Reducing Supply Chain Waste by Improving Plastic Food Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

We're always looking out for ways to improve not just our own packaging solutions, but the way that the plastics industry at large functions. You know that at PI, we always keep an eye out for illuminating new data, and a recent study out of Australia caught our attention.[1] This study explores food waste throughout the supply chain, and how plastic food packaging can reduce it—and here at PI, we have a few ideas of our own.

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Packaging Particulars Part 4: Retail Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

No matter the value of what you're selling, you want it to always look its best and be protected in a retail environment. That's why the best plastic manufacturers have the same philosophy we do at PI: There's no such thing as one-size-fits-all packaging for retail. We always take the steps that any quality plastic manufacturer should, because success in the world of retail is highly dependent on how the products are presented to the customer in the store. See the klockner pntaplast eyetracking study report to see how different packaging options can make a difference to the bottom line.

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Packaging Particulars Part 3: Electronics

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

Electronics concentrate high value into a small product, which poses a unique challenge to plastic manufacturers responsible for advising companies on how best to package the product. Consumers have to be able to clearly see the product from outside the plastic packaging, but the packaging must also be adequately secure to prevent theft. And these aren't even the only challenges inherent to the design and manufacture of packaging for electronics. At PI, we've seen and done it all—here are just a few of the considerations that regularly accompany this type of plastic manufacturing.

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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 8: Series Recap

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

From PET to ABS, we've covered a lot of ground in our first blog series—and a lot of plastic! If you've followed along, you've learned that while there are plenty of materials you can work with, none of them are perfect. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, both in production and as far as the consumer is concerned. When you know the ins and outs of all of them, though, you're well-equipped to choose the material that's best-suited for your needs.

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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 7: ABS

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Also known as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, this material is a combination of styrene, butadiene and acrylic. What does all that add up to, exactly? A high-gloss, high-impact resistant, rigid material used everywhere from hospitals to preschools around the world.

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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 4: CPET

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

PET plastics are popular for plenty of reasons, not the least of which is their clarity—remember, this is a plastic that you use when you want to show off your product. If you don't necessarily need something transparent, but you want something strong and resilient, CPET could be exactly what you're looking for.

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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 3: PETG

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Once you get past the basic types of PET plastics, you get into the modified copolymers—these are PET plastics that have been treated with something that changes its structure. Today, I want to introduce PETG plastic, otherwise known as polyethylene terephthalate - glycol modified.

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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 2: PET Plastics

Posted by Rob Helmke | Wednesday, December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

From our last blog post, you now know a little about polyethylene terephthalates, or PET plastics. You know that this type of plastic is a staple in food and beverage packaging. It's also used in the packaging of plenty of other products, though not necessarily ones you want to eat or drink—PET is a mainstay for packaging things like cosmetics and cleaning chemicals. Just look at the recycling code on any PET plastic package, and you'll see: It's number one.

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Packaging Solutions for Retail Stocking

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

 

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Considerations for Selecting Product Packaging for Retail

Posted by Rob Helmke | Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

After a product is created, the way it is displayed in the packaging is another important aspect. Depending upon the store where this merchandise will be sold determines what the packaging should look like as well as how it should be displayed. Retail stores come in a variety of shapes and sizes; and because of this, retailers face some challenges when deciding what is the most suitable format of packaging for their merchandise.

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