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Let's Talk Packaging Industry

Author: Nate Calvert

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By packaging professionals, for packaging professionals. Join your host, Nate Calvert, for the latest packaging industry insights coupled with decades of industry experience to help you overcome your knowledge gap, all brought to you by Dempsey International Packaging.
8 Episodes
Join George Dempsey (CEO, Dempsey International Packaging & Raptor Packaging) and Adam Peek (host, People of Packaging Podcast) for an in-depth conversation around the new, innovative Raptor Packaging marketplace.George will answer questions like:How did Raptor Packaging come about?How does Raptor Packaging meet the needs of the distribution customer?What value does Raptor Packaging give to the manufacturer?What does the future look like for Raptor Packaging and Dempsey International Packaging?The conversation is practical and packed full of information you don’t want to miss. In Adam's words, Raptor is "unlike anything I've seen so far in the industry space."
What do all product-based businesses do? They keep track of inventory.Some business owners are able to keep a running tab of stock levels in their heads or organized in an excel spreadsheet. After a certain point, this method is no longer workable. Larger businesses require alternate solutions to manage their inventory.How do you know it’s time to start looking into alternate inventory management solutions?
Sanitizer gels and liquids seem to be leveling off and with it some of the hysteria. With that, the packaging, fillers, and distribution channels have also settled down to some sense of normalcy.The emerging need that has hit today’s consumer and thus all of us in the supply chain is the national shortage of wipes. Like many other products in the market, all wipes are not created equally. 
Three drivers affect the supply chain:Immediate demand for hand sanitizer and surface cleaners.A shift from wholesale (restaurants) to retail packaging.The ripple effect of the long lead-times causing companies to increase inventories based on the unknown future. Allocation is a secondary result of these areas, especially the hand sanitizer packaging surge that started in March of 2020 and has continued now into 2021.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen unprecedented disruption of the packaging supply chain, the result of which has made it very tough, and in some cases, impossible to meet customer demand. Some of the industry dynamics have resulted in under capacity and under supply.We'll explain a few of the key dynamics happening in this episode.
As you look near and far for your next generation of packaging, carefully consider the challenges before you decide to import. In many cases, customers overlook the soft costs associated with managing a supply chain that spans great distances and cultures. Whether you have a Packaging Distributor involved or if you are managing the process yourself, there are many things to consider: quality, logistics, price, inventory and expertise. Setting your company and team up for success means making sure you have transparency into how things will be managed.
The next time you're looking for a new packaging supplier, make sure to evaluate these five key areas:Technical Capabilities in the Rigid Plastics Components MarketKnowledge of CPG Supply Chain ManagementStrong Working Capital PositionSupplier Relationships and Credit WorthinessImport/Export Legal Expertise
Glass quality can vary greatly from process to process — what appears simple on the outside is much more dynamic and complex on the inside. Understanding some of these key elements and how they affect quality and consistency can make a big difference for you and your business. Fundamentally, there are five key components that will impact your glass quality: price, process, production, packing, and package design.
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