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The Myth of the Single Portal

Some online marketplaces would have you believe that at the end of the day, there will be only one Web site that buyers use for Internet packaging procurement.
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Capital Machinery E-sales on Hold

Though business-to-business electronic exchanges may one day make a dent in the packaging marketplace, very little is happening now in the way of point, click and buying of capital equipment online.
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Notable web sites

Materials MarketplacesB2BPKG.com (www.b2bpkg.com) is a packaging materials marketplace that allows users to constuct a private catalog of vendors for online procurement.
The brothers Groves: Savvy surfers Hank (left) and John save time ordering packaging online.
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Racking up the savings

Purchasing packaging materials online saves time, space and headaches for manufacturer of racks and storage systems.
Espino: No more paperwork.
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Materials Purchasing: Grocer buys into online shopping

Grocery retailer H.E. Butt Co. procures packaging materials through the INC2inc Internet marketplace. Now it’s persuading its vendors to climb aboard.
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Preserving collaboration in the age of e-procurement

How General Mills intends to tap Empriva to gain efficiencies while increasing speed to market.
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Used machinery: Offline help drives online purchase

Building a good relationship plays a major role in buying equipment regardless if it is transacted offline or over the Internet. When lubricant manufacturer American Specialty Lubricants decided to invest in a used capper for its Knoxville, TN, facility, it found this to be true.
Smart shopping: Research product information online.
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Sourcing in a whole 'NEW WAY'

Bearing manufacturer saves weeks by sourcing its tabletop protective packaging dispenser kit online.
The price is right: Just input your box specs.
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Price Tool nets Levolor $54,000 in corrugated savings

Levolor Canada has already saved $54ꯠ this year by tapping the information and pricing resources of CorrugatedPrices.com. The cost? A $200 subscription fee and a few hours’ time.
Never say never: only a handful of respondents indicate packaging e-procurement isn't for them. For the rest, buying online is j
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E-procurement intentions survey: Too many sites? Or too little experience?

Packaging procurement via the Internet is already here for some buyers. But very few have developed enough experience to identify which kinds of sites are going to get their company’s business.
Convenient containers: Scouring the globe with a few mouse clicks led to the right packaging ensemble.
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Sourcing globally, clicking locally

The Body Shop pares down on time needed to research containers by tapping into a global, multivendor online stock container catalog.
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Milestones

eWinWin(www.ewinwin.com), an enabler of group buying, achieved its first transaction in the packaging field. In the eWinWin group-buying model, the more buyers that sign up to buy from a given supplier in a specific transaction, the lower the price based on a discount schedule worked out in advance by the seller.
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Healthful soft drink splashes onto scene

Aloe Splash® noncarbonated soft drink debuted in April on the West coast in a custom bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate topped by a large, 38-mm sports cap.
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Colorful containers draw consumers

When Chicago-based Helene Curtis, a div. of Unilever Home and Personal Care, added new products to its popular Suave® hair care line in January 1999, it turned to Clariant Masterbatches Div.
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P&G's innovative package/product

Unique is a word that aptly describes the product and packaging for Dryel®, a fabric care system that permits consumers to dry-clean clothes at home.

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