Improved Efficiencies in Warehouse and Shipping Helped this Global Manufacturer Save Money and Lower Costs

Improved-Efficiencies
Companies that require multiple container sizes in small or large quantities often struggle to find a cost-effective way of maintaining their inventory to meet demand. Most packaging companies prefer to ship truckload orders or larger to keep cost low, however carrying the excess inventory adds cost with storage and handling.

Midway Container worked with a large global manufacturing company to provide them with the exact type of packaging and in the desired quantities they wanted by implementing a Just-In-Time inventory system utilizing Midway Container’s warehousing. This allowed the customer to forgo developing additional warehouse storage at their location. It’s a winning combination that has brought both efficiency and profitability to the project.

The Company

The company is a large global provider of products to both businesses and consumers. Their divisions encompass office supplies, paper products, pharmaceutical and healthcare products, and veterinary products, to name a few. The company blends both high-quality products and affordable prices to reach households and businesses worldwide.

The Problem

The company needed packaging for products for their industrial fasteners they could not store a large quantity of containers at their facilities. The company needed a solution that would store containers for their end customers and deliver small quantities quickly as needed. This combination of services proved difficult to find – until they contained Midway Container.

The Solution

Midway Container offers warehouse storage space for companies, as well as services to ship low volumes of containers as needed. This combination of services was exactly what the large Midwestern manufacturing firm needed. Midway could order packaging in bulk, store it in Midway Container’s warehouses, and have exactly what was needed shipped to their end customers quickly and efficiently.

The Results

The company was thrilled with the fast response time from Midway Container’s staff. Not only did they save money by ordering their packaging materials through Midway Container, but they benefited from the convenient warehouse storage and just in time shipping services.

Midway Container offers a large selection of metal and plastic containers, drums, cans, lids, bottles, and packaging of all types. Whether you need a stock product or are seeking a custom solution, our team will be happy to help you find the right packaging for your business needs. Visit Midway Container or call us at 1-888-843-4421 for a quote.

Meeting Strict State Standards, No Problem for Midway Container

Meeting Strict State Standards
Throughout the nation, people are becoming increasingly concerned with the amount of plastic added to landfills annually. Americans throw away a staggering amount of trash. In Los Angeles county alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments such as grocery bags, plastic straws, and soda bottles, are carried into the Pacific Ocean each day.

Recycling is one answer to the dilemma of plastic in the environment. Some states have specific sustainability requirements for packaging being used for products sold. If these requirements are not met penalties may be incurred by companies that do not the required sustainability requirements.

Midway Container worked with a large Midwestern manufacturing company to help them improve their overall packaging and meet or exceed California standards. The new packaging helped them comply with California’s sustainability requirements and avoid penalty. It also provided the company with excellent packaging that suited their products and pleased their customers.

The Company

The company is a large, Minnesota-based manufacturing firm with global reach. It produces both business and consumer-based products. Many of its products for consumers are household names for office and school supplies, cleaning supplies, industrial applications, and more.

The Problem

California can levy fines on companies that are not in compliance with their sustainability requirements for packaging, and one way to comply with California’s requirements is to incorporate 25% PCR. Because the company produced and shipped products worldwide, it typically sought the lowest-cost, best-performing product packaging regardless of PCR content. They needed a solution that included recycled plastic but was still cost-effective and performed as well or better than their original packaging materials.

The Solution

Midway Container worked with its large network of container manufacturers to find the right packaging materials for the company. We were able to provide them with replacements for many of their current packages that included 25 to 100% PCR. This met or exceeded California’s stringent requirements.

The Results

The company was pleased with the new packages, which performed as well as their older ones but highlighted their concern for environmental responsibility. The 25-100% PCR content met the strictest standards without sacrificing the packages performance. The company was able to use the new packaging and reduce their environmental impact, a plus with green-minded consumers. The company, their customers, and the Earth benefited from the new packaging – a great result!

