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Prepare for Chinese New Year by Placing Packaging Orders by Oct. 31

Chinese New Year 2018

With the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how upcoming holidays in China will affect shipping, transportation and overall operations for your business.

The Chinese New Year, beginning Feb. 16, 2018, marks a period in which the country’s residents celebrate traditions and customs unique to their heritage and culture. As such, the entire mainland shuts down for weeks after the celebration, which will affect international shipments and impact the logistics involved with getting your packaging completed and delivered on time. 

Although based in the U.S., we take a hybrid approach to manufacturing and supplying flexible retail packaging — it is our belief that successful supply chains balance cost efficiencies with quality, superior customer services, and the delivery of affordable packaging that performs exceptionally well. Manufacturing our innovative packaging within plants in China allows us to run a wide range of volumes and create customized, scientifically advanced stand up pouches that adhere to current quality standards and certifications. This ensures our clients are receiving the best packaging available globally. Though we hold all inventory in the United States, it’s imperative that customers place their orders well in advance so we can guarantee it arrives where they need it, when they need it.

We encourage our customers, or those considering switching to flexible retail packaging, to place ALL orders before Oct. 31 of this year. That way, you can guarantee your high-quality pouches and barrier bags will arrive within your required timeframe.

Our blend of overseas partners and domestic support staff ensures we are working with each customer 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce high-quality, retail-ready packaging that best protects their product and is delivered when and where it needs to be. Now is the time to start planning ahead so we can best accommodate your business needs — whether you’re looking for custom printed pouches or other unique packaging styles, we’re here to guide you through each project and make ordering and shipping as efficient as possible.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Brittany Nader

Written by Brittany Nader

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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