What Is A Powerful Packaging Partner And How To Spot One
Successful brand owners need to effectively assemble and manage a wide range of resources. Critical in this process is the selection of supply chain partners who possess three foundational attributes that can be relied upon to consistently deliver across a range of key performance dimensions. While each attribute and performance dimension is important individually, the synergy created when all three of them join forces can have wide ranging impact on a brand’s top and bottom lines. When this convergence occurs, you’ve moved beyond the standard business relationship and entered the realm of working with a Powerful Packaging Partner. Read more on “LPS Industries – Your Powerful Packaging Partner” »
LPS Industries could have easily decided long ago to offshore some of our production, but we chose not to do so because we feel strongly that there is too much at stake. In addition to providing meaningful employment for our family of long-term, loyal employees and the security that employment provides for their families, the impact and benefits of American-based manufacturing are woven throughout the fabric of our society. Benefits of U.S.-based manufacturing include:
- Wage laws, child labor laws and worker safety regulations are observed in contrast with countries who exploit workers to help support lower prices
- Product safety standards are upheld so risks such as exposure to unidentified lead content are avoided
- US manufacturing processes are better for the environment
- Creating jobs for Americans means more income flowing through local economies and more tax revenue to support our infrastructure
Read more on “Why “Made in the USA” Matters to LPS Industries” »
Striking a balance between challenges and opportunities when dealing with end-of-packaging-life challenges
(Moonachie, NJ – August 2016) The benefits of flexible packaging reach across a great number of industries from food products to medical devices. Today’s flexible packaging material and construction technologies offer many advantages, including content protection, improved shelf life and marketing appeal. However, they also present distinct challenges with respect to the waste stream and end-of-packaging-life considerations. Worldwide government initiatives are pushing a more eco-friendly agenda while growing consumer preference is impacting what brand owners and the flexible packaging industry are choosing to deliver to their customers. Read more on “Flexible Packaging & the Waste Stream” »
An Established and Thorough Approach to Quality ensures Compliance and Traceability Every Step of the Way for Leading Global Medical Packaging Suppliers
(Moonachie, NJ – May 2016) By every account, the medical packaging industry will continue to experience considerable worldwide growth in the coming years. This expansion is being fueled in part by the needs of an aging population, and more specifically, the growing acceptance and use of point-of-care testing. The global market for point-of-care diagnostics is projected to reach $16.5 billion in 2016 according to BBC Research, a leading market research company. As this acceptance continues to increase, medical test and device companies, as well as their suppliers, will be required to comply with evolving industry standards and more stringent government regulations. Read more on “LPS Industries, Early Adopter of End-to-End Material Supply Chain Tracking” »
A Trusted Solution in the Hazmat Packaging Industry Has Delivered Superior Value and Customer Satisfaction for Over 40 Years
(Moonachie, NJ – April 2016) Along with online ordering of window treatments, furniture and other interior décor items, comes the ability for do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners to purchase paint, varnish, lacquer and other decorative and protective coatings and have it shipped directly to their residence. Brands like Behr®, Sherwin-Williams® and Benjamin Moore® are revolutionizing the paint selection and buying experience through web-based solutions like Color Smart by Behr™, Benjamin Moore Official Online Paint Store, and Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap®. Large retailers like The Home Depot®, Lowes®, and Amazon.com® are further supporting this trend, making paint and related products easily available for online purchase. Read more on “LPS Industries’ Paint Can Shippers Set The Standard for Safe Transport of Materials” »
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the DOT-E 8249 Exemption Package which was originally invented by LPS Industries for UPS.