Midway Container offers a large selection of metal and plastic containers, drums, cans, lids, bottles, and packaging of all types. Whether you need a stock product or are seeking a custom solution, our team will be happy to help you find the right packaging for your business needs. Visit Midway Container or call us at 1-888-843-4421 for a quote.

Lightweight Packaging Saves Money

Lightweight Packaging Tightheads Jerricans Containers Midway Container
Every link in the supply chain effects the overall product. This includes product packaging, which can affect the quality, appearance, and cost of the goods for sale.

The Company

This company primarily produces plastic containers tight heads / jerrycans for a wide range of products. Their plastic containers are known for durability and quality. The company sought to lightweight their containers by reducing the amount of plastic in the finished product while still maintaining strict quality and durability standards.

The Problem

With an increased emphasis on both sustainability and cost reduction the company sought to use less plastic to produce their containers without sacrificing quality, durability, and their UN rating for handling of hazardous material.

The Solution

The company devised a new line of containers using new technology allowing them to use less plastic. The resulting new containers have less gram weight, meaning that less plastic is used. This lowered cost accordingly.

The Results

The new containers use less plastic and as a result have less gram weight which results in a cost savings. The resulting cost savings can be passed onto the companies buying the packaging materials to improve profitability or to provide them with a competitive advantage they can use to win business by offering lower prices on their end goods.

Midway Container is always looking for ways to improve product packaging and containers for our customers. We offer a large selection of metal and plastic containers, drums, cans, lids, bottles, and packaging of all types. Whether you need a stock product or are seeking a custom solution, our team will be happy to help you find the right packaging for your business needs. Visit Midway Container or call us at 1-888-843-4421 for a quote.

Custom Packaging Solutions Enhance Brand Visibility

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Custom packaging solutions can enhance your brand visibility and help increase sales. Think about certain iconic product packages – the classic and graceful Coca-Cola bottle, the square plastic Fiji water bottle. The size, shape, color, and composition of your packaging materials can all be changed to appeal to specific customer groups and help you to build your brand.

Judging a Package by Its Cover

Although the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is true, when it comes to product packaging, consumers do judge a product by its appearance. One-third of consumer sales can be attributed directly to the packaging of a product. For any business, that represents a great deal of money.

Subtle Brand Influence

Package shape, design, and composition subtly influence buying decisions. Packaging represents your brand promise to the consumer. If the packaging feels sturdy, it offers a subconscious promise of durability and quality. If the packaging is inexpensive and bare-bones, it promises lower prices. Every aspect of a product’s package conveys meaning to customers.

Working with Packaging Experts

One way to enhance brand perception of your products is to work with packaging suppliers who have experience in your industry. At Midway Container, our sales staff has worked with many companies in a wide range of industries to solve specific packaging problems and provide either stock or custom solution that enhance our customers’ brands. We are happy to help you find the right packaging materials for your needs.

Custom Mold Solutions

Some customers prefer custom mold solutions to create unique and original product packaging. Custom molds are designed according to your specifications and can be used to produce a variety of types of packages.

Midway Container provides both custom and stock packaging materials and consultation services to help you find the right packaging for your project needs. We offer a large selection of metal and plastic containers, drums, cans, lids, bottles, and packaging of all types. Whether you need a stock product or are seeking a custom solution, our team will be happy to help you find the right packaging for your business needs. Visit Midway Container or call us at 1-888-843-4421 for a quote.

The Advantages of Drums and IBCs

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Drums and IBCs are common items sold through Midway Container. We offer a wide selection of tightheads/jerricans and IBCs to ship chemicals, flavorings, animal feed, lubricants, and many other items. Manufacturers who need to ship raw materials safely and conveniently will find the perfect packaging at Midway Container.

Drums at Midway Container

Tights head and open head drums can be used to ship a range of products including ingredients, chemicals, pelleted animal feed, lubricants, and more. We offer a wide range of closure sizes and options and have several options that are UN approved for hazardous materials and FDA approved. Stock colors include blue and natural.

