Ready for Normal 2.0? Recovery Checklist in 3 Steps

By Per Ohstrom, fractional CMO with Chief Outsiders As companies emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown into a new business reality, the winners will be those who stay focused on what the market needs.  We know the recession will reduce sales opportunities in many sectors, but there are bright spots. Sales in the grocery supply chain are up, as … [Read more...]

The Biggest Marketing Mistake B2B Companies Make in a Recession

"When faced with an economic downturn, smart B2B firms don’t reduce their marketing presence, they use the situation to their advantage." by Hillary Femal, Principal, Freshwater Marketing Based on decades of research on business spend and performance before, during, and after past recessions, here’s how to avoid making the biggest marketing … [Read more...]

How to Reduce DIM Weight Charges When Shipping Your Products

When ecommerce stores and retailers ship their first large boxes, they’re usually surprised by the added cost that comes when the carrier charges by size instead of weight. Sometimes this dimensional weight (DIM weight) can cause a significant increase in price that’ll harm profitability. Carriers such as USPS, FedEx, and UPS will calculate DIM … [Read more...]

How plastic pallet company iGPS went from a startup to becoming the leading provider of sustainable plastic pallets in North America

by Melody Yuan  Pallets “are the industrial equivalent of oxygen,” according to Jonathan Victor, co-founder of Balmoral Funds, a private equity firm in Los Angeles. They are often invisible to the average person, seemingly ubiquitous and taken for granted, yet they perform an important role in the functions of daily life. Pallets are … [Read more...]

Modern-day heroes: Trucking community keeps supply chain moving

Motor carriers taking extra precautions amid COVID-19 SAVANNAH, Ga., May 5, 2020 - As the nation faces concerns over COVID-19, Eric McCray realizes that the trucking community is the heartbeat of America, keeping the supply chain moving and store shelves stocked. "Our drivers are essential workers," said McCray, director of human … [Read more...]

Introducing the New EuroBin Extended Length

by Rodney Salmon IPL Macro recently launched our new EuroBin Extended Length series. The new extended length option provides OEM’s and Tier suppliers with a returnable packaging application designed for larger components. We listened to OEMs, Tier Suppliers and LLP’s to develop an application that fits seamlessly into their supply chain. … [Read more...]

3 Ways A Global Packaging Marketplace Can Boost Growth For Indie Suppliers

by Sally Fink The OPN Platform is a global packaging marketplace designed to connect buyers, suppliers, and vendors quickly.  You know how it goes. You took the plunge to start your own business and now you’re facing the prospect of finding customers and entering an already established market. The good news is thanks to industry 4.0, the … [Read more...]

RPA Statement on Coronavirus and Reusable Packaging

March 20, 2020 - The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) is offering information to explain that the commercial application of reusable packaging following recognized best practices for handling and cleaning does not increase the risk of exposure or infection by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has stated … [Read more...]

Recommendations for preventing pest contamination of pallets and containers 

Did you know that ISPM 15 compliant wood pallets, as well as exempt pallets made from other materials, may still be at risk of contamination by invasive species known as “hitchhikers?” These basic steps can help. The movement of any commodity or conveyance bears some risk of transporting invasive species through either infestation or … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Help Reduce Stretch Film Waste

Manufacturing plants handle tons of products every single day. Since people depend on warehouses to do a tremendous amount of work, warehouse workers aren’t necessarily concerned with waste; however, this important issue must be addressed. Stretch film accounts for 12.2 percent of all plastic in the waste stream every year. Companies are so focused … [Read more...]