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

custom-packaging-solutions

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.

Just In Time Inventory

palletized 5 gallon buckets

Midway Container offers customers the convenience of Just-In-Time Inventory through our warehouse. Midway’s warehouse stocks hundreds of containers that are in stock and ready for pickup within 1 – 2 business days. Just-In-Time Inventory allows customers to order as they need product instead of spending the money or space to store packaging products before it is needed. Midway also has a low minimum order amount of $100. This low minimum provides the opportunity to order a small amount of inventory great for trying out a new product. To see the wide variety of containers that we stock, see our product catalog.  

 

 

 

Humble Beginnings and a Bright Future

An early logo from Midway Container

One of our early logos

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Midway Container. It all started when our CEO, Warren Larson, worked for his uncle Charlie at The Farm Oyl Company, a blender of oils and greases in Saint Paul. At that time, an American Can Company executive was seeing declining production at his St. Paul can plant; small orders were causing far too many line changes. He encouraged Charlie to become a distributor for American Can Company and service the smaller customers. Charlie said yes and Midway Can Company was born.

Midway Can Company started with selling just a few products, gallon and quart paint cans. As the company grew, so did the product line. Today Midway sells metal, plastic and fiber containers, as well as container accessories. To encompass the ever expanding product lines, Midway Can Company changed its name to Midway Container, Inc. in 1986. At the beginning there was one vendor – American Can Company, now Midway is aligned with over a hundred top suppliers in the nation to offer a wide variety of products. Midway’s territory has also greatly expanded across the Midwest and even ships coast to coast.

Midway also works with our customers to create brand new packaging designs. This focus on customers and providing excellent customer service has been just one of the reasons for its success. Talking to the president, Gene Fredrickson, he contributes Midway’s success to excellent service to long term customers, great suppliers and a continuing array of new products.

We at Midway are proud of our company’s past success and look with eager anticipation to an even brighter future. Happy anniversary Midway Container, here’s to 60 more years of great products and service!