IBCs Available

Like drums, IBCs can be used to package a wide range of products for a wide range of industries. The IBC bottle is enclosed with a tubular steel cage with a UN rating, and is used to ship a wide range of products conveniently and economically

Great Selection and Service

If you aren’t sure which container meets your needs, we are happy to help you. The staff at Midway Container has many years of experience working companies in many industries. Whether you need a stock product or are seeking a custom solution, our team will be happy to help you find the right packaging for your business needs. Visit Midway Container or call us at 1-888843-4421 for a quote.

Saving Freight Expense and Increasing On-Time Delivery

plan your wholesale salad packaging for best value

The wholesale food industry is highly competitive. Fast delivery of freshly packaged products is essential to ensure high quality for the end-customer.

Midway Container was able assist a co-packer in the food industry improve on-time delivery, save money on freight expenses, and improve their business thanks to creative packaging and warehousing solutions.

The Company

The company is a co-packer in the food industry. They receive materials from companies and package them into many sizes of tubs and containers ranging from single-serve 4 ounce tubs to large 48-ounce party tubs. Salads account for much of their food products.

The Problem

The company used nineteen different tubs and lids, and demand fluctuated seasonally. Their usage forecast doubled in the spring and summer months when customer demand for fresh salads increased. They were purchasing directly from the manufacturer with specific distribution requirements. The manufacturer, however, could not meet their needs, so the company was forced to purchase large shipments of custom-printed tubs and warehouse them until they were needed. This increased their expenses year-round.

A second problem was that the manufacturer they were using could not deliver small quantities with multiple SKUs printed on the stock decorated tubs. This created out of stock situations during the busy season, essentially cutting into business and preventing orders from being fulfilled in a timely fashion.

The Solution

Midway Container worked with the manufacturer and had all nineteen tubs and lids shipped to the Midway Container warehouse. This opened valuable production space for the customer, who no longer had to warehouse the containers.

Because of Midway Container’s extensive supply network, we were able to find all sizes of packages the customer needed, and were able to provide them on an as-needed business. This solved their out-of-stock problem and enabled them to deliver all sizes of salads to the end customer without delay, even during their busy season.

Reducing freight costs and having Midway Container manage inventories has been a benefit to the customer.  Since partnering with Midway Container, they have increased their business through the U.S.A. and are seeing revenue increases. Fixing their packaging, warehousing and freight problems has improved their ability to serve their customers and resulted in larger orders and profits for the company.

A Honey of a Problem, Solved – Midway Container Helped a Honey Processor Save on Product Packaging

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No matter how efficient your company is or how well your current packaging performs, there’s always room for improvement. Midway Container was able to help a 70-year old honey processor reduce costs and improve their packaging.

The Situation

The customer, a honey processing company, sends 55-gallon metal open head drums to bee farmers for the collection of raw honey.  There are more than 300 bee farmers ranging from small production to large production who received the drums.

The company sends 350 drums at a time to each farmer. As the bees do their work and the farmers collect the honey, it is poured into each drum. The drums are then batched into groups of 150 and returned to the honey processing company. The honey processor stocks more than 80,000 drums for this process. Drums are reused until they lose their integrity and then replaced with new drums.

The Problem

The honey processor stocked nearly 80,000 drums, and needed to continually replenish the supply of metal drums as old drums lost their integrity. This was expensive and required a great deal of space to store both used and unused drums. The processor, a leader in the field, wanted to improve packaging and sought assistance from Midway Container on a better solution for both the bee keepers and their company.

The Solution

Midway Container worked with the honey processor to come up with a new standard in packaging that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the processor.

Midway Container’s team came up with the idea to develop a plastic tote that would hold 150 gallons, or the equivalent of three metal drums, of honey. The new totes can be stacked four-high in the warehouse.

