Progressive Packaging Blog

10 Facts About Corrugated Cardboard Most People Don't Know

Posted by Kristen Wood on May 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

At Progressive Packaging, we live and breathe corrugated cardboard packaging. Because we spend so much of our time designing, assembling, shipping, and storing it, we often forget all of the little things that make corrugated cardboard so unique in the first place.

Today, we're sharing with you 10 of what we consider to be the most interesting facts about corrugated cardboard. Some of these facts might be worth mentioning to a customer of yours; others might be purely fun and worth dropping in a lunch conversation with friends. Nevertheless, these 10 facts will leave you a little more educated about corrugated cardboard packaging than you were when you started reading. Enjoy!  

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Topics: Corrugated Packaging

How Is Corrugated Cardboard Packaging Made?

Posted by Kristen Wood on Apr 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever stopped to think how corrugated cardboard packaging is made? How does that rippled inner layer get there? How are those layers so securely bonded to the outer layers? Furthermore, how is corrugated cardboard efficiently made available in so many shapes and sizes?

We'll answer these questions and more in today's blog.

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Topics: Corrugated Packaging

Tips for Packaging and Shipping Cosmetics

Posted by Kristen Wood on Mar 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Millions of packages get shipped every day. While most of these corrugated cardboard boxes look the same, it goes without saying that their contents vary widely. Depending on the product, different packaging specifications may be necessary in order to ensure efficiency during production and fulfillment as well as safety during transit.

Consider cosmetics, for example. Beauty products exist in a variety of consistencies (liquids, powders, gels), and they come in all types of packages (soft and hard plastics and even glass). They should be packaged and shipped with these considerations in mind, especially when shipping large quantities together.

In today's blog, we want to explore the options and best recommendations for packaging and shipping beauty products safely and cost effectively. This will also help you understand what a packaging company's approach should be when designing packaging for your cosmetic shipment.

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Topics: Packaging by Industry, Corrugated Packaging

Best Practices for Maintaining a Warehouse with Packaging Materials

Posted by Kristen Wood on Feb 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The foundational rule for maintaining a warehouse is to have a system and stick to it. Every warehouse manager's system is different in form and function, but the key is to establish a process and carry it out.

In this blog, we will provide some best practices that when implemented will make your warehouse process run at the highest possible level of efficiency and quality. Let's dive in.

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Topics: Packaging Inventory Control & Logistics

Signs Your Business Should Be Outsourcing Hand Assembly and Fulfillment

Posted by Kristen Wood on Jan 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Does your business manage all of its own hand assembly and fulfillment? Many do. Sometimes a company can handle this role effectively, and sometimes it can't. Usually, when a company realizes that they're falling short in the assembly and fulfillment department, they decide to outsource the work to a packaging provider that can do the work more efficiently. 

Should your company be outsourcing hand assembly and fulfillment? Perhaps. By asking yourself a few basic questions and answering them honestly, you can easily determine whether outsourcing is necessary in order to achieve your business's optimal productivity.

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Topics: Packaging Inventory Control & Logistics

How to Reconcile Sustainable Packaging with the Consumer's Need for More

Posted by Kristen Wood on Dec 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Online shopping has never been so popular as it is today. With a steady uptick in consumer purchases, there's also an increase in demand for packaging to fulfill those purchases.

In many ways, this is great for our economy, but in other ways it presents a unique challenge. That challenge is sustainability. How does a packaging company take the time and put in the effort required to practice sustainability when immediate consumer demand is so high? 

The irony of this predicament for companies that ship to consumers is that consumers claim to support companies that practice sustainability, but they don't always reward these companies with their business. This presents a challenge for business owners and those in charge of packaging procurement.

However, with the right information and strategic planning, these challenges can be addressed.

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Topics: Packaging and Sustainability

4 Environmental Benefits of Sustainable Packaging

Posted by Kristen Wood on Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We talk a lot about sustainable packaging, but unless sustainable packaging is defined against measurable standards, then it's nothing more than a buzzword.

Buzzwords might catch people's attention, but they don't make a lasting impact. Our vision at Progressive Packaging is to actually practice sustainability, not just dialogue about it. As long as sustainability is one of our company's core drivers, we will continue to measure the impact our sustainable packaging practices are having on the environment.

In order for any business to determine whether its sustainability practices are environmentally successful, they must look at their impact in four areas.

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Topics: Packaging and Sustainability

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