Ahoy land lubbers! This weekend PackSmart is going to be settin’ sail in Glen Ellyn’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta for the second year in a row. It will be a day of fun for the whole family, including games, the best food trucks in the Chicagoland area and, of course, some intense cardboard boat racing.
Today we celebrated Bring Your Dog to Work Day here at PackSmart! We had a lot of fun having our bundles of love/fur in the office and getting to know everyone's dog(s)! They even showed some love for PackSmart's CORE Values. Check out the pictures below to experience this fun day at PackSmart!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.