The new totes benefited both the honey processors and the farmers:

  • The totes could be more easily moved into the field to collect honey.
  • Less honey is left in each container, which results in higher yields for both farmer and processor.
  • Because totes can be stacked four-high in the warehouse, less warehouse space is needed to hold the same or a greater volume of honey.

Midway Container’s experience and wide range of stock products provided the solution to a honey of a problem; the solution resulted in cost savings as well as increased production.

Plastic Bottles for Pharmaceutical Products: What Do Product Marketers Want?

Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottles

If you could design your own plastic bottles, which features would you add, and why? Packaging Digest recently conducted an informal survey of product marketers around the topic of plastic bottles and blister packs for the pharmaceutical industry. Although blister packs seemed popular, there are some applications for which plastic bottles remain the preferred choice. For these customers, the ‘wish list’ of desirable characteristics is fascinating.

Here’s the rundown of items these product marketers wished they had in plastic bottle design:

  • Easier dispensing technologies. These might dispense the right number of pills or liquid, for example, in a prescribed dose.
  • New and innovative child resistant closures.
  • Other solutions involving bottles with dosing syringes

Many of the respondents requests may already be available in the market they just are not aware of them.  At Midway Container, we go the extra mile to help companies find the right product for their project needs. If we can’t find it, we can discuss custom options. We are always willing to work with our design team to create and the right packaging for your needs.

For more information, please visit Midway Container or call 1-888-843-4421.

Metal Pails Specialized Products

Steel Drums

When shopping for metal pails to be used for your harshest applications you need to talk to someone who knows every detail about the products.  We can help you decide upon and qualify a metal pail that will best meet your applications requirements.

One example of a unique requirement for metal pails is achieving a rust inhibitor lining.  We can provide pails with a basic rust-inhibitor lining, or we can add additional protection through epoxy and phenolic linings as well.  There are lots of considerations when qualifying the best metal pail for your application and Midway Container, Inc. is well suited to help with that process.

Midway Container, Inc. offers a wide range of steel pails.  We stock:

  • Metal Pails, Tight-Heads, and drums
  • Various color options
  • Various lining options
  • Recyclable Pails
  • UN and Non-UN containers

Since 1953 Midway Container has provided competitive pricing to customers worldwide.  Metal pails, tight-heads, and drums are available in standard sizes and we can give your package a unique look with a custom color and lithographic printing.  Our staff is always available to select a package that meets your applications requirements.

Whether you need retail packaging, metal pails for wholesale products, or other product packaging for special orders or other needs, please call Midway Container. Look for us online or call 1-888-843-4421.

3 Tips for Choosing Plastic Pails

UN Approved Plastic Pails

With the abundant selection of plastic pails available in the market which one should you pick for your specific application? Midway Container can help you choose the right plastic pails for your project. We’ve put together a few considerations to help you narrow down options and zero in on the right package for your needs:

  1. What regulatory requirements must your plastic pail and lid meet? If you’re packaging food products, for example, you will need your package to be in compliance with FDA regulations. If your product is hazardous you will need a UN approved package for your product.
  2. Is your product compatible with the plastic pail? Different resins can be used to manufacturer plastic pails. HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) is most commonly used but we can also get certain pails made with PP (polypropylene). Determining resin compatibility with help ensure there is not a package failure in the market.
  3. How much experience does my supplier have? An experienced supplier such as Midway Container, Inc. can best help you determine the right plastic pail for your application at a competitive price. We can guide you through the many considerations, such as logistics, warehousing, decorating, and more to help you contain your project costs without sacrificing quality.

Midway Container has helped businesses worldwide choose plastic pails, containers, tubs and more for over 60 years. Since 1953, we’ve sourced and developed packaging for a wide range of industries. We can ship worldwide, store your plastic pails in our warehouses, and ship stock items out next day. We also offer customizing services to really help your products stand apart.

For more information, see our selection of plastic pails online or call us at 1-888-843-4421.