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Shrink Wrap Rolls – How to Choose

Shrink wrap rolls are made from many materials and come in several forms and widths. Use this guide to help determine which shrink wrap roll is ideal for you. Find specifics about each type of material and equipment required for application.

How to address and prep a package in 8 easy steps

Prepare and ship a package with ease and in one piece. Follow eight easy steps to ensure your package arrives without damage and to the correct address when shipping with UPS, USPS, or FedEx.

What Chat GPT Predicts Will Be the Biggest Packaging Trends This Year and Forward

What is the future of packaging? Where will trends take the industry this year and beyond? We asked ChatGPT to predict the future of packaging, and here is what it said.

Shrink Wrap Systems - Options to Consider

Shrink wrap systems employ a sealer and heat source to package a wide range of products, consumable and non-consumable. Find out which shrink wrap system may be right for your application and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Shrink Film for Sale - What You Should Consider

You cannot go to the local store and find shrink film for sale to test and ensure it will work for your products. When looking for a film, it is important to ask and verify a few details before making a purchase. Read a few tips about what to look for when purchasing shrink film.

Most In-Demand Product Ahead of Black Friday

The most in-demand black products for the 2023 shopping season. Find out which items are in the most demand during the Christmas season. Be sure your packages from online shopping are only received by you. Avoid porch piracy during Black Friday by following our tips.

Shrink Packaging Roll Tips - Vital Shrink Equipment Info Before Buying

Shrink packaging rolls help to conform and protect products during transit, storage, and shelf display. Find out some helpful tips before making a decision. Find out the different types of shrink rolls and what equipment to use for every kind of roll.

Recycling Food Containers - Is Plastic Packaging Recyclable?

Food containers are used to store and protect consumable products. Some containers store foods for short periods, while others are used for longer-term or frozen storage. Find out what to look for on your food containers and possible options available when purchasing.

Food Safe Shrink Wrap: Enhancing Freshness and Safety

Food safe shrink wrap can benefit companies looking at packaging options. The proper materials and branding can attract customers while protecting the consumable product from tampering and exterior elements. Find out why food safe shrink wrap could be the right packaging option for your business. 

Purchasing Shrink Wrap Machine Parts

Shrink wrap machine parts are essential, no matter the style or type. Pallet shrink wrap machines wrap and secure heavy pallet loads; over time parts will wear out and need replacing. Heat shrink wrap machines can have several commonly wearable parts mainly around the sealing wire. View this article to find out which shrink wrap machine parts are needed the most often.

The Main Differences Between PVC, Polyethylene, and Polyolefin

The differences between PVC, polyethylene, and polyolefin are vast when looking at the details but can be easily confused at first glance. Find out the difference between each and which may work best for packaging your product.

What is an Automatic Shrink Wrap Machine?

Automatic shrink wrap machines can increase production and efficiency. Auto shrink-wrap machines are a perfect option for retail and e-commerce sales, but what are they? What makes them automatic and how much do they cost?

What Are the Disadvantages of Shrink Wrapping?

Shrink wrapping can be the perfect packaging process for many companies and products, but sometimes it will not protect during transport or storage. Find out some disadvantages of shrink wrapping and why it may not be the best solution for your products. 

What are the advantages of shrink wrapping?

Shrink wrap packaging is an affordable option for packaging an extensive range of products. It is a premium solution for bundling lighter products and protecting items during transport and storage. Find out a list of advantages shrink wrap packaging offers.

8 Barrier Packaging Materials

Barrier packaging materials help reduce food waste and increase food storage times. Consumable products packaged with the right barrier materials can see tenfold shelf life increases without chemical preservatives.

How Does a Vacuum Sealer Work?

How does a vacuum sealer work? Simply put, they remove air from a container and then use heat to seal and close the container. There are several different types of vacuum sealers, and to understand how each sealer works, we have included images and descriptions to explain the operating differences in each.

Pallet wrappers: A Definitive Guide

Pallet wrappers speed up production times and increase worker morale. Manually wrapping pallets by hand takes longer and becomes exhaustive over time. Pallet wrappers can uniformly wrap more pallets daily with less exertion while saving money on stretch wrap. Find out what a pallet wrapper is and how one can benefit your business.

The Worst States for Porch Pirates 2022

Porch piracy is on the rise, and before the holidays begin, people want to know which state has the most problems with porch piracy. In our annual study, we identify the best and worst states for porch piracy in 2022.

U.S. Couriers by Twitter Sentiment

Packaging couriers can be frustrating due to damages and delayed packages. Evidently, people on Twitter feel the same. We were able to analyze thousands of tweets to determine the overall sentiment on Twitter for package parcel couriers. The findings were interesting, do they fit your experiences?

