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Study: Protection Voted Most Important Factor in Packaging

on April 17, 2018
Protective packaging has evolved over time. While a lot of changes are thanks to advances in materials and other options, consumers themselves have largely steered this evolution. Not only do consumers want their purchase to arrive intact, they care about things like sustainability, environmental friendliness, and ease of use to...

Custom Packaging Saved Manufacturer over $100K

on April 17, 2018
When companies aim to cut shipping and packaging costs, the first place many managers consider is cheaper materials. In a Lean-focused culture, though, better solutions usually exist without compromising on quality. A less obvious route is custom packaging. This kind of investment can appear to add costs, but as one...

Should You Brand your Shipping Packaging?

on March 25, 2018
We’ve recently posted about packaging making a first impression on a customer and the trends you want to ponder when branding that outer shell. Branding the shipping packaging is only one of the ways you can stand out, but it is a significant way to do so. It does, however,...

Warehouse Workers Prone to Mental Health Issues

on March 13, 2018
Mental health has been a hot topic in the wake of the latest school shooting. While this is an extreme example, the topic itself should make us all ponder our vulnerability in every day life. Our mental wellness is impacted by our daily activities, and has a wide range of...

Wowing Customers at Their Doorstep: The Real First Impression

on March 6, 2018
A first impression is created in a tenth of a second. It’s alarmingly hard to change. In fact, it can persist despite other facts or events that contradict it. While your customer service, sales, and/or ordering process are technically giving a first impression for most customers, your product itself is...

Engagement is the Key to Warehouse Worker Productivity

on February 22, 2018
Demand for and on warehouse workers is high. Ecommerce continues to change the industry, and productivity will only become more important. This, of course, is a unique obstacle in warehousing and manufacturing. Why? The top challenge in labor management in warehouses is finding and keeping qualified workers. Put simply, the...

Buyers Reeling at Near Record-High Lumber Prices

on February 14, 2018
It’s been in unusually rough year for those involved in the lumber industry, and it’s looking to stay that way for now. A combination of factors like price hikes on Canadian lumber (due to tariffs imposed by the US), and supply shortage (from a number of things like hurricanes and...

Leveraging the Sustainable Aspects of Your Packaging for Millennials

on February 8, 2018
The world of commerce, particularly ecommerce, evolves so quickly that manufacturers can be forced into reactive strategies rather than proactive ones. Sometimes change is such a long process you risk it becoming outdated before you even completely master it. On the other hand, you can leverage a lot of your...

Wood Pallets Still in Demand, Alternatives Growing in Popularity

on February 8, 2018
Pallets have long been a mainstay of warehouses and DCs for storing and transporting goods. They’re so common that people don’t realize all the capabilities of these simple structures. Wood is just one of many material options that meet a variety of needs for the consumer, including storage capacity, productivity,...

Protecting Metal: Rust Most Likely Before and After Transport

on January 26, 2018
If you’re shipping any kind of metal, corrosion is a concern. Understanding the environmental moisture of your package’s journey is critical to predicting its risk of rusting. However, what many companies fail to realize is that temperature fluctuations are hardest on metal, and these variables are most prominent before and...