(Moonachie, NJ – April 2016) It’s been 40 years since LPS Industries set out to solve a problem facing the world’s largest freight carriers. LPS accepted and met the challenge of developing a safe and proven method of packaging hazardous materials that did not have to be segregated by shippers. The result was the DOT-SP 8249 exempt UN packaging system which established and remains the gold standard for safely shipping hazardous materials and chemicals. Read more on “LPS Industries Hazardous Packaging Solution Celebrates 40 Years, Still Going Strong” »
(Moonachie, NJ – February 2016) LPS Industries, a leading producer of flexible packaging solutions, recently announced that its Vapor Flex Division is playing a key role as the manufacturer for a distributor that was recently awarded a two-year General Services Administration (GSA) contract. The winning bidder was designated as the sole supplier of MIL PRF 131 to the military on a global basis and LPS is supporting the winning bidder as the manufacturer of the material.
MIL PRF 131 is a high barrier water-vapor-proof and grease-proof flexible material used throughout the military. LPS Industries is one of a select few companies in the world that have the expertise, capabilities and is certified by the military to produce it. Madeleine Robinson, CEO of LPS, commented “I am very pleased that we were able to successfully partner with and support one of our key distributors for this contract. Our long history demonstrating that we can manufacture to the precise specifications and high quality standards required by the military were no doubt important factors that resulted in our mutual success.”
Manufacturing mil spec material requires being certified to do so by the government. In order for LPS to obtain the certification to become a qualified manufacturer of MIL PRF 131, the company went through a rigorous approval process designed and applied by the military. Conducted over a period of several months, LPS initially evaluated and tested various solutions to deliver the required performance characteristics of the material. The process culminated with LPS submitting samples of their solution for performance testing in a military laboratory. Approved manufacturers are also subject to post award on-site inspections of their manufacturing processes, procedures and quality standards. Read more on “LPS Industries Vapor Flex® Division Is Manufacturing High-Performance Flexible Material For A Global Military Supply Contract” »
There are many factors to consider when moving a product into a custom flexible package. Whether you’re considering using flexible packaging for the first time or expanding your SKU’s already packaged in a pouch, the design and functionality of the packaging you choose is critical. The stakes are big and brand owners demand a high confidence level in the manufacturer’s attention to detail, from quality control to controlling costs. Before committing to packaging your consumable brand in a custom flexible package, there are several considerations that are important to know and understand. From soup to nuts, both literally and figuratively, we’ve broken it down to the five essential decision categories for achieving a successful transition.
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1. Functional Requirements
At the foundational level, it’s imperative that your product’s packaging function flawlessly for its users. The performance and ultimate success of your brand depends on it. A package that’s attractive, durable and convenient to store and use, such as a reclosable stand up pouch (SUP), will enhance the brand’s image by improving the perception of its quality.
Read more on “Introducing Your Consumable Brand in a Custom Flexible Package for the First Time: Five Important Considerations” »
When brand owners or brand managers at small, growing companies are considering a custom manufactured flexible packaging solution for their product, one of the first questions frequently asked is, “What are your minimums?”
The converter’s answer typically includes the phrase “it depends.”
So what does it depend on?
There are many factors that determine what the number is and why it can vary by individual project. Understanding the basic production processes required to produce a bag or stand up pouch made with flexible packaging, and some of the key variables impacting each discrete step in the process, is a helpful first step in determining if your flexible packaging project makes economic sense. Read more on “Converter minimums: Every situation is unique” »
When launching a new brand in custom flexible packaging – food or other consumer packaged goods – it is not uncommon for small brand owners to use a pressure-sensitive label on a stock bag or pouch for package graphics and product information.
As the brand grows and volume increases, a tipping point occurs when the labeling of stock pouches is no longer a viable decorating and product information vehicle. Savvy brand owners aspire to package their product in a printed pouch but the signs that point to the time being right aren’t always clear. Small companies, always mindful of their expenses, find this key decision point in their brand’s growth to be fraught with uncertainty.
So how do you determine when it makes the most sense to transition from using labels to printed bags or pouches? Based on our experience with national, North American and global consumer brands we’ve worked with, from their entrepreneurial beginnings through mass commercialization, here are five tipping points that illustrate the time is right. Read more on “Five Signs It’s Time To Transition From Labels To Printed Pouches” »