8 Hacks for Fresher, Longer Food Storage

With inflation impacting every household, extending food shelf life is worth every penny. Extended shelf life also comes with extended freshness. Save your money and palette by following these storage hacks to delay spoilage and stretch your dollar longer.

Which Foods Are We Most Concerned About Going Off

Find out which foods people are concerned about going bad during storage. Using online data, we determined which consumable food items are the cause for concern with people around the world. We will explain if the concerns are valid and how long you can still eat a product after the expiration date.

Auto vs. Semi Auto Shrink Wrap Machine Differences

Semi-auto and fully automatic shrink-wrap machines produce the same-looking finished product but vary dramatically in differences and features. Use our online chart to view the differences between each machine style and decide which is best for your application.

10 Items Heat Shrink Wrap is Used for Covering and Protecting

Heat shrink wrap is used for wrapping and protecting anything from wires in electronics to cookies for sale at local convenience stores. In this list, there are ten items shrink wrap is used for. The intention was to provide a variety of heat shrink wrap applications and forms to show the versatility of heat shrink wrapping.

The Difference Between Rigid and Flexible Packaging

There is often confusion between rigid and flexible packaging. Both are used for packaging everything from heavy industrial parts to small consumable candies and other edible items. Find the difference between flexible and rigid packaging and determine which option is better for your packaging needs.

Shrink Tunnel Differences

Shrink tunnels are designed to reduce packaging times and produce professional packaging products. Knowing the primary differences will help correctly choose the preferred equipment for your application. Find out the differences between shrink tunnels, how they work, and how to get the best results when packaging with a shrink tunnel.

How to Vacuum Seal Bags

Many home-use vacuum sealers come with rolls that are expensive to replace. Vacuum sealing bags are more readily available and cost less than name-brand replacement rolls. Before making a purchase, many people inquire about how to vacuum seal a bag to be sure it will work for their application. This guide with images will show step-by-step how to vacuum seal bags.

How Companies Save on Packaging Costs During Inflationary Periods

When production, material, and product costs increase, it is tempting for companies to reduce the size of their offering to the consumer. Simply keep the packaging the same and reduce the number or size of the purchased product. Follow these suggestions before committing to shrinkflation.

Shrink Wrap By Thickness

Shrink wrap measurements can be challenging to understand and make sense of. Some measurements for pallet shrink wrap can be dramatically different than heat shrink wrap. Find out which thickness will work best for your application.

How to Set Up a Heat Shrink Wrapper

Heat shrink wrapper setup can be time-consuming and confusing if you do not follow the right steps, the right look can be difficult to attain. Follow this setup guide to know how to set up your shrink wrapper.

Why Businesses Should Be Transparent About the Rise of Shrinkflation

With shrinkflation, sizes does matter. The practice of keeping product packaging the same size while reducing the contents is nothing new. Rising costs due to inflation can cause companies to chintz on product quantities while keeping packaging size the same.

The Most Wasteful Meal Kit

The convenience of online ordering often outweighs the benefits of retail shopping. Meal kits are no exception, customers receive everything needed to cook a meal at home. No grocery shopping or looking up recipes. Everything is included in one shipment. We created a study to look at excess packaging waste by ordering meals from four companies. We tracked recycled, recyclable, and non-recycled packaging products included in each shipment along with several other metrics. 

When Was Shrink Wrap Invented and Who Was the Inventor

The invention of shrink wrap helped to change the way food is stored and preserved. Now used all over the world for consumable and non-consumable products, shrink wrap protects, and preserves. Find out who invented heat shrink wrap and how it was invented.

How to Choose a Vacuum Sealer for Your Business

For companies already vacuum packaging products, a commercial vacuum sealer is the best way to grow into increased production. If not currently vacuum sealing, this is a must-read. Find out why vacuum sealing could be an option for your businss.

What Are Contract Packaging or Co-Packing Services and Why Use Them?

Contract packaging and co-packing can involve many different forms of packaging for consumable and non-consumable products. Find out what to look for when searching for a co-packaging service.

A Crash-Course in Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Modified atmosphere packaging helps to preserve products from degradation. Removing or decreasing the oxygen content within a package can increase shelf times and prevent rust in non-consumable products.

The Worst States for Porch Pirates 2021

Porch piracy is a problem that continues to increase as online shopping becomes more and more popular. Find out which states have the highest number of online inquires for stolen packages. Our annual report shows the movement of each state's interest in porch piracy.

What Is Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)? [Examples Included]

Modified atmosphere packaging is used to naturally extend food shelf life. Changing the natural atmosphere within a package or container can eliminate oxygen and slow degradation and spoilage.

