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How Manufacturers Can Survive & Thrive Amidst The COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit many different sectors hard around the world. While the fate of the manufacturing industry in America may seem uncertain, there are certainly steps that can be taken in order to survive--and thrive--in spite of it all.  

In a recent interview with Fox News, Mark Cuban stated that in order for manufacturers to flourish, they must

Bring Back Production from China

It is quite clear now how much we rely on Chinese products and resources. For our country to come out ahead, we must invest in automation and technology at home, not overseas. 

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Hope for Manufacturing Post COVID-19: We’re Here for You!

The crisis currently being faced by the entire globe is one that will continue to have long-lasting effects across industries and businesses alike. And while we wait for the uncertainty to pass, not all will be gloomy grey skies.

While we recognize the seriousness of the widespread pandemic and continue to monitor the situation, we’d like to paint a more optimistic picture of what may lie ahead as we navigate a new and changed world going forward.


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Prosperity Through Packaging: Why End of Line Packaging Machinery Matters

Your production line is the public face of your company. How well the packaging machinery works and what it looks like has important implications for the success of your business. 

In this post, we’re looking at the huge role end of line packaging machinery plays in a company’s success, what we call "Packaging Prosperity." 

Here are a few reasons worth considering:

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3 Industries That Could Benefit From a Case Packing Machine

Case packing machines can offer an immense amount of value to retailers and wholesalers; specifically, case packers provide a fully automatic secondary packaging solution. When integrated correctly, case packers can help manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers reduce labor costs and improve productivity.

Now with a variety of secondary packaging options available, you may be wondering: are case packers right for my product? While shrink wrap machines or tray packers may be the better choice for certain products, there are still many products that are better suited for case packing.

These 3 industries can benefit greatly from using case packer machines.

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2020 Trends in Packaging

The packaging industry is growing thanks to an improving economy and more consumers shopping for goods online. According to a report by consulting firm Smithers, the world packaging market was valued at $917B in 2019 and will continue to grow steadily to reach $1.05 trillion by 2024.

A combination of unique design, technology to create storage containers and packing machinery, all make it possible for companies to store, ship and sell items. Here are some of the hottest trends emerging in packaging for 2020.

Sustainable Packaging

Increasing consumer awareness of ecological problems in the world and demands from regulatory bodies for greater sustainability has lead many packaging engineers and manufacturers to start working on ways to lessen the carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of packaging. We are still a bit away from edible plastic wrappers, but one practical and ready way to begin to add sustainability and green awareness to operations is with right-sized packaging. As the name explains, this is packaging designed to waste the least amount of empty space possible. Smaller packaging reduces truckloads and transportation requirements which have an effect on costs and benefits for the environment.

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Secondary Packaging Trends Worth Embracing In 2020

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Secondary packaging is a lucrative necessity for retailers, wholesalers, and CPG professionals nationwide. Not only does secondary packaging help create attractive merchandising displays, it also helps to protect primary packages as they make their way through the supply chain to the customer. 

In 2020, the secondary packaging industry is embracing eco-friendly solutions and automation. Making such strides will help streamline processes and increase output. Here’s why automation and eco-friendly solutions are so important to the future of secondary packaging.

Automation Improves Output 

Mechanical case formers, band sealers, cartoning machines, and shrink wrappers can all be automated effectively. As we move into the new year, contract packaging companies will adopt automated procedures in order to keep pace with the growing demand for product delivery. 

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3 Industries That Could Benefit From a Shrink Wrap Machine

Shrink wrapping offers numerous advantages to both retailers and wholesalers. From the consumer’s perspective, shrink wrapped products are easy to carry, and they appear fresher than items that are not. Of course, anything that benefits the consumer also benefits the wholesaler. Still, wholesalers gain a unique advantage as well: shrink wrappers give them the ability to offer certain products in bulk.

The next logical question, then, is who specifically can benefit from using shrink wrap machines?

These 3 industries can benefit greatly from them:

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How to Get 15 More Days of Production Per Year


If you eliminate just 30 minutes of down time per day, you’ll gain an incredible 15 extra days of production. That is assuming just 1 shift per day!  

There is perhaps nothing more important to a manufacturer’s bottom line than efficiency and productivity. If you sell products in retail or wholesale spaces, then you must know how vital your secondary packaging strategy is to your overall success. You cannot achieve optimal productivity levels unless your machines are in good working condition and have at least 10% higher capacity than your maximum production output.  

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AutoPack Shrink Wrapping Advantages Maintain Growth & Profitability

For any business that must bundle and wrap their products and goods for shipping and resale, understanding how shrinking wrapping works is a critical first step. Getting items properly packed and shipped is as important as knowing if the product you wish to package is a candidate for shrink wrapping.

Steps involved in shrink wrapping items include grouping items appropriately, choosing the correct shrink film and heat method as well and understanding the loading and stacking of products. Each of these elements plays a role in the ultimate efficiency and cost savings that can be achieved by choosing to shrink wrap.

