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Benefits of Working With A Contract Packaging Company

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Packaging is an important part of any manufacturing process, although packaging today has more purpose than just storing or shipping your goods. Packaging plays a critical role in a company’s marketing strategy and brand recognition. Working with a contract packaging company provides many benefits such as cost efficient logistics, improved brand awareness, and many other advantages.

Here are some of the top benefits of working with a contract packaging company.

Less capital investment

Contract packaging companies are experts in the art of packaging as that is their niche.

They already have the staff, the capacity, equipment, and supplies to efficiently package your products. This saves the manufacturer from investing in automated packing equipment, training staff, and devoting resources to a secondary process outside of their niche manufacturing.

When a company adds up all of the expenses devoted to packaging, they could very well realize that a contract packager not only provides a quality product with a quick turnaround time, but also at a lower cost than what they are spending now.

Increased internal capacity

By outsourcing packaging, the company can devote floor space and staff to their manufacturing process and increase their internal capacity. Some companies devote a lot of time training staff on proper packaging methods only to experience high turnover which seems like a never ending training process. Manufacturers can eliminate this headache of hiring and training by outsourcing packaging. Outsourcing packaging allows companies to devote floor space to the profitable part of their business, manufacturing their unique products and goods.

Improved flexibility

Most manufacturers do not have the time or staff to investigate various packaging types, creative or cost-saving options. An experienced contract packager can make recommendations on cost-efficient packing material and options for secondary packaging. Contract packagers have experience in kitting, assembly, and packaging goods in beautiful, display ready packages. A contract packager can offer cost-efficient suggestions that improve your product image while also saving money.

Quick turnaround time

Contract packagers are skilled in meeting tight deadlines and providing quick turnaround time. Many manufacturers today operate in a just-in-time environment, receiving their materials just in time for production which requires fast production and shipping. Skilled packagers can accommodate these tight deadlines to help companies maintain or improve their on-time shipping statistics.

Smart option for seasonal packaging

Many companies experience seasonal production and would have to make added investments to package the additional product. Contract packaging is the perfect solution for seasonal production and allows companies to produce to their capacity while experienced packagers finish the job.

These are just some of the benefits of working with a contract packaging company. You can experience all of these benefits and more with Peoria Production Solutions.

Contract Packaging Solutions with Value-Added Benefits

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, has been providing contract packaging services for more than 80 years. We are a fully sustainable, not-for-profit company, focused on providing jobs rather than profits. This puts us in the unique position to offer greater flexibility to our customers to meet their budgetary needs.

PPS is a leading Midwest supplier of secondary production solutions including packaging, kitting, assembly, bagging, filling, commercial sewing and more. We offer competitive secondary packaging services over traditional contract packaging companies. Contact us to learn more about the many benefits of working with an experienced and professional contract packaging company.

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Packaging Costs

Contract Packaging CostsReducing your packaging costs can provide significant cost reductions for improved profitability. It is worthwhile to evaluate all expenses and consider alternatives such as using a contract packaging company.

Packaging costs include the expenses for various packaging materials as well as all required labor and are an important part of overall production costs. Packaging is an integral part of producing products, whether manufacturers are shipping corrugated to other companies or creating beautiful packaging to appeal to consumers. For business to consumer (B2C) companies, appealing to consumers with colorful packaging and catchy phrases might be what sells their product the first time, but the quality of product inside is what creates future sales.

Packaging is unavoidable, but there are things that companies can do to reduce their expenses without jeopardizing product quality or brand recognition.

Factors That Contribute to Higher Packaging Expenses

Analyzing your overall packaging expenses periodically is definitely a worthwhile exercise that can deliver significant cost savings. New materials may have come on market since you last evaluated your packaging process or there may have been advancements in automated equipment. Considering outsourcing your packaging to a contract packager is another option to save money and maintain product quality.

Whatever your analysis reveals, looking at your packaging with a holistic view of your current processes including all purchasing and storage of materials, labor expenses, cost of automated equipment, and footprint of packaging work areas that take up capacity is the only way to know your true packaging costs. When you take a good hard look at all of your packaging expenses, you will discover valuable cost-saving opportunities that increase your bottom line.

