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Inside Report: The Best Tools To Work With Chinese Suppliers

Posted by David Marinac


Many companies want to purchase their flexible retail packaging from Chinese suppliers but have no idea where to start or who to trust.  Packaging your product properly is of utmost importance as you cannot afford to have any negative element such as odor, vapor, moisture, or even UV rays ruin your chances on a retail store shelf.  We are grateful that our clients ask us for guidance and as a result we have put together this guide on tools we use on a regular basis in order to communicate effectively with our overseas suppliers. NOTE…many of the tools we use regularly in the US and North America are not, again, not available in China.  The Chinese government has come a long way in easing restrictions but there are still many sites and tools that are not available.


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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Inside Report: The Real Cost of Shipping Flexible Packaging From China

Posted by David Marinac


We are asked many times from customers both large and small what is the best way to ship from China for their printed flexible packaging and other types of protective packaging. Having been in this industry for over 30 years we have learned a thing or two and believe our insight can be helpful. The Chinese have a very unique way of doing things and knowing how they operate and what is most important to them and how this will affect your orders for flexible retail packaging can make all the difference to a successful relationship with overseas suppliers.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

The Best Way To Use Chinese Suppliers For Flexible Retail Packaging

Posted by David Marinac


We have heard from countless clients who have attempted to use overseas suppliers for their flexible retail packaging only to become completely frustrated, exasperated, and downright angry at a process that many would feel is flawed yet at the same time holds so much promise for cost reductions and improved quality and efficiency for protective packaging.  Dealing with overseas suppliers such as Chinese factories can and will work if, and only if, you know what you are doing and ask for help along the way.

The key to successfully working with overseas suppliers is to have representation and support from people who have your best interest in mind.  Often a company will reach out and connect with an Asian company via Alibaba or other overseas website portal and “chat” with someone having an American sounding name like Sam or Alice (remember rarely can you pick up the phone and call them…you can chat and send emails back and forth).  When someone tries to go it alone and handle things themselves, without question, 100% of the time, they will lose, end of story.  This isn’t meant to say they were screwed or that overseas companies cannot deliver, quite the contrary, but I am emphasizing the need for representation and support from a company that understands the culture, language, and nuances of the Chinese people and more importantly with the executive management of these companies, as they will be the ones making final decisions on your project.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Inside Report: Problems When Using Chinese Manufacturing for Retail Packaging

Posted by David Marinac

We have so many customers who come to us after they have used Chinese manufacturing for their retail packaging wondering why they tried to go this route alone.  They are desperate, frustrated, and often out tens of thousands of dollars and still don’t have their stand up pouches, barrier bags, or other type of printed retail packaging.  Chinese manufacturing for protective packaging can work but there are serious issues and problems that any size firm must be prepared to deal with. 


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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Foil Pouches for Retail Packaging – Clear Film Versus Foil

Posted by David Marinac

If you are reading this, it's likely you are already aware that a foil pouch is an outstanding example of retail packaging that protects and keeps its contents fresher for longer. Perhaps you even use them to promote your brand. If so, you have first-hand experience with the strength, durability, versatility, convenience and value of foil pouches. There is a decision you have to make though:  What material should serve as the barrier for your retail packaging?  Clear film or opaque foil?  Let's compare them both.

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Topics: Custom Printed Flexible Packaging

Coffee Packaging Bags – A Review of Styles and Features

Posted by David Marinac

Many of our customers ask what the best options are for coffee packaging bags.  Being a leader in the flexible packaging industry for over 30 years we are more than happy to oblige.  Coffee packaging bags are made from layers of laminated barrier film that are designed to protect the precious coffee (whether ground or whole bean) from moisture, vapor, odor, or any other negative elements. Historically one of the main layers of coffee packaging bags was aluminum foil, thought to be the best material available (at one time it was). However, new film structures and new coffee bag styles are taking the industry by storm.

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Topics: Coffee and Tea Packaging

Coffee Bags For Sale – A Packaging Partner Versus A Supplier

Posted by David Marinac

A coffee roaster will often ask if we have coffee bags for sale and I want to answer (but I don’t) do you want a packaging partner for just a supplier?  There is a big difference.  So regardless if you are packaging coffee beans, ground coffee, or flavored coffee, I wanted to take the time to explain the differences between the two.

Rigid Versus Flexible

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Topics: Custom Printed Flexible Packaging

Coffee Bags: The 3 P's Of Custom Printed Coffee Packaging

Posted by David Marinac

We have been asked many times for our opinion of the best type of coffee bags and why custom printed coffee packaging is so important for retail success.  With over 30 years of experience dealing with this most precious commodity, we are happy to help.  There are 3 key elements to successful printed coffee packaging and that we refer to as the 3 Ps…sounds cheesy but stick with me.  The 3 Ps are Protect, Promote, and Purchase.

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Topics: Coffee and Tea Packaging

Printed Coffee Bags: Pacific Bag Versus Roastar, Which Is Better?

Posted by David Marinac

Having been in the flexible packaging business for over 30 years, many of our clients will tend to ask similar questions such as what is the best material for my printed coffee bags or who makes the best gas release valves for coffee packaging, etc.  In this blog post we are answering a question we heard recently and that was even more direct, “Which company is better for printed coffee bags, Pacific Bag or Roastar?  I hope this information is helpful.

Roastar is based in Wausau, Wisconsin and Pacific Bag is in Woodville, Washington

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Topics: Coffee and Tea Packaging

5 Problems With Foil Coffee Bags—An Honest Review

Posted by David Marinac

Having been in the flexible packaging business for over 30 years, we get asked a lot of questions.  A number of those questions pertain to concerns and worries companies have using foil coffee bags. Foil coffee bags and pouches have been used for a long time and much has changed over the years, and it is our hope that these 5 bullet points are helpful for coffee roasters, coffee retailers, and anyone else using coffee packaging.

Times have changed but one thing continues to remain, and that is the need to properly protect what many of us consider a precious commodity, the coffee bean. Here are 5 potential problems with foil coffee bags along with some simple solutions.

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Topics: Coffee and Tea Packaging