a solid understanding of why you need to plan your contract packaging logistics early and the consequences of not doing so.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
March 8th, 2022

With the whirlwind of events going on in the world today, there are many reasons to consider outsourcing your primary packaging.   Whether it's the ongoing disruption within the global supply chain or costs associated with upgrading or buying new packaging machinery and the required related items, there are various reasons why outsourcing may be the right choice for you.   However, not all companies are suitable for outsourcing their primary packaging and entering into a relationship with a co-packer.   So how do you know if taking primary packaging off your plate is suitable for your business or not? What items of consideration do you need to think about when making this decision? Is there anyone that can help you to make the proper choice?   These are but a small collection of the types of questions you should be asking yourself.   With the information in this article, you will be able to make the best choice possible regarding primary packaging as it relates to the success of your business.

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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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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
February 22nd, 2022

In the wide world of contract packaging, many different types of services fall under the subject.   You have primary packaging, secondary packaging, tertiary packaging, third party logistics, pick and pack, and various other types of packaging processes.   But, as for you, you are here for primary packaging. You are looking for an explanation of what primary packaging is.   You want to know what types of businesses use primary packaging. You want to know if primary packaging is needed for your product packaging requirements and, if so, how can it benefit your business?   You want to know how primary packaging differs from the other types of packaging mentioned above, and you want to know how primary packaging fits into contract packaging as a whole.   This article is going to discuss each of the topics above. After reading this article, you will understand what primary packaging is and if it is something that can benefit your business.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
January 4th, 2022

Tick-tock goes the clock. But when does the clock chime for the outsourcing of thy packaging line?   OK. That is enough of my trying to sound somewhat poetic! And while my attempt at being Shakespearean may have failed, it still begs the question, when is it time to buy contract packaging?   Honestly, the answer to that question is not always straightforward. Depending on where you are at in the timeline of your current packaging process, it may be the right or wrong time to enter into a contract packaging agreement.   So, when is it time to buy contract packaging?   Well, that all depends on numerous elements relating to your business, products, customers, packaging line, equipment, materials, and various other items of consideration.   However, we are going to help you work through these items and answer the question above so that you can make an educated decision on whether now is the time to outsource your packaging line or not.   After reading this article, you will have everything you need to figure out if buying a contract packaging plan is the right decision for your business.