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Sourcing Globally--Hire An Agent Or Do It Myself?

Using an agent or doing it yourself can both work effectively.  However, doing it yourself is much riskier, unless you have an experienced person in whichever overseas country you are dealing with to manage the project

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When Sourcing Globally Boots On The Ground WINS Every Single Time

The key difference between the "big boys" in any industry, and those who are always one step behind when dealing with offshore suppliers, is the fact that the latter does not have what is referred to as "boots on the ground."

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Should I Hire A Freight Forwarder or Let The Factory Handle?

There will always be companies that feel squeezing every penny from every part of an order is the best way to run a business. Unfortunately, these companies also think this will work with freight from overseas suppliers. However, one of the most misunderstood and frustrating components is shipping.

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10 Steps To Managing An Order Successfully From Overseas

This isn't rocket science, but we have perfected this process over the years.  We copied exactly what the major retailers do (our COO is former Kmart exec).  Some things may seem trivial but we know how critical all the pieces need to work in order to not only source properly but deliver on time.

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Consumer Buy Retail Packaging With Their Eyes

We are all consumers in some way or another. We all walk down store aisles and have that talk with ourselves as we look at the products we are interested in. We'll pick up something, read the packaging, look at the ingredients and calorie count and most likely review the size of the packaged product.

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Supply Chain Options During Coronavirus

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Domestic or Overseas Suppliers for Printed Retail Packaging?

12-15 Week Lead Times For Domestic Suppliers--Now What?

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The Coronavirus and Your Company--3 Things To Know

by David Marinac | February 3, 2020 | 0 Comments | Supply Chain Management

Forbes Magazine recently wrote a great article on what companies should do regarding the Coronavirus that originated in China.  While taking this health issue very seriously is a good first step, widespread panic is not!  More people will die from the flu than this illness and the fact that the media has jumped all over this to draw viewers and readers is rather pathetic.  

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Why You Need to Rethink Your Product Packaging NOW

by David Marinac | January 5, 2018 | 1 Comment | Supply Chain Management

CPG companies in North America (the United States, in particular) need to take a long hard look at their success at the retail store level and, for once, consider the effect their packaging is having on that success (or lack thereof).  

Just one walk down a local grocery aisle, or even a major retailer like Walmart, and we are overwhelmed with The Sea of the Same™ — the same folding cartons, cereal boxes and yes… stand up pouches, just printed differently, of course.

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Rigid vs. Flexible Packaging: Which Will Increase Savings & Sales?

by Bridget O'Donnell | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments | Supply Chain Management

Are you ready to make the switch from rigid to flexible packaging?

According to a recent study by the FPA, a change as simple as switching to flexible packaging can improve product sales, decrease costs and increase a product’s appeal with consumers.  

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