Factors that contribute to increased packaging costs include:

  • Bottlenecks in the packaging process
  • Inefficient storage and retrieval of packaging items
  • Ineffective packing materials that allow damage
  • High shipping costs
  • Using larger packaging boxes the necessary

How to Reduce Your Overall Packaging Expenses

Here are some things you can do to reduce your packaging expenses:

Evaluate purchasing and inventory of packaging materials – obviously, cost comparisons must be completed to compare vendors for the many packaging materials used in your packaging processes. Packaging materials include a wide variety of items with many types of each item in various categories such as:

  • Corrugated boxes of various sizes
  • Sealing materials such as tape and shrink wrap
  • Plastic bags of all sizes with various features such as zip lock, adhesive or drawstring closure
  • Packing paper such as brown paper or crepe paper
  • Packing materials for stuffing such as Styrofoam, filled air bags and bubble wrap

Check price comparisons and check inventory reports and return on inventory analysis to ensure your purchasing processes are efficient.

Consider the layout of your warehouse – evaluate the layout and flow of goods throughout the warehouse to look for inefficiencies such as any backtracking from receiving through shipping.

Improve packing time with automation – automating your packaging line will increase your output with improved picking and packaging, improve your brand recognition with precise, perfectly packaged products, and reduce your carbon footprint as automated systems use only the exact amount of material needed.

Use smaller boxes – using boxes larger than necessary for your product is one of the biggest money wastes in packaging.

Outsource to contract packager – speak with a contract packaging company and you might be surprised when you compare your current total packaging expenses to that of a contract packager. Outsourcing your packaging allows your business to focus on your niche market and devote floor space to what you do best.

Peoria Production Solutions offers contract packaging services with more than 80 years of experience and a highly skilled staff. We utilize automated packaging equipment and provide many secondary services such as bag filling, bottle labeling, auto bagging, palletizing, and more. Contact PPS, an ISO9001:2015 registered company and set apart from other contract packaging companies to provide the greatest value with high quality service that can reduce your packaging costs.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Packaging Explained


Packaging SolutionsThere are many different levels and types of packaging, each with a specific purpose. For any company that packages their products, it is important to distinguish between the different types of packaging which include primary, secondary, and tertiary. Each of these levels of packaging are intended for different purposes.

Types of Primary Packaging

Primary packaging includes packaging materials that come into direct contact with the product that you are selling. Primary packaging protects or preserves your goods for optimal condition until removal. The first layer of packaging that contains your finished product such as the plastic bag that holds cereal inside the box would be the primary packaging. Another example of primary packaging would be a small glass bottle that contains oil or tincture. These small glass bottles would be packaged into a cardboard retail box, which could arguably be primary packaging but also serves the function of secondary packaging.

Primary packaging for fast-moving consumer goods would be a bag, pouch, foil bag, bottle, can, or jar.

Types of Secondary Packaging

Secondary packaging pulls all primary packaging forms together into a single product such as group packaging. Secondary packaging would be a large box or container that holds several smaller boxes that make it easier for storage or shipping. Secondary packaging is designed to optimize efficiency and typically contains a specific number of units. Types of secondary packaging help to maintain the integrity of primary packaging and are highly useful for e-commerce. Secondary packaging typically includes multiple components such as separators, padding, and reinforcements.

Types of Tertiary Packaging

Tertiary packaging is to secondary packaging, what secondary is to primary packaging. Tertiary allows for safe and efficient movement of secondary packaged products at scale.  Tertiary packaging ensures that minimal space is used during storage and protects products from environmental hazards. Tertiary packaging should allow for efficient movement like with forklifts or pallet jacks.

This type of packaging may also be referred to as transit or bulk packaging, typically used to group larger quantities of products for transportation from one point to another.

Secondary Packaging Provider Makes All the Difference

Working with an experienced secondary packaging provider makes a big difference in not only the safety and security of your products but for marketable, display ready packages. An experienced packaging provider like Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, can offer suggestions as to the best type of secondary packaging for your product and provide customized packaging services to meet your specific needs.

PPS offers a wide range of secondary packaging services including POP display, clamshell packaging, sample kits, club packs, kit assembly, cello wrapping, pouch and bag filling, gift set packaging, and repackaging.  PPS offers more than 80 years of experience in providing customized packaging solutions with a skilled and experienced team dedicated to your total satisfaction.

Peoria Production Solutions is a leading Midwest provider of secondary production and packaging solutions.  We follow a strict quality policy with top-down involvement, investing in our staff with ongoing training and personal development. Contact us to learn how to improve your supply chain with an experienced secondary packaging provider on your team.

