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Stand Up Pouches - Product Packaging Done Right

Learn How Your Brand Can ‘Stand Up & Stand Out’ From David Marinac

Posted by Brittany Nader

There’s a new type of packaging taking the retail industry by storm. The days of bulky boxes and flimsy containers are gone, as stand up pouches are quickly becoming the preferred choice for major brands. Why are big-name companies like Kraft and Nestle choosing flexible retail packaging to hold their products? The advantages are numerous, and it has become easier than ever to level the playing field for smaller businesses looking to present their quality products in superior packaging.

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Why Having Your Artwork for Stand Up Pouches Makes a Difference

Posted by Mallory Fetchu

This post originally appeared in February 2014 on StandUpPouches.net's Help Center blog. It has been edited for clarity.

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Importing Retail Packaging Into US – What You Need To Know Right Now!

Posted by David Marinac

 

We’ve been in the retail packaging business for over 30 years and are fortunate to have survived many interesting situations that have affected our industry.  These include oil shortages and drastic pricing spikes (oil is key ingredient for many types of retail packaging), fires and unexpected plant closures at massive resin manufacturers, Sept 11, trucking slowdowns and finally port strikes.  They keys to survival is to have a plan and backup plans that you can rely on at a moment’s notice.

As leaders in the flexible retail packaging industry for items such as custom stand up bags and other types of barrier packaging, our clients count on us to guide them through any type of bump in the road and we are in the midst of one right now that we feel you should know about and prepare for.

To be clear, this information pertains to any company importing not just protective packaging but anything from overseas.  As I mentioned earlier having a plan is the first step and then implementing it as needed.

What We Know:

  • Summer of 2014 talk of a new contract between employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in Long Beach-Los Angeles ports gets “hot” and employers suspend night shifts
  • ILWU issues a slowdown and reduces crane operators from 110 per day to 35
  • Contract negotiations get heated yet no official “strike” is issued (which means both sides will continue to talk)…(NOTE: normally this would be a good thing but the slowdown is worse than a strike as the US government would get involved with a strike…a slowdown they are staying out of it—at least so far)
  • Backups (see picture) of container ships off the coast of Long Beach start happening.
  • Sailings from Asia for All Products (not just retail packaging) is off by at least 3 weeks.
  • Now ILWU is charging “additional fees” for unloading containers (think legal extortion)

 

What Happened Next:

  • Since ships destined for Long Beach – Los Angeles cannot be re-routed once they arrive… they are forced to just sit there
  • Delays and product spoilage is occurring for perishable products
  • Containers are delayed 4-6 weeks resulting in canceled orders, lost revenue, insurance claims for spoiled items
  • Many companies decided to ship to Seattle – Tacoma to avoid delays in Long Beach area (for new shipments, fyi)
  • ILWU contacted Seattle-Tacoma union and “suggested” they slow down as well (should be severe penalties for this!)

 

Now:

  • Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles remain severely backed up
  • Seattle-Tacoma ports are now backed up (overwhelmed with new containers + they have decided to use their leverage and slow down per ILWU suggestion)

 

What Are Your Options and What Should You Do (depends on where in US you are):

  1. East coast ports are NOT affiliated with ILWU. Consider shipping to New York-New Jersey or even Savannah, Georgia. 
    1. Longer sailing time on the water 3-4 days but faster unloading and shipping
    2. Ship rail or truck as needed (even consider rail and truck back to West Coast)
  2. Air + Sea + Truck
    1. Ship what you absolutely need by AIR (not as expensive as you think) then ship the balance by Sea and add in extra time for congestion delays then by truck once it arrives (if you want to still ship via West Coast)
  3. Add 3-4 weeks to normal “lead time” and ship as you normally do (if shipping Sea to West Coast)
  4. Ship AIR (airport to airport)
    1. Many carriers (will ship full pallets by AIR)…very cost effective
    2. However you’ll need to arrange for pickup at the airport (Customs fees, duties, taxes, insurance, etc) (or have your logistics company arrange this)
  5. Buy from domestic supplier
    1. If this is even an option and this usually means higher per piece prices
    2. The right supplier will have these options as needed…but price and quality from overseas is still a great advantage.
  6. Count on your existing supplier! Order more than you need initially (a little forecasting ahead) and allow them to hold and release your product from their US warehouse.  This IS Supply Chain in its truest form.  Let your supplier hold your inventory and work off of your production requirements and deliver when and where you need it.  Plan ahead and let your supplier help you.  If they won’t help you (find a new supplier!)

