How has your world changed over the past year? Think about how our lives were pre-Covid-19. It is amazing what we took for granted in our everyday lives, including how easily we were able to source products.
Face to face meetings, dinner, and social interaction for relationship building has been replaced with Zoom calls, Teams meetings, and a non-personal approach to business. It takes a unique personality and skill set to develop strong relationships remotely while providing superior service and products.
Today the market is still adjusting to the dynamics of the surge in demand combined with restrictions on production due to Covid-19 requirements and the continued fluctuation of available personnel due to Covid-19 surge quarantines, etc. It is very important to make sure that your suppliers have not only a strong supply chain of your products but a valid back up plan to protect your business and your customers.
We have recently been inundated with customer requests for wipes canisters, lids, and rolled wipes. Our customers have shared their experiences, frustrations, and successes on how they have tried to manage this growing and demanding packaging requirement.
Offshore supply has its challenges. Not only do you have to locate a supplier, you also have to sort through the many options out there and determine which are really viable and which are not. So many people have tried to manage this supply chain and been hit with hidden costs, tariffs, the rising cost of shipping from Asia, shipping container availability, long delays in the ports (especially the West Coast) and, worst of all, an inferior product. Many times, the inferior product is not discovered until you are in possession for the product and have already paid for it! Your recourse is limited and very dependent upon whether or not you made a good decision on the supplier.
Unlike less costly packaging components like caps and sprayers, your dollar liability with wipes packaging is substantial, often millions of dollars. So how can you protect yourself from the risk of bringing wipes in from oversees?
Here are a few things for you to consider.
- Are you dealing with a reputable company overseas? How can you be sure?
- Does your supplier have a US presence of personnel and an established track record that you can verify?
- If you are dealing with distribution, do they have a presence in the country that you are importing from?
- Who are you sending your money to? An offshore account or a US entity?
- What is your recourse should a problem arise?
- Who is managing the shipping?
- Are the products arriving DDF or are you responsible for duties, etc?
- Do you receive pre-production samples?
- Are the materials certified to be what you ordered?
- Do you want to deal direct or does it make sense for you to work with a distribution company that specializes in supply chain solutions and has the experience and relationships to handle this magnitude of supply of product and, frankly, your risk?
Please keep in mind that it is easy for a distributor or broker to talk a good game on how they can handle your business. However, how can you ensure that they really can?
Here are a few simple questions to ask.
If they can’t say yes to each question, then move on to another option.
- Do you have a local presence in the country that is producing the wipes packaging?
- Do you currently supply wipes, can we have references?
- Does your wipes supplier have a US presence?
- Do you have a backup supplier and country of origin?
- Do you have plans for domestic supply? What are they?
- Do you offer any product differentiation that would give us a market advantage?
- Do you have a subject matter expert on staff that can answer technical questions?
In response to the growing market needs for wipes packaging, we at Dempsey International have developed and implemented a very strong supply chain which combines offshore supply in multiple locations, US/Canada supply of all components, and unique and eco-friendly product differentiation that will help you grow your product line and lower your carbon footprint.
We have a wide selection of canisters, pails, lids, wipes, and total packages to meet your requirements for wipes. We work with EPA, FDA certified facilities and high quality component suppliers across the globe to meet our stringent customer requirements.
For any questions related to the wipes market, our knowledgeable team at Dempsey International Packaging is available as a resource to you. Simply email email@example.com to get in touch.
Priority Plastics Now Sold on the Raptor Marketplace
The Raptor Marketplace continues to grow and now offers brands even more packaging solutions. They are pleased to announce that Priority Plastics Inc. has joined the Raptor Packaging Marketplace as a vendor initially offering industrial Tight Heads, FortPacks, and various PET bottles and jars.
Coca-Cola, Goodyear, Jell-O, Tide, Gillette, Kellogg’s—what do these brands have in common? High brand equity. Each of these brands has a widely known reputation for a certain type of product with an expected level of consistent quality that has lent itself to consumer confidence. We buy these brands because we know and trust them; this level of familiarity and confidence amongst consumers is powerful. How do we achieve the same for our own brands?
