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Packaging Price Increases: Why they happen and how to combat them

Posted by MaryKate Munguia on Feb 4, 2019 12:14:35 PM

You’ve just received yet another price increase notification from your packaging vendor…you’ve been a loyal customer, so why are they trying to take advantage of your business? The truth of the matter is that the packaging industry is a volatile market, especially when it comes to resin-related items (i.e. stretch film, poly bags, etc.).  A best practice for packaging distributors is to wait until they’ve received a pricing notification from more than one manufacturer before notifying their customers.  They want to be sure it is an industry-supported increase before unnecessarily worrying their customers and if it is not related to a market change, they will push back on manufacturers to rescind it.  More often than not, you will see a ripple effect on packaging products when there is a market increase.  For example, when there is a resin increase, you will find that your stretch film is hit first, but that your tape is affected by that same increase a few months later.  The same thing occurs when there is an industry increase on paper because it directly affects boxes, cornerboard, mailing tubes, etc.  Because packaging items are so inter-related, it may feel like there is a constant wave of increases, but it is usually the same increase affecting products at different times.

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Topics: Cost reduction, Packaging Expertise, Partner in Packaging

Environmental Considerations in Packaging

Posted by Bobby Hutchinson on Jan 18, 2019 3:16:14 PM

Environmentalism, sustainability, and the sense of corporate citizenship that accompanies them are becoming a more and more substantial point of interest and action for industrial companies. Many companies have put initiatives in place to achieve their sustainability goals, but still struggle to identify the best ways to do so without hurting their bottom line.

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Topics: Sustainability, Go green, Packaging Expertise, Partner in Packaging

Void Fill & Cushioning 101

Posted by Kelly Mertins on Jan 9, 2019 1:48:24 PM

Did you know that 20% of consumers’ returns are due to damage product? (https://www.invespcro.com/blog/ecommerce-product-return-rate-statistics/). If you don’t take the time to find the best void fill/cushioning product for your application you risk losing money on the damaged product, shipping expenses and on potential repeat business. A loyal customer expects companies to use the proper packaging products.

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Topics: void fill, damage in shipment, Sustainability, Go green, Packaging Expertise, Partner in Packaging

Happy Holidays from PackSmart!

Posted by Bobby Hutchinson on Dec 27, 2018 10:39:18 AM

It's that time of year again!

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The PackSmart Packaging Assessment

Posted by Bobby Hutchinson on Nov 16, 2018 2:50:19 PM

The most important factor for meeting all of a customer’s needs is understanding them; knowing what they do and how that leads their needs. At PackSmart, we take pride in knowing our customers’ business and what they need to be successful.

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Topics: Cost reduction, ergonomics, Sustainability, Go green, Packaging Expertise, Partner in Packaging, Solutions

Why Expertise Matters

Posted by Christine Randazzo on Sep 21, 2018 3:12:30 PM

As one organizes their day, week or month, it is very important to create a list of goals you want to accomplish.  When something goes wrong in the packaging or shipping of your product, oftentimes that list of goals gets rearranged and priorities change. Having an experienced packaging partner in your corner allows you to stay focused on your goals without the disruption of having to "fix" your packaging operations.

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Topics: Packaging Expertise, Partner in Packaging, Solutions

Sustainability Tips: How to make your packaging operations (and company!) greener

Posted by Kelly Mertins on Aug 29, 2018 12:15:51 PM

Let’s face it, many companies turned their backs on “Going Green” years ago. It wasn’t cost efficient and why fix something if it isn’t broken. But thanks to advances in technology this is no longer the case; in fact you can be losing out on a substantial annual cost savings. Simply put - you cannot afford to put off these changes any longer. Listed below are a few suggestions on where you can easily start to make your business more environmentally friendly.

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Topics: Cost reduction, Sustainability, Go green

Packaging Tips From The Field: Choosing the Correct Inner Packing Material For Your Products

Posted by Jim Potter on Aug 6, 2018 3:39:52 PM

There are various types of packaging materials available today that are designed to protect products within a box during shipment, as well as just filling empty space in the box to keep products from shifting around during transit. Paper, air pillows, expandable foam and shredded corrugated are just a few of the options available. 

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Topics: void fill, supplies, damage in shipment

Packaging Tips from the Field: Strapping Boxes vs. Taping by Hand

Posted by Jim Potter on Aug 2, 2018 5:36:35 PM

Do you find it time consuming and challenging to tape boxes of various sizes and shapes by hand?  Is damage in transit an issue? 

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Topics: Cost reduction, machinery, strapping, ergonomics

The Benefits of a Planned Maintenance Program

Posted by Chris Maggard on Aug 2, 2018 4:31:01 PM

“Why I would want to spend money on planned maintenance if my packaging machines are working and trouble free?” This is a question that many warehouse and operations managers have when presented with a planned maintenance program. Often it is determined that there are other expenses within the company that are more important. Normally the packaging equipment is at the end of the line and costs you money. Once your product is ready, it will go through the various case tapers, formers and stretch wrappers. Consider, for a moment, the ramifications of one of these failing: it would mean that many of those processes would have to be done by hand, or worse still, cannot be done at all.

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Topics: machinery, service, maintenance

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