Bag in Box? … get rid of it!

I’m reposting this article in light of a recent initiative by the folks at Malt-O-Meal; @MaltOMeal .  Here is a link to their Bag the Box initiative:  http://bagthebox.com/ .  Read on for an additional perspective yielding the same great results.

We all see it everyday in the grocery aisle; a box with a bag of food inside.  The box (folding carton, chip board carton) of course serves as a “great billboard to market the product to the consumer”.  However it just doesn’t make sense anymore.  The flexographic printing capabilities for film have come a long way.  Printed film creates a great looking package and it is very functional in bringing product to the consumer.  Printed film diminshes the need for the the wasteful carton; an obvious benefit to the consumer.  And at a huge cost savings to the manufacturer/copacker!  How? … Simple.

Cost of Printed Film per Package vs. Cost of Plain Film and Printed Carton – Printed Film wins hands down as the low cost alternative!

Cost of operating Vertical or Horizontal Form/Fill and Conveyor (Printed Film) vs. Cost of operating Vertical or Horizontal Form Fill, Conveyeo, Cartoner, and Conveyor (Plain Film and Carton) – Printed Film wins again as the low cost alternative!

Cost of Labor (# of employees required) for Vertical or Horizontal Form/Fill and Conveyor (Printed Film) vs. Cost of Labor (# of employees required) Vertical or Horizontal Form Fill, Conveyeo, Cartoner, and Conveyor (Plain Film and Carton) – Printed Film wins yet again as the low cost alternative!

Continue to look at the cost of corrugated shippers: Printed Film/Bags would reduce the size of the shipper required. – WIN!

Smaller corrugated shipper would equate to increased case count per pallet. – WIN!

Increased case count per pallet equates to more product per truckload. – WIN!

This is just scracthing the surface folks and we are close to removing $0.10 from the per package cost.  At 1 million packages run, that is a savings of $100,000.00!  Who wants to walk away from that and why?

-Michael O’Keefe is the Director of Sales at Pioneer Packaging in Chicago

Tel. 847-357-0010

Email. mokeefe@pioneerchicago.com

@chgopackaging

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Composite Cans – Lower Cost Packaging Option

Many companies are replacing their metal and plastic cans with a more environmentally responsible paperboard composite can.  These cans are made with 100% recycled paperboard spiral wound into a strong high performance container; a high barrier liner is added for some products, as well as a fresh seal membrane top or a plastic re-closable top.   

Paperboard composite cans are food safe and provide excellent barrier properties to keep the food fresh.

A smooth surface provides an excellent area for high quality graphics.  A printed paper label is applied as the can is produced or when the can is filled.

Composite Cans made with paperboard require less energy to manufacture than metal cans and the paperboard makes up the majority of the containers weight.

Many sizes can be produced without the requirement of additional tooling and dies.  Also many different skus can be produced within a run with a simple label changeover.

Most importantly, paperboard composite cans are a lower cost packaging option.  Your company will save money by switching over to paperboard composite cans. 

If your company already packages their products in paperboard composite cans you need to know that there are other suppliers out here besides the giant you may be purchasing from. 

I have had much success in transitioning companies from being dependent on the giant manufacturer to becoming a partner with companies like mine; resulting in more choice and lower costs.

-Michael O’Keefe is the Director of Sales at Pioneer Packaging in Chicago

Tel. 847-357-0010

Email. mokeefe@pioneerchicago.com

@chgopackaging

“This article may be freely reprinted or distributed in its entirety in any e-zine, newsletter, blog or website. The author’s name, bio and website links must remain intact and be included with every reproduction.”