Customer satisfaction, future business, and the reputation of your company all hinge upon how efficient and reliable your logistics partner is and how well they can respond to the inevitable unexpected problems that arise. Since choosing the right logistics partner can be difficult, here are 5 things to consider when choosing your next logistics partner:
Although it can be difficult and challenging to accept new meeting requests and sales inquiries, the investment made can and does pay dividends long term to your business. To rely solely on your known existing supplier base for your procurement needs is a huge and unnecessary risk in today’s marketplace. Here’s three reasons why you should consider having additional sources of supply for your most critical purchase components.
5 Reasons Compression Blow Forming Packers Outperform Traditional IBM Packers
The introduction of the Sacmi Compression Blow Forming technology (CBF) is a game changer for HDPE packers. The process by nature makes a better bottle, more consistently, with better manufacturing economics. Sacmi’s recent innovations and entrance into the North American market are providing marketers of Healthcare, Nutraceutical, and other products with new innovative options to improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce overall costs.
The Wipes Market and What to Look Out For
As we enter month seven of the current pandemic the sanitizer gels and liquids seem to be leveling off and with it some of the hysteria. With that, the packaging, fillers, and distribution channels have also settled down to some sense of normalcy. The emerging need that has hit today’s consumer and thus all of us in the supply chain is the national shortage of wipes. Like many other products in the market, all wipes are not created equally. What the ingredients are, what claims are made on the label, and how the wipe is being marketed will determine which regulatory arm of the government is involved and what approvals are required.
Packaging Supply Allocation 101
As suppliers seek to normalize their business and maintain market positioning, they are finding themselves in the very uncomfortable position of not being able to meet their normal demand and to service all of their customers’ needs. The rules of allocation vary from one organization to the next, but they typically follow normal business practice with supply agreements, profitability and the strategic importance of the account used to make allocation decisions.
Why Are Ocean Freight Rates So High?
The trans-pacific trade (TPEB) market, especially Asia to the United States is in a state of complete chaos. Between rates, space, equipment, weather, and tariffs, there is quite a bit to discuss. Many of you have wondered, “Why are rates so high now?” The answer is complicated; here’s a few of the many pieces that will help paint a picture and understand the situation.
PET: It's Not Just Another Bottle
When selecting PET (polyethylene terephthalate) as a bottle material you will rely on your supplier to choose a 1-stage or 2-stage manufacturing process. Each will produce high quality bottles but each also have advantages and disadvantages that you should understand.
Ensuring Proper Packaging Is Critical with the FDA Guidelines for Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Sanitizers
With the surge in demand for hand sanitizers, we’ve seen an equal surge in the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. We applaud the countless businesses who have converted their production facilities over to produce sanitizing products, ensuring more essential cleaning supplies make it to the shelves and into the hands of consumers.
COVID-19 and Key Industry Dynamics
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen unprecedented disruption of the packaging supply chain, the result of which has made it very tough, and in some cases, impossible to meet customer demand. Some of the industry dynamics have resulted in under capacity and under supply. I will explain a few of the key dynamics happening.
5 Things to Look for in a Packaging Supplier
One of the most critical attributes that you can look for in a supplier (manufacturer or distributor) is the ability to provide accurate and dependable technical support. Most anyone can sell a product but few provide the technical expertise that comes with being a qualified supplier. Here are a few key attributes to look for when selecting what distributor to buy from.
5 Things to Consider when Importing Packaging
As you look near and far for your next generation of packaging, carefully consider the challenges before you decide to import. In many cases, customers overlook the soft costs associated with managing a supply chain that spans great distances and cultures. Whether you have a Packaging Distributor involved or if you are managing the process yourself, there are many things to consider: quality, logistics, price, inventory and expertise. Setting your company and team up for success means making sure you have transparency into how things will be managed.
5 Things to Know About Glass Quality
Glass quality can vary greatly from process to process — what appears simple on the outside is much more dynamic and complex on the inside. Understanding some of these key elements and how they affect quality and consistency can make a big difference for you and your business.
- Nate Calvert
- Company News
- Created 09 Mar 2021
- Modified 09 Mar 2021
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