Progressive Packaging Blog

4 Characteristics of Economically Sustainable Packaging

Posted by Kristen Wood on Oct 15, 2019 9:02:25 AM

Sustainable packaging is about more than just environmental sustainability. It's also important for packaging to be economically sustainable. Businesses think about the economic sustainability of their packaging far more than their customers do, but even then, sustainability often takes a back seat to things like presentation and profit.

Whether you're a business owner who works with a packaging manufacturer, or you're a procurement officer looking for the right packaging company to work with, your company, and ultimately, the economy will benefit from you making sustainability a priority. 

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Topics: Packaging and Sustainability

3 Industry Challenges Not All Packaging Companies Are Equipped to Handle

Posted by Kristen Wood on Sep 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The packaging industry is ever changing.

With change, comes growth and development, but with change, also comes new challenges and uncharted waters. Frankly, not all packaging companies are equipped to handle the challenges of change. These companies may do just fine providing the solutions they've been providing their clients for years, but when it comes to thinking outside the box, adapting to different needs, and creating new solutions, they're at a loss.

Let's look at some specific challenges in the packaging industry that frequently trip up packaging providers.

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Topics: Company & Industry News

4 Ways to Ensure Your Packaging Supports Your Brand

Posted by Kristen Wood on Aug 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Have you spent much time thinking about what your company's packaging says about your business's brand? 

Packaging isn't just about having something to put your products in until your customers purchase them. Packaging is an opportunity to delight your customers and promote your brand.

The question is, in what way are your packaging decisions promoting your brand? Promotion is only good when it's done well, which is why you want to make sure you're promoting your business in a way that attracts and retains customers.

As one of the first things your customers notice about your product, packaging plays a major role in a customer's perception of your brand. Let's look at 4 ways to ensure you're sending the right messages with your custom packaging.

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Topics: Company & Industry News, Corrugated Packaging

Should I Pursue a Career in Packaging?

Posted by Kristen Wood on Jul 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Few people look at a corrugated cardboard box and think of the many minds behind it.

Nevertheless, countless professionals dedicate their careers to the packaging process. After all, boxes don't design, assemble, or deliver themselves. 

A career in packaging will look a little bit different everywhere you go, but some things are consistent across the industry. If you've been considering a career in packaging, keep reading to learn more about what packaging is all about and if it's a good fit for your skillset.

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Topics: Company & Industry News, Corrugated Packaging

Out of Storage Space? How to Manage Inventory Packaging Logistics

Posted by Kristen Wood on Jun 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The job description of a Warehouse Manager is basically in the title itself: A Warehouse Manager should manage the warehouse. How difficult can such a task be? After all, warehouses are just big buildings with a lot of boxes and heavy equipment.

That is true, but anyone who's spent any time in a warehouse knows that the main problem warehouse managers face is making room for the high volume of inventory inside. 

Depending on your industry, and if shipping is a regular part of what you do, your company may have a lot of products on hand, plus a large collection of cardboard boxes that you use to ship those products. In other words, you need space for your products as well as your packaging. That's a lot of space, and at some point, your company will either outgrow your warehouse or be forced to cut back on inventory.

But there's a third option: Inventory Control. Let's explore how it works.

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Topics: Packaging Inventory Control & Logistics

Why Is Corrugated Cardboard Used for Packaging?

Posted by Kristen Wood on May 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Cardboard is by far the most common packaging material out there. How many shipments have you received lately that arrived in something other than cardboard? Our guess is, not many. 

Take a closer look at your cardboard boxes, and you'll likely notice that inside, they're corrugated. Corrugated cardboard features multiple layers of cardboard. Inside a corrugated design, is the medium, which is textured and resembles waves, and on both sides of the medium is a flat cardboard liner.

There are several reasons corrugated cardboard leads the industry in packaging solutions, and we want to explore those reasons a little more closely.

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Topics: Corrugated Packaging

4 Characteristics of Superior Food Packaging

Posted by Kristen Wood on Apr 23, 2019 8:57:43 AM

On a scale of fragile to indestructible, food items most often fall on the side of fragile. If not properly packaged, fruit and other produce will easily bruise or turn to mush, cakes and pastries will crumble, and meat can easily contaminate other food items. 

These are just a few reasons why it's so important to use quality packaging for food. Packaging is meant to not only keep food in good physical condition, but it should also keep it sanitary. Only the best food packaging does both.

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Topics: Packaging by Industry

What to Look for When Choosing an Automotive Parts Packaging Solutions Provider

Posted by Kristen Wood on Mar 26, 2019 2:49:35 PM

Automotive products require the assembling of hundreds and sometimes thousands of different parts in order to produce the final vehicle. The needed parts are often sourced from many different manufacturers and distributors.

The logistics involved in packaging, shipping, receiving, and storing automotive parts are highly complicated and need to be managed with the utmost care and precision. One breakdown in the process can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

After manufacturing, the next step in the process is proper packaging of the product. Poor packaging decisions can damage the product and interrupt quality control along the supply chain. Here is what you should be looking for when choosing the best automotive parts packaging solutions provider for your manufacturing or distribution company.

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Topics: Packaging by Industry

What Does It Mean to Be AIB Certified?

Posted by Kristen Wood on Mar 26, 2019 2:48:43 PM

As an owner or executive of a bakery, you understand just how important it is to ensure that the packaging solutions for your products meet the highest quality standards possible.

The best packaging solutions will...

  • maintain the freshness of your baked goods,
  • provide proper protection during transport and storage and
  • adhere to the highest safety standards.
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Topics: Packaging by Industry

Celebrating the Grand Opening of Our Hampton County Location!

Posted by Kristen Wood on Feb 3, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Located in Early Branch, South Carolina, Progressive Packaging's new warehouse and distribution center celebrates our commitment to economic development in the Low Country of South Carolina.

Ultimately, our goal is to bring our entire business model from our headquarters in Simpsonville, SC to Hampton County by installing converting machines, which will enable us to manufacture boxes and packaging materials as well as house and distribute them. 

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Topics: Company & Industry News