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Labor, a major controllable element of contract-packaging costs, can make or break a project. With compressed margins, contract packagers are seeking any opportunity to reduce operating costs.

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This green palletising solution has been available in South Africa for three years through sole agent, Port Elizabeth-based Baypac. Company co-owner, Dave Louw, reports interest has ‘grown tremendously’ and, from a zero base, there are now 24 local adoptees, and it’s being applied across several industries, from fertiliser to frozen food.

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THESE days, good green practices have a place on everyone’s agenda and Cadbury’s Packaging Strategy is no different. However, it comes with its own set of challenges.

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Water-based adhesive applicator systems securely unitize pallets of tomatoes, eliminating the need for hot-melt glue and stretch wrap.

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Corrugated pallets and non-slip spray adhesive help this manufacturer ship increased loads and garner customer satisfaction.

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Little HUG and other juice drinks are packaged in graphics-intense, multicolor cases that bold 24 to 48 8-oz bottles. With a target audience of moms, kids and teenagers, case graphics in grocery distribution are an important component of point-of-purchase presentation.

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Plastic wrap has long been the standard means of containing palletized shipments. But for companies with specialized loads, heavy unloading damage and environmental concerns, there is an alternative. Deborah Aarts explains.

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Labor, a major controllable element of contract-packaging costs, can make or break a project. With compressed margins, contract packagers are seeking any opportunity to reduce operating costs.

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Creating stable pallet loads in a cost-effective manner is a very common problem for flour mills, mainly because dust accumulates on flour bags, making them slippery and difficult to stabilize. However, Rocky Mountain Flour Milling LLC, Platteville, CO (970- 785-2794), and Horizon Milling, Albany, NY (518-447-1700), have found a way around this material-handling problem.

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Improving your end-of-the-line shipping functions such as palletizing and unitizing can send money straight to the bank. Keep in mind, it's always about material flow.

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By switching from case stabilized with cornerboards to a unitizing agent , the retail giant saves material costs and labor, while also reducing solid waste.

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Plagued by the safety hazard of falling and breaking cement bags, Lafarge North America found a solution that not only improved safety and reduced costs, but also increased customer satisfaction. A product from Lock n' Pop achieved both safety and savings objectives.

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