Reducing the Cost Of Shrink Wrap Packaging


shrink wrap packagingControlling the costs of packaging is always an important consideration for manufacturers or any company packaging products. In addition to the cost of corrugated, the cost of shrink wrapping is one of the largest packaging expenses for many companies. Here are some tips on how you can evaluate your shrink wrap packaging to maximize savings.

Reduce Your Bag Length 

Measure your shrink bag from one end to the other.  If you can reduce your bag length, even by an inch, this will make a considerable difference with savings. For example, if you reduce an 11-inch bag down to 10-inches, you save about 9% immediately. Many companies that perform this exercise find that they are using more film than what is required for each package.

Reduce Shrink Film Width 

Shrink wrap film can be ordered in less than 1-inch increments.  You might find that you are using a 24-inch bag when you only need 23.5-inches. Just cutting down 1/2–inch can save considerably on shrink wrap expenses.

Maximize Overall Length 

By going long and maximizing overall length of your shrink-wrap film, you can keep production running longer and reduce the amount of changeovers. Increase your uptime and reduce shipping expenses with less deliveries.

Reduce Shrink Wrap Film Gauge 

Shrink wrap film today is available in a wide range of thickness sizes with more possibilities than traditional film. New technologies offer the same performance in a smaller gauge film.  Talk to your film supplier to see if downgauging is an option for you. You might find that you can move from a 60 gauge down to a 38 gauge and save a considerable amount of money with the same integrity.

Reevaluate Your Film Choice 

Evaluating the possibilities to reformulate your shrink wrap is something you should do regularly with your packaging supplier. New products come on the market all the time which may be a better fit for your product.

Audit Your Film Packaging Line 

Perform a meticulous audit of your packaging line. Applying the principles of efficiency audits like value stream mapping (VSM) can help you to pinpoint areas for improvement. By understanding the exact time and place in your process where any efficiencies or bottlenecks occur, you can take corrective action to fix your weak spots.

Following all of these tips can help you to reduce the cost of your shrink wrap packaging expenses and improve efficiencies in your packaging process. For more tips on improving your packaging, contact an experienced contract packager like Peoria Production Solutions. 

Midwest Packaging Provider Improves Your Bottom Line

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, has been providing solutions to manufacturers and companies of all sizes for more than 80 years with a full line of customized, secondary services. We offer contract packaging, wrapping, bag filling, bottle labeling, kitting and assembly, sewing and fabrication, and more. Our experienced team can offer suggestions for your packaging that improve your efficiency and bottom line.

PPS is a leading provider of secondary packaging services to some of the largest companies including Fortune 100 manufacturers. We follow a strict quality policy as part of our ISO 9001:2015 registration for high-quality services with quick turnaround time. Contact us with any questions on improving your packaging for greater efficiency and cost savings.

Marketing Might Be All About The Packaging

Packaging MarketingPackaging is a lot more than wrapping your products for safe storage or delivery. Packaging has evolved into becoming part of the business plan, becoming particularly important to the marketing department. Packaging holds the ability to reflect your company’s brand, mission, and entire vision. Ignoring the impact that your packaging has on your consumers or customers can be a costly mistake.

So how do you incorporate packaging into your marketing plan? What are the most important considerations when integrating packaging with your marketing efforts? And most importantly, how can you enhance your approach to marketing and brand awareness through packaging?

How to Incorporate Packaging into Your Marketing Plan

It takes some planning to ensure that your packaging is leveraged to generate leads aligned with your marketing initiatives. Packaging can be an excellent marketing tool and may often be an afterthought when planning other marketing activities. Things like developing a website, maintaining social media connections, providing value to your audience through content such as white papers, brochures, or ads – these are all things we think about when we think about marketing.

Marketing with Eco-Friendly Packaging

While all of these things are an important part of successful marketing, considering your packaging is a critical aspect of your marketing plan and overall business plan. Packaging plays a direct role on your impact to the ecosystem, whether you can package your products in eco-friendly materials such as with more biodegradable paper as opposed to plastics. If this is important for your audience, it is important to relay that message on your packaging.

Increasing Brand Awareness with Packaging

How many times have you walked into a store, whether a convenience store, a department store or food market, and purchased something that you had no intention of buying when you walked in? For most people, this has happened too many times to count. The reason that consumers buy something they had no intention of buying, is almost entirely due to the packaging. Whether it is a catchy phrase, inviting colors, or something they might use later but feel like they just better grab it now, packaging can be the key that converts shoppers to buyers.

