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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 | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
September 7th, 2021

As we enter into Q4 of 2021, pumpkin spice everything is beginning to show up in the wild. Campfire smoke rises from the earth, and people are starting to make their Christmas shopping list.   It may seem crazy, but we are closer to the first day of 2022 than we are to the first day of 2021! Time flies, eh?   With the new year just around the corner, now is an excellent time to focus on the significant packaging trends for 2022. As a tradition here at Industrial Packaging, we consistently publish our top packaging trends article as the following year approaches.   In this article, we will be exploring the top 10 packaging trends for 2022. With the information in this article, you will understand the most important items of consideration for packaging come the new year.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
August 12th, 2021

We may still be in the midst of summer, but the warmer months are an excellent time to plan for the future dangers associated with snow for the following year. By getting ready months in advance, you will be well prepared to choose a contract packaging company that can keep your people, products, and brands safe during the winter months.   When you think about contract packaging, you probably don't think about snow removal. It's not precisely in line with topics related to outsourcing your supply chain. But, snow removal, particularly for tractor-trailer trucks, is essential for contract packaging.   Last year, Industrial Packaging implemented a snow removal safety protocol. It was an absolute game-changer when it comes to our company's mission statement and purpose:   "Protecting people, products, and brands throughout the supply chain."   That is who we are. That is what we do. Industrial Packaging was able to take this mission statement to a whole new level. We did this with new protocols for removing snow from our client's trucks.   This article will explore the technologies and protocols your contract packaging vendor will need to protect your people, products, and brands throughout the supply chain.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Food Packaging

By: Ingrid Sweeney, Compliance Manager
August 10th, 2021

I love cookies. I love to make them for my family, and I love to give them away to family and friends. I love to smell them cooking, and I even enjoy having the tools to make them – sturdy cookie sheets and parchment paper to make sure my cookies bake to perfection.   Good ingredients are essential to me – no cutting corners with quality. Back in the day, I have even been known to eat that delicious raw cookie dough, a bad idea, of course, now understanding the risk of salmonella contamination and food poisoning. Seriously, I want none of that!   Some friends have said, "oooh, these cookies are so good," you should sell these! You should make lots of cookies and sell them online! People would love these. You could mass produce these and make a bundle. You could ship them all over the country! "   While I always welcome these kind words and accolades, I often have questions about the reality of such a dream. I often ponder questions such as   Could this work? That would be so awesome! But how? Could I get some assistance and have my cookies made and shipped to cookie lovers everywhere? Whom could I trust to get it right? How do I know that they are using suitable equipment and good ingredients? How will I know that the batter is handled correctly? What about contamination? Will they keep their kitchen clean? Will they follow my recipe and packaging instructions? Whom can I trust?   Of course, the simple answer to that last question is a co-packer. Why?   Co-packers are set up to handle these challenges. They can help your vision become a reality. They can mass-produce and save you lots of time. And most importantly, they can help you keep your products and customers safe.   But, not all co-packers are the same. When it comes to safety, some are better than others. So, how do you choose a safe contract packaging company?   While Industrial Packaging may or may not be the right contract packaging company for your business, we can help you understand how to choose a safe co-packer.   In this article, we will walk you through the required steps to choose a safe contract packaging company.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
August 3rd, 2021

You've been trying to order household appliances for months now, and yet, they have still not arrived. This frustration has perhaps been bolstered by the inability to get lumber for your home improvement project.   Or, maybe, you are having trouble purchasing many different types of consumer products, whether they be certain types of electronics or something as common as ketchup.   You are clearly feeling frustrated, and you have no idea what is going on. You want answers to your questions, and you want to know why the availability of these items is slim to none.   Industrial Packaging has been working with the global supply chain for decades. During that time, we have learned what causes significant disruptions within this massive ecosystem.   With the information in this article, you will learn about the global supply chain and understand why it is currently undergoing the major problems that are leading to your inability to receive certain goods.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 29th, 2021

You are interested in possibly outsourcing your supply chain through contract packaging, but you are not sure if your company is a good fit for this type of program.   From what you have gathered so far, you may or may not be the correct type of business to outsource through contract packaging. But, you want to learn more about the kinds of companies that are a good fit for using a co-packer to decide if you're going to partner with one.   You are looking for information that will help you make this decision. And, you have been looking for this info for a while now.   As a multi-generational packaging company with decades in the contract packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has helped many businesses figure out if using a co-packer is right for them. In this article, we will help you to do the same.   After reading this article, you will be able to figure out if you are a good fit for working with a contract packaging company or not.

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The Business of Packaging | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 14th, 2021

All right, all right, all right! After months of deliberation, you have decided that contract packaging is the right solution for your company's supply chain needs! You have narrowed your search for a co-packer down to two or three vendors, and you are ready to enter into a contract packaging agreement.   After sending off an RFQ to your prospective vendors, you were hoping a few simple meetings would be all that was required to initiate the process.   Unfortunately, each of your prospective vendors has requested product samples from you and will not move the process forward until you have completed this task.   This was, for all intents and purposes, an unexpected request. You want to know why this needs to be done to move forward with your contract packaging dreams.   We understand your frustration. But, we also know that a client must send the chosen contract packaging vendor product samples to move the contract packaging process forward.   After several decades in the contract packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets the question "why do we need to send you product samples to start contract packaging"?   This article will explain why you will be required to send in product samples before you can begin a contract packaging agreement with your chosen co-packer.   After reading this article, you will better understand why this is a required element to starting the contract packaging process.