Crosslinked Polyolefin Shrink Film vs. Standard Polyolefin Shrink Film

Crosslinking shrink film can offer tremendous benefits when used with the right application. Find out the difference between crosslinked shrink film and standard polyolefin shrink film and which is right for the application at hand.

The Difference Between UPS, FedEx, and USPS

Ecommerce companies have a limited amount of shipping options for products reaching customers. Freight companies are abundant, but parcel package delivery is limited. The choice of UPS, FedEx, or USPS, are the options companies have. What is the difference though, which one will best benefit the customer? The answer is not black-and-white, in this post we look closer at the differences of each and how they can benefit your company.

How to Prevent Product Loss with Ecommerce Packaging

Shipping is a very important part of an e-commerce business. How products arrive at the customer can earn re-orders or increase costs if products are damaged and unusable. Read these tips for ways to prevent product loss. 

How Major Online Retailers Can Reduce Packaging Waste

Everyone has received an oversized box for products ordered online. Major retailers can help reduce the additional waste with easy steps in the right direction. Read the best ways to reduce packaging waste for e-commerce packaging.

5 Tips for Ecommerce Packaging Success

Packaging for ecommerce is not the same as retail. Businesses should consider a few options before packaging products and shipping them to customers as they come in.

Shrink Temperatures for Centerfold Shrink Film

Centerfold shrink film is made in many different thicknesses by many different manufacturers. With this test, we are indicating which temperatures different shrink film types will shrink at. The shrink temperature and heat exposure should be considered for any products sensitive to heat.

What to Do When Your Package is Delayed

Package deliveries are delayed all of the time for many different reasons. Weather can be a leading cause of package delays, but many other factors can contribute. Find out what to do if experiencing package delays.

Barrier Bags for Coffee and Food Packaging

Barrier bags are what keeps food products fresh until reaching your home. Barrier bags play a key role in modified atmosphere packaging. Find out different types of barrier bags and how they can benefit your business.

Shrink Wrap Machine Troubleshooting

Shrink wrap machines can vary in size and components from manufacturer to manufacturer. This troubleshooting guide offers suggestions for testing machines experiencing problems.

Packaging Machine Delivery and Set Up

The purchase of a new packaging machine can present questions and problems. Some people like the idea of a machine purchase with set up and delivery. U.S. Packaging & Wrapping is now offering local free delivery and delivery and set up around surrounding states with additional charges

Which Gases are Used for Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

What gases do companies use for Modified atmosphere packaging? Does the food last longer and are the gases safe? Find out what gases are used for different food items and how they help to preserve food products.

Stretch Wrap Machine Troubleshooting Checklist

Stretch wrap machine downtime can mean production slowdowns, inconsistent pallet wrapping, and worse than anything, hand pallet wrapping. Follow a few quick troubleshooting items to help find the problem.

How to Report a Missing USPS, Fedex, USPS, or DHL Package

Use this guide to determine what to do with a missing package from a major carrier such as USPS, FedEx, or DHL. The claims process is not overnight but will assist you in starting the claims process.

The New 2021 U.S. Packaging & Wrapping Catalog is Here!

A new year signifies a new catalog with more information and products. Easily request the 2021 U.S. Packaging & Wrapping catalog by mail or digital download. Find updated pricing and pages for American Made Packaging Materials and ...

Buying a New Shrink Wrap Machine From Amazon?

Buying a shrink wrap machine from Amazon is a great option for wrapping a few dozen products. If you are wanting to purchase a machine expecting to use it often, Amazon may not be the best route. We have included a few things to consider when purchasing a shrink wrap machine from Amazon.

What is it Packaged In?

The materials and machines used in the packaging industry vary dramatically. Products in stores have packaging on them to help protect from damage or preserve for longer shelf lives. This short post explains what a few common products around us are packaged in. 

Simple Tips to Prevent Porch Piracy

Porch piracy takes place in cities and small towns. From young kids looking for a one-time opportunity to an organized porch pirate ring, packages are stolen all the time throughout the world. The small tips included can save thousands in stolen goods.

Eco Friendly Packaging with Kraft Paper

Eco friendly packaging is easy to obtain and use for outgoing shipments. Simply wad paper up and stuff in shipping boxes to stop product movement. Find out which type of paper is best to replace packaging peanuts and bubble wrap.

Does a Reduced Workforce Highlight the Need for Packaging Automation?

The coronavirus has forced businesses to comply with social distancing guidelines, often reducing workers in each location. In some industries, companies are seeing higher volumes with mandatory reduced workforces. Does packaging automation solve this issue? This article will examine how automation can pick up the slack in areas workers are unavailable.

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