The Season of Oktoberfests: Marking and Coding More Than Beer Bottles

Event coordinators around the world have it made for the month of October.  Between Oktoberfest events (cheers to you, Reading Leiderkranz – the best in all the US lands), Fall Festivals, our own local Yorktoberfest and all the pumpkin spice someone can take it is a busy time of year for everyone, including breweries. Central PA’s local micro-breweries have been popping up left and right to add to the already hoppy landscape with big-time brewers like Yuengling, Tröegs, and Victory.  It’s exciting to witness and gives us the opportunity to…

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All About Strapping

Using strapping in your packaging line can help reinforce packages in different ways.  In today’s post we are going to outline the most common uses, benefits, and drawbacks of different strapping materials to help you determine if your packaging configuration could benefit. There are four different strapping mediums: steel, polyester (PET), polypropylene (polypro), and cording. Steel Strapping Steel strapping is the strongest of all the strapping materials.  It is recommended where high strength is necessary, low elongation (stretch) is important, and where the product may be sharp or hot.  Steel…

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Five Questions to Ask Before Buying Packaging Equipment

If you have learned one thing in the packaging business thus far in your career it is probably that you can’t always go off of price.  There are a lot of decisions that go into why one product works over the other and that innovative advances can’t always be seen by looking at the product.  We understand this and know the same is true for purchasing equipment.  So, how do you make your decision after you have compared basic features and prices?  Here are five questions to ask your supplier…

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Feeling Green Yet? How Thinking Sustainably Can Up Your Packaging Game

Amazon.com has already revolutionized the way companies and customers think about e-commerce sales. Now, similar to Walmart, they are making waves in regards to how companies and customers are thinking about packaging and bringing that conversation out of the warehouse and to the forefront of a customer’s mind. Recently an article was published on how Amazon is suggesting packaging tips to its resellers to reduce packaging while still maintaining the integrity of the package while in transit.  If suppliers follow their tips they are promised better promotion across the site…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Save Money by Right-Sizing your Packages

A couple years ago UPS made the announcement they would be switching over to using DIM weight while considering the billable weight for shipping rates and other shipping carriers followed suit.  This change had a delayed impact on a lot of companies as they had or were in the process of negotiating shipping terms for set periods of time.  But, many of those contracts are now expiring and more and more companies are asking us:  How do we get our shipping rates down? There are a few ways we go…

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Welcoming Ryan Wentz Aboard

Colony is excited to announce Ryan Wentz as a new member of the sales force team.  Ryan came to Colony recently after six years as a Territory Manager for Ranpak – one of Colony’s leading vendors in void fill solutions. The transition from Ranpak to Colony was an easy one for Ryan. “I had always been welcome with access to employees and the warehouse. It already felt like a family,” he said. Ryan is most excited about being able to continue to help customers problem solve.  He says, “It’s about…

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4 Differences Between Stretch Film and Shrink Film

One of the biggest “verbiage” misuses we see in the industry has to be shrink film vs stretch film and everything in between like plastic wrap, cling wrap, or the like.  If you get these terms confused also you are not alone. Let’s unpack it! It’s true that both shrink and stretch films are designed to unitize products onto pallets and both are generally made from polyethylene resins.  Another truth, shrink films are produced on blown film lines and stretch films can be produced on either blown or cast film lines….

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our new packaging blog!  We’ve been in the business for over 50 years and we know keeping up with what’s going on in product development and industry news can be a bit daunting when you have a business to run.  This blog will act as a user-friendly guide to product information and equipment within the industrial packaging industry.  We’ll update you with industry news, product guides, dos and don’ts when searching for what you need, and more.  Have a product question or suggestion for a blog post?  Contact us and…

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