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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

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

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: 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

Showing You the Money

Posted by Sean Ross on Aug 1, 2018 3:19:44 PM

Growing up locally here in Chicago, and having WGN as a core local TV station, many ads were for local businesses, especially car dealerships.  There was one ad tagline that you simply couldn’t forget. It was from Celozzi-Ettelson, whereby at the end of every commercial the two owners would say: “Where you always save more money!”  (For you nostalgia buffs…here’s a 30 second link)

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Topics: Cost reduction

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