What the unions and their employers are doing on the west coast (for allowing things to go this long and get this bad) is borderline criminal!  At a time when our economy is showing signs of life again these two sides cannot find common ground…then they are charging exorbitant rates to do what they are supposed to do as part of their job (unload containers at a reasonable time)…something must change.

According to JOC.com, a leader in global intelligence for trade, transportation and logistics professionals, many companies are moving their sea freight to East coast ports and not coming back (of course until the East coast ports do something to screw up this golden goose).  We applaud this action but know that sometimes this isn’t an option.  Consider the information provided above for alternatives.

In closing, don’t try to handle these things by yourself.  The retail packaging industry is littered with companies who have lost thousands of dollars and months of delays trying to “yell and make demands” on their suppliers in these situations (for example…if it isn’t here by next Tuesday I’m canceling the order).  The purpose of this post is to hopefully shed light into what has and is happening with your imported products.  This isn’t a supplier problem you are having (see picture of boats lined up at port of Long Beach) or even a logistics problem either.  All of us are being screwed by the ILWU union and their employers.  Move your products AWAY from these ports and hit them where it hurts…their wallets…and remind them when they come groveling back for work (you can be sure they will) why you left.

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What's the 411 on Pouch Barcode Protocol?

Posted by Jamie Berling

It’s your product, package it properly.” That’s our motto here at StandUpPouches.Net and we’re here to help see it through. In order to ensure the packaging process runs as efficiently as possible, there are some things you need to be aware of on your end. One issue that occasionally comes into play deals with the barcode. What you need to know about barcodes, layout size, font, location, and pouch placement is provided in the resources listed below.

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Pouch Packaging – The Best Options For Your Products

Posted by David Marinac

We are often asked, “What is the best pouch packaging for my product?”  That’s a great question that has many different variables and options to it.  As experts in the flexible packaging business, which includes pouch packaging, we are happy to answer this question.  There are many options to choose from.  But first, I have a few general statements.  Flexible packaging, such as stand up pouches, spouted stand bags for liquids, and even rollstock is made from multiple layers of engineered barrier film which are laminated together to create a structure that is incredibly strong and durable so it can stand if necessary, withstand puncture, and have the barrier properties to protect the contents from moisture, vapor, odor, even UV rays. This combination of strength and protection makes pouch bags very popular for packaging retail products.

Some of the more popular styles of pouch packaging include:


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Metalized Film (not foil) Laminated Barrier Structures

Posted by David Marinac

Test Data and Properties Of Several Available Metalized Barrier Structures

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Stand Up Pouches: Most Cost Effective Dry Food Packaging

Posted by David Marinac

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Stock Stand Up Pouches For Pet Food Packaging

Posted by David Marinac

5 Things to Keep in Mind

One of the fastest growing segments of the packaging industry is the use of stand up pouches for pet food packaging. Whether a client is looking to package a series of dog treats, moist cat food, or an all natural mix of oats and grains, stand up pouches can be counted on to protect these items from moisture, vapor, and odor damage. Further, the wide face on the front and the back allow for easy application of a printed label and also provide a large area for custom printed artwork.

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Need Liquid Packaging? Consider the Spout Pouch.

Posted by David Marinac

If you're in the liquids, sauces, juices, baby food business...then we want to talk to you! If you're looking for innovative ideas for packaging liquids, be sure to consider spouted pouches. Watch this video to learn more.

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How Zipper Pouches Can Open The Door To Higher Profits

Posted by David Marinac

Any retailer will tell you that today's consumer is most definitely a savvy shopper. Manufacturers of consumer products are under more and more pressure to make their products more appealing to shoppers, lest they lose their business to one of the many competitors in the market. As a result, many companies are relying on retail packaging innovations to make their goods more appealing. One such type of packaging that is having a sizeable impact on the retail industry are stand up pouches.

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