Midwest Facility Provides Contract Packaging Solutions

Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, is a leading provider of packaging solutions including secondary packaging solutions such as point-of-purchase, POP, display packaging, club and variety packaging, and labeling services. We have been providing contract packaging solutions for over 80 years, as a fully sustainable not for profit organization. PPS employs individuals with alternate abilities with a mission to provide financial and social stability and independence.

We follow strict quality policy as part of our ISO9001:2015 registration including a commitment to continual improvement and total customer satisfaction. We provide this through employee training and development programs, and lean manufacturing for maximum efficiency with exercises such as Value Stream Mapping, VSM, and cross-training to avoid bottlenecks in all work processes.

PPS understands the importance of high-quality packaging and the impact this has on our customers’ marketing initiatives. We can help you to evaluate the various packaging methods such as clamshell, variety packs, sample kits or other packaging options.

PPS is a leading Midwest supplier of secondary production services including contract packaging, shrink wrapping, labeling, contract sewing, auto bag filling, and other packaging services. We offer more than 80 years of experience, a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to dedicate assembly lines to your work process and a skilled work staff. Contact us to learn how to improve your supply chain with contract packaging aligned with your marketing initiatives.

Packaging Trends For 2022

Contract PackagingAs 2021 came to a close and businesses started preparing for the new year, many companies want to know about new packaging trends for 2022. The global pandemic that began in early 2020 has changed the way that companies across many industries operate their business. Businesses today have new considerations that they did not have a couple of years ago such as how to manage new, internal work processes to keep products and employees safe and how to meet consumer demands with a disrupted supply chain.

Producing the same products can now cost companies more in order to address these challenges and then companies have to consider how to get their products on the market in the midst of a changing consumer landscape.  Packaging and distribution is a huge part of manufacturing and production for any industry. Getting your goods to your destination, whether shipping e-commerce and delivering directly to consumers or stocking shelves at big box stores, might take a little more planning than before.

Businesses are looking to address these challenges with packaging trends for 2022 such as:

  • Contract packaging companies
  • Automated packaging processes
  • Transparent packaging
  • Packaging designed for e-commerce as well as stock shelves

Contract Packaging 

Right now, many businesses are just concerned with keeping their assembly lines running. Whether due to a short staff or short supply, companies are restructuring and focusing on their core or niche manufacturing and how to stay profitable. An experienced contract packaging company like Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, offers just the solution many businesses need with affordable, timely, and high-quality contract packaging services.

Automated Packaging 

Packaging automation is another trend that is helping companies to address the tight labor market. Incorporating automated packaging equipment and technologies helps to meet delivery demands and promotes a safer environment that helps reduce the spread of disease. PPS utilizes automated packaging equipment whenever possible such as auto filling and bagging equipment, digitized scales, and labeling, used in conjunction with our automated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Our ERP system provides automated tracking of all customer supplied and packaging materials with full lot number traceability for complete accountability. Our modern, state-of-the-art facility provides the capacity needed to set up customized packaging processes to meet our customer needs with high quality, efficient contract packaging.

Transparent Packaging 

Transparent packaging is a new trend that is becoming popular with consumers. Transparent, flexible pouches that feature a window give consumers a chance to see what is inside without opening the package. Transparent flexible packaging can be used in many different industries like the food industry for example to package baked goods including rolls and bread. Polybags are nice to protect magazines, mailers, and products like pillows and bedding. Whatever companies are selling, transparent packaging is a popular trend that is here to stay.

Packaging Designed for E-Commerce and Stock Shelves 

With the change in the consumer landscape such as the increase in online ordering and e-commerce delivery, packaging today needs to do double duty. Packaging trends include designs that catch the consumer’s eye on a stock shelves and hold up to direct shipping and delivery. Some companies are getting creative with the less is more attitude, using large fonts, single and simple colors with direct marketing.

PPS offers the staff, equipment, the capacity, and experience to meet your contract packaging needs and incorporate the latest packaging trends.  We offer a range of wrapping and packaging services including auto bagging, bag filling, bottle labeling, flexible packaging, palletizing services and more. Contact us to improve your supply chain with an experienced contract packaging company utilizing the latest technology to meet all the 2022 packaging trends.