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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


Dimensional Weight Pricing Now Impacting Less than Truckload

Posted by Jack Ampuja on July 17, 2018

This week’s blog post was written by Jack Ampuja, president of Supply Chain Optimizers – a specialized consultancy that helps companies control supply chain costs through packaging optimization.

While dimensional weight pricing has been applied in domestic ground parcel since 2013, recently it has also migrated into the less than truckload sector; because dim weight pricing is based on shipment density, this makes efficient packaging more important than ever. In fact, effective packaging can actually drive freight costs down.

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Topics: Freight Transportation, Contract Packaging

Can 3PLs Be Your Contract Packagers?

Posted by Alex Stark on January 12, 2017

The holidays have just passed and, if you are a consumer product company such as a wine and spirits manufacturer, you’ve probably built your share of gift assortments for holiday sales.

The question is: who built them?

If you’re like many wine and spirits manufacturers, you use the service of specialty contract packagers, never thinking that the logistics firm you use for warehousing and distribution can handle a lot, if not all, of your packaging needs.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Is Your 3PL Ready to Offer Contract Packaging Services?

Posted by Alex Stark on August 02, 2016

As retail customer demands for customized items grow, and as retailers expand the variety of packaging to fit trends, themes and holidays, the demand for contract packaging services has also grown.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Secondary Co Packing Services and Your 3PL?

Posted by Alex Stark on May 19, 2016

When it comes to product packaging, primary packaging deals with the first layer of packaging that directly contacts the product. Secondary co packing services refers to the next layer of packaging used to group various pre-packaged products together. This final packaging function can include kitting, bundling and sealing products in hundreds of different ways to ready them for retail sale.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Doing Secondary Packaging in the Distribution Center

Posted by Alex Stark on April 14, 2016

Products go through many stages as they work their way through the supply chain -- from the inbound flow of raw materials to manufacturing to primary packaging to secondary packaging to the warehouse to final delivery. 

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Product Packaging Trends in the Consumer Goods Supply Chain

Posted by Alex Stark on October 01, 2015

Four important product packaging trends have prompted consumer goods manufacturers to rethink how they manage packaging -- and what partners are best suited to handle this important function. Logistics professionals who seek broader supply chain leadership roles must understand these trends and their implications.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

5 Reasons to Do Copacking in the DC

Posted by Alex Stark on July 02, 2015

Consumer goods companies often outsource copacking services to outside contract packagers, adding a costly and time-consuming step between manufacturing and the distribution center.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Finalize packaging within your distribution operations

Posted by Alex Stark on May 14, 2015

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies often outsource final packaging to outside contract packagers, adding a costly and time-consuming step between manufacturing and the distribution center.  Why not integrate final packaging into existing warehouse distribution operations?

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Topics: Contract Packaging