Author: Bradley Dunlap

Mission: Packaging 2017 – Mission 7: Seal Security in E-commerce

E-commerce has boomed over the past decade, and the trend won’t be slowing down! According to BigCommerce.com, e-commerce is growing 23% year-over-year, and 67% of Millennials reportedly prefer shopping online versus shopping in brick-and-mortar retail stores. With more and more people shopping online and more businesses offering online retail, the packaging industry has needed to adjust to accommodate more single-parcel shipping and ensure secure carton seals.  E-commerce has boomed over the past decade, and the trend won’t be slowing down! According to BigCommerce.com, e-commerce is growing 23% year-over-year, and 67% of Millennials reportedly prefer shopping online versus shopping in brick-and-mortar...

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What does it mean for packaging tape to be “Good to the Core?”

When packaging pros refer to a roll of tape as being “Good to the Core,” they are referring to the ability to utilize every linear inch of tape from the roll, all the way down to the corrugate core. Why does it matter if there is tape left at the end of a roll? While it may not always be a priority for the types of tape we use at home, Good-to-the-Core tape is essential for manufacturers to use on their packaging lines because it prevents costly waste and downtime. In industrial facilities, when Good-to-the-Core tapes are not utilized,...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Challenge Six: Never Stop Improving

Packaging professionals and manufacturers are all-too familiar with Overall Equipment Effectiveness. OEE is one way that efficiency on the packaging line is measured, and is constantly being monitored for improvement opportunities. In order to understand OEE better, our Mission: Packaging students did some research and asked professionals in their networks how it is measured, what factors impact it, and why it matters. Read on below to see what they learned: Caroline: Calculation is Crucial Behind every package, complicated or simple, lies a dynamic manufacturing system that directly contributes to the cost and quality of the packaged product. Inevitably, with...

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What are the key issues manufacturers face with carton sealing?

Reacting to production slow-downs and unexpected issues is all in a day’s work for manufacturers and distributors that operate packaging lines. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to anticipate some of the issues and prepare for them? That’s why we are sharing three common problems that occur on packaging lines. Each of these can be avoided, but being unarmed with a solution can result in costly negative consequences: 1. Production malfunctions including tape not sticking to cartons, broken tape, and uncut tape. These issues often cause downtime in production as the situation is assessed and resolved, as...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Challenge Five: Experience of Packaging

When you are shopping for something specific but don’t have a particular brand in mind, do you tend to choose the one that looks the best from the outside? Have you ever avoided buying a certain product because the packaging is flimsy or damaged? Many of us – whether we realize it or not – associate quality with nicer packaging. For mission five, we had our students share their thoughts on how the experience of packaging impacts a customer’s perception of a brand, and what types of packaging draw them towards – or turn them away from – one...

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