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The Business of Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
September 15th, 2022

EDITED 9/15/22 8:16 AM: National Railroad Strike Averted!    A pending railroad strike that was initially blocked by executive action from President Biden back in July, allowing for a sixty-day delay, may begin on Friday, 9/16/22.   The strike, led by the two most essential unions in the railroad industry representing engineers and conductors, has been negotiating on behalf of over 100,000 railroad employees whose responsibilities essentially keep the railroads across the nation running.   As of today, it does not appear that the union's negotiations are getting the response they want. This could lead to a national strike starting tomorrow morning.   This could cause a rather precarious situation for a supply chain that has already been heavily beaten up by the COVID pandemic, trucker shortages and protests, and continued problems with container ships that sit unopened in ports around the globe to this day.   At the moment, there is no guarantee that the strike will move forward but based on current tensions felt by these railroad employees who say that staffing shortages and being on call at all times say that their work lives have become intolerable.   The main question everyone is asking themselves at this point is, should the railroad strike occur, what will the repercussions be for an already burdened supply chain?   And, in what ways can these events be dealt with to prevent further decline in the availability of various items such as automobiles, consumer goods, and other products threatened by the strike?   While only time will tell, in the article below, we will dive deeper into the strike and provide information on what could happen if they proceed and what is being done by elected officials to negate potential problems.

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Equipment | The Business of Packaging | Plant Performance

By: Nathan Dube
August 16th, 2022

If you expect to find yourself with a decent amount of end or year capital by the end of 2022, now is the time to start thinking about buying packaging machinery.   You may protest in the face of significant inflation and the ever-rising prices of, well, everything, which would be understandable.   But, if your packaging machinery is nearing the end of life, waiting until the new year to make a purchase could lead to catastrophic consequences.   With packaging machinery lead times sometimes exceeding thirteen months, you run the risk of not only being unable to acquire the packaging machinery you need to run your business but paying a lot more for it when you do.   We understand that packaging machinery is a significant investment, and you may be weary of the current state of the economy.   But, taking that end-of-year capital and investing in the packaging machinery you need for next year may very well save you a ton of unwanted headaches later.   This article will explain why you should consider using your end-of-year capital to upgrade your packaging equipment.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Investment | Shipping Protection

By: David Roberge
August 9th, 2022

Are you stretch wrapping your pallets by hand? Relying on manual labor to consistently protect your products in transit may be causing your company to lose money in the long run.   Suppose your products are in high demand and you are cutting it close or, even worse, missing your customer's requested orders. In that case, you may be able to remedy this with automation at your end-of-line.   Hand-wrapping pallets are less cost-effective than using a stretch wrapper at a certain point. At the same time, automated stretch-wrapping machinery can save on time and costs.   Does the idea of saving money have your attention? Learn how to determine when to switch from hand-wrapping pallets to automated pallet-wrapping machinery.

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Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging

By: David Roberge
July 14th, 2022

Are you looking to improve your product's security and shelf life? If you answered yes, tamper-evident packaging might be suitable for you.   In an ever more dangerous world, product security and protection are more important than ever. With counterfeiting of products on the rise the world over, these items are of extreme importance.   In addition to ensuring that your products are safe and protected, the need for longer shelf life has also arisen. Fortunately, tamper-evident packaging can help to improve all three of these dynamics for your products.   But how can tamper-evident packaging improve your product's safety, security, and shelf life? What are the benefits of using tamper-evident packaging for your business?   And, most importantly, is tamper-evident packaging right for you?   This article will explore how tamper-evident packaging can improve your products' safety, security, and shelf life and why you may want to consider implementing it on your packaging line.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
June 28th, 2022

I am sure you are sick of hearing about supply chain problems, but they significantly affect lead times for packaging machinery and materials.   Suppose you are thinking about making a large packaging machinery or materials purchase but do not plan on receiving them for several months. In that case, you will still want to consider buying now rather than later.   While that may seem "salesy" at first glance, the truth is, it is sound advice in these difficult times. Due to severe supply chain problems, a packaging materials or machinery order you need in six months may need to be placed today to receive it on time.   Waiting to purchase your packaging machinery or materials close to the date when you need them to arrive in your warehouse may result in severe problems and unwanted headaches.   In order to ensure that your equipment and materials arrive on time, it is essential to make sure that you order far enough in advance so that your items arrive when you need them.   But why are lead times so long today? Why is it necessary to order your packaging machinery and materials so far in advance?   This article will review the evermore important factor of lead times for purchasing packaging machinery and materials and explain why lead times are significantly longer today.

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The Business of Packaging | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Plant Performance | Fulfillment | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
June 16th, 2022

Are you a large company (500+ employees, $100,000,000 in annual revenue), a publicly-traded business, or a fortune 500 looking for a contract packaging company? If so, WE are YOUR copacker! If you are a large company, you have a lot to think about.   If I had to guess, your number one priority is your brand(s). You want to stay focused on new product development, building your customer base, engaging your audience, and staying one step ahead of your competitors.   You are focused on generating massive revenue, cutting costs, and improving all of your product lines. While you may or may not be doing your packaging in-house, one thing is clear.   You are looking to either find a new copacker or outsource your packaging for the first time. And, you want to make sure that you choose the best copacker in the country.   So, we are absolutely honored to have your presence on our website today. But, you are probably wondering, why should you trust Industrial Packaging to be your copacker?   Outsourcing your internationally known brand is a big deal. You don't want to partner with just anyone. You have incredibly high standards, and you only want the best.   And more important than that, you want to choose the safest copacker in the industry—someone you can trust to keep your people, products, and brands safe throughout the supply chain.   Furthermore, you want a copacker that is already helping their large company clients to navigate current and future global supply chain disruptions.   Well, you have come to the right place. This article will explain why other large companies trust Industrial Packaging with their contract packaging needs.   And, we will explain why you can trust us as well!