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Variety-pack box reveals four 22-oz glass bottles inside

Corrugated four-pack offers market differentiation as well as material and transportation savings for the Craft Brew Alliance.
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Unisource Logistics Showcases Solutions at Natural Products – Expo West

Unisource Logistics, part of Unisource Worldwide, Inc., will demonstrate how its logistics expertise can optimize supply chains and speed products to market faster at the Natural Products Expo West, to be held March 9-11, 2012, at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA.
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xpedx names Mark Butryn VP, sales-packaging

Mark Butryn has been named vice president, sales-Packaging, xpedx, and will become a member of the xpedx Sales Lead Team.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Xpedx launches new North American network of package design centers

Xpedx has announced a new network of 7 Package Design Centers with the opening of centers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Rochester, NY, and the expansion of existing design centers in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Juarez, Mexico, metropolitan areas.
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'Game-changing' green innovations win Greener Package Awards

The first-ever Greener Package Awards prove that sustainable packaging has hit the mainstream, with innovations that promise to change the face of packaging forever.
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Web plus

New or enhanced web sites.
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High-volume retailers set the pace for packaging

Consumer packaged goods companies follow high-volume retailers’ packaging lead as they seek to align with retailer strategies, brand positioning.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007

The Design for Profit pavilion makes its debut at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, which expects to welcome more than 25,000 visitors to the booths of 1,200 exhibitors.
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Alluring Perfume Packaging

A new player in the highly competitive perfume/cologne market, Sarbez Perfume, Sarasota, FL, wanted unique, elegant looking packaging to attract buyer attention.
The arrival of top-and-bottom case tapers played a key role in GA Food Services' ability to unitize and ship three-meal kits lik
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They've seen fire and they've seen rain

Contingency planning helped Colonial Carton when fire destroyed its plant, while GA Food Services had to contend with a Katrina-driven 400% increase in business.
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Achievements

Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
Thermal inkjet print heads deliver 
different information on opposite sides of trays packed by Faribault Foods. The company need
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Versatile, high-definition inkjet coder from ATInfo wins for Faribault Foods

AUTOPRINT® system adds flexibility needed in growing contract packaging operation, eliminates clean-up ritual
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Companies

Serac Inc. purchased Nova-Socimec.
Unprinted PVC film unwinds upward to a film former just above a conveyor that moves two cartons at a time into the film in this
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Secondary packaging is primary for ARI

Side-seal horizontal wrappers and PVC film help contract packager ARI thrive by meeting the secondary packaging needs of its customers, which include many of the nation’s largest consumer products companies.See in-plant video
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Companies

–Rohm and Haas Co. (Philadelphia, PA) has started production of adhesives for the Latin American Region at its new Brazilian adhesives plant in Jacare’.
Sealed Air's Instapak® protective packaging solution forms foam pads to lock Overstock.com's merchandise in place during ship
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Web plus: A dot-com looks for packaging solutions

Overstock.com offers a variety of name-brand surplus merchandise, such as toys, diamond rings, and TVs, for up to 70% off the retail price. Just like a catalog retailer, this Internet retailer must invest in quality packaging to ship products to consumers.
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Web-based Distributors

onlineMRO.com (www.onlinemro.com) is an online distributor partnering with buyers, distributors, and manufacturers that provides buying and selling of MRO products online.
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SouthPack 2001 wrap

SouthPack ’01 brought packaging manufacturers together from April 24 to 26 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. The three-day show managed to spark some new technology interests, although many exhibitors were quick to notice the slow pace of attendees throughout the exhibition hall.
Reader-friendly: Audrey is encased in a book-style package.
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New package development: When collaboration is king

Twelve collaborators. Four time zones. Two countries. One Web site. The story of how 3Com used the Web to develop packaging for its new Internet appliance.
In the shipping area at Sassy Baby (below), a worker loads packs into a shrink bundling system. When the order emerges from the
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Customers love new baby 'bundles'

Forced by customer complaints, a strapping system was replaced by a new shrink bundling system so repackager Sassy Baby Products could cut losses from damage and missing containers.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
New wrappers and shrink tunnels produce a variety of ?premium? landscaping products (right) sold in a shrink-wrapped pack. Eas
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Easy Gardener changes its packaging landscape

Improved graphics and a tighter wrap provide stronger shelf presence for rolls of Easy Gardener's landscaping products that are packaged on new wrappers and shrink tunnels.
A 3Com employee scans a  serial number on an adapter  card. That information is entered  into the computer at this workstation
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Unisource Worldwide (Berwyn, PA): George Timchal, senior vp, procurement.
Rubbermaid?s new brick-sized mop package is one-third the size of its previous pack (above). Six brick packs are now shrink-bund
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Rubbermaid compacts damage

Mop heads are compression-packed to one-third their original size and then shrink-wrapped. Other benefits: lower material costs, zero damage and storage efficiencies.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

International Paper (Purchase, NY) has reached a definitive agreement with Mead Corp. to combine the two companies' distribution businesses, xpedx (Covington, KY) and Zellerbach (Miamisburg, OH).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Unisource Worldwide, Inc. (Berwyn, PA): Richard H. Bogan, sr vp, CEO.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Unisource (St. Louis, MO) has opened its first consolidated customer service center in St. Louis.