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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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.

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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.