AutoPack is one of the best-known brands in the packaging industry. For over 35 years it’s offered reliable and affordable packaging machines made of quality parts to reduce downtime. With their solutions, production lines move along quickly, space is saved, costs are being reduced - all while keeping machines running for long service life.

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How to Pick The Right Shrink Wrap Machine

When it comes time to choose the correct shrink wrap machine for your needs, it’s important to not only look at the type of machine, but also the product.

Questions like: “What is the desired or required end result?” can help you to understand which machine will offer the best results.


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Holland Packaging Saves The Day


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Autopack: Meeting the Demanding Needs of Pharmaceutical Packaging Lines

Pharmaceutical companies have exacting packaging standards to comply with FDA requirements and to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. To make this all happen, they partner with shrink wrap experts like Autopack to get the job done.

Our popular Autopack shrink bundlers are used throughout the industry to collate and shrink wrap bottles or cartons in a tight shrink-wrapped package and also to provide pharmaceutical companies with peace of mind knowing their production lines are moving along efficiently and cost-effectively.

Holland Packaging’s Autopack Shrink Packaging Systems meet the very high standards expected at pharmaceutical companies for their production lines. Some of the key benefits include: 

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4 Misconceptions About Shrink Wrapping Debunked

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Shrink wrapped packages are quite common these days--and for good reason. After all, shrink wrapping comes with some great benefits; however, as beneficial as shrink wrapping and bundling can be, many manufacturers are still not taking advantage of it. Why? Because many still believe that it’s either not as secure as corrugated, too expensive, a harm to the environment, or not versatile enough. These assumptions are often born out of misinformation. Today, we’re going to set the record straight.

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Shrink Wrapped Beer? Yes Please!



The beer industry has been a longstanding winner among consumer goods, providing generations with malt-based beverages they love. According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the U.S. beer industry sells over $119.3 billion in beer and malt-based beverages to U.S. consumers each year. The 202.2 million barrels of beer shipped in 2018, equals over 2.8 billion cases of 24-12 ounce servings.

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The Autopack “CMOS” Continuous Motion Overlap Seal Bundler

Speedier Packaging & High Impact Graphics

Shrinkwrapping plays an important packaging role at all types of production facilities. Creating goods that are easy to ship, handle, and maintains product hygiene are all important reasons to invest in Autopack shrink bundling systems.

Using eye-catching print film also increases sales dramatically compared to clear film packaging. These days virtually all soft drink and bottled water packaging use print film to stand out in the crowded field. Clear film packaging is no longer optional if you want to be a serious competitor. 

Benefits of Autopack’s CMOS for Packaging with Shrink Film

  • Packaging in print film increases sales big time. Consumers make snap decisions that are often based on a product’s appearance. High-resolution graphics are displayed on the product wrapper without distortion. Print film with messaging is also a highly effective form of point of sale advertising.

  • Autopack “CMOS” machines come in numerous configurations and product handling capabilities. Whether you pack cans, bottles, boxes, or whatever, Autopack probably has a machine to fit your needs.

  • Shrink bundling often eliminates the need for corrugated trays, pads, and boxes. The saving can be huge.

  • Less corrugated means less waste and that helps your customers to “Go Green!"

  • Affordability! Autopack is an exceptional value.

  • Small footprint. Use less valuable production floor space!

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Tray Packing #10 Cans Spell Big Savings For Wholesale Suppliers

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If you’re a wholesale food supplier looking to boost your bottom line and reduce waste, then it’s important to optimize your secondary packaging methods regularly. One of the easiest ways to cut costs while maintaining output quality is by packing #10 cans into trays instead of cases.

Why You Should Adopt Trays Over Cases

There is certainly a time and place for case packing, but when you’re supplying packs of #10 cans, then it’s smarter to use trays. Ultimately, you should switch from cases to trays if you want to...

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How Strategic Secondary Packaging Can Increase Retail Sales

There is perhaps nothing more important to a retail marketing strategy than an effective display. After all, If you want your products to jump off the shelves like hotcakes, they need to be visually appealing to consumers.

Now you may be wondering:

how can I make my product stand out from the sea of competitors? By leveraging the power of Secondary Packaging.

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3 Advantages Of Choosing Wraparound Cases Over RSC’s

When it comes to secondary packaging solutions, retailers, distributors, and consumer packaging goods manufacturers (CPGs) often wonder whether they should opt for wraparound cases over regular slotted cases (RSC).  What Are Regular Slotted Cases (RSC)? Also known as a Knock Down case, RSC's are your "typical" container: when folded, the 2 out...
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Benefits of Bullseye Enclosures in Shrink Wrap Applications

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Shrink wrapping seems like a pretty basic concept. A film is placed over a product and is heated to enclose and seal it as packaging. You can expect savings of up to 70%* with shrink wrapping your products without the conventional corrugated case.  (*Number provided by customers based on their experience.)

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