Why Use Custom Engineered Solutions

Choosing the appropriate corner and edge protection materials for shipping your products is crucial. No matter what you’re selling, the available solutions seem endless. Using a custom engineered solution can help ensure your products make it to the end-user undamaged.

With a wide variety of options available, it can be difficult to decide which type of protection is best. Here are three benefits of using a custom engineered solution:

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Is Wood Crating Still the Best Option?

Alternative to Wood Crates

Wood crates are typically used to transport fragile, heavy or unusually shaped goods from one place to another. The main benefit of the crate is durability and customization by product, and due to the sturdy nature of wood, a lot of manufacturers use it for stacking strength.  

Packaging has substantially advanced in recent years but many industrial companies are still using wooden crates because that’s all they know. Most are unaware that there may be alternatives that offer more protection, greater efficiency and are cost-effective. 

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How To Help Your Customers Improve Their Packaging Sustainability

Improve your Packaging Sustainability

Sustainability is the hot topic of discussion when it comes to today’s packaging solutions. Everyone is looking for ways to utilize more effective designs to achieve the same amount of product protection while using fewer packaging materials. 

Consumers are continuously looking for companies who are using eco-friendly and recycled and reusable packaging alternatives. Manufacturers are looking for ways to ensure efficient transportation and delivery of packages while still utilizing sustainable solutions.

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Four Benefits of Innovative Corner and Edge Protection Solutions

Benefits of Edge and Corner Protective Packaging

Damage resulting from shipping and handling products can quickly change customer perceptions of your brand. Costly returns, potential loss of future orders, and negative reviews are just a few examples of what can happen when your product arrives damage and all can have a significant financial impact for your company. There are many advantages of using innovative corner and edge protection solutions, here are four. 

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What To Consider for Your E-Commerce Packaging

Packaging to Prevent Damage from Shipping

E-commerce sales are accelerating at a high rate which is creating new opportunities for many. However, shipping via e-commerce increases the risk for product to be damaged during transit. It has never been more important to protect products throughout the supply chain – from warehouse to doorstep. You need to have a package design that can withstand the rigors or cross-country shipping. Here are a few things to take into consideration when choosing your corner and edge protection supplier.

Strength of Packaging
The last thing your end-user wants to see when their delivery arrives is a damaged box. Appropriate corner and edge protection plays a big role in preventing damage. Make sure your package is optimized to provide superior protection and has the strength to withstand the potential conditions and hazards that could be encountered.

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Laminations VBoard® is put to the test in the classroom

Great Northern Cares

VBoard in the Classroom

Great Northern Laminations’ Account Manager, Mary Smith, recently visited her son’s 4th grade class at Dryden Elementary in Arlinton Heights, IL, to help with an end-of-the year assignment: to teach the kids about soft skills such as collaboration and problem-solving. This year’s assignment was to work in groups to build, stack, and carry five boxes. Without any extra materials, the 19 students found that carrying the stacked boxes was almost impossible. But with the aid of Laminations’ VBoard edge protection and a few rubber bands, the students were able to quickly and easily carry, and even race their stacked boxes.

Just one of the many ways Laminations VBoard® can solve a stacking challenge!

Amazon requiring new packaging standards effective 8/1/19

Frustration Free Packaging

Effective 8/1/19, Amazon will require all packages that exceed 18”x 14”x 8” or greater than 20 lbs. sold through Amazon to comply with its Frustration-Free Packaging program. For those vendors who don’t comply with the new standards, financial penalties will apply. Early adaptors of the new standards will receive financial incentives.

As a member of Amazon’s APASS network, Laminations can assist its distributor partners and their customers with how to comply with Amazon’s new packaging guidelines.

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Great Expectations is more than a tagline, it is an attitude. At Great Northern, customer challenges are met by an undying spirit to doing what others can’t or won’t. It’s in our DNA. And it is what our customers have come to expect with Great Northern.

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