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Packaging World       Editor, Bob Sperber
SPONSOR: Saddle Creek Corporation December 8, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

Feature article: Outsourced manufacturing, packaging help manufacturer find focus >>

When a growing home fragrance maker needed to boost production, the company leveraged the strengths of its third-party logistics provider. Expanding the relationship to include contract-manufacturing as well as traditional 3PL services allowed the company to focus on its core business with great results.

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Fresh off the press: E-Fulfillment Trends Report >>

Order fulfillment has become a critical business function. How are companies handling the increased complexity? Saddle Creek’s E-Fulfillment Trends Report takes a close look at best practices, common challenges and emerging trends in e-fulfillment today. Download this new whitepaper.

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Case study: Turnkey logistics solution helps company manage growth >>

Providing creative ideas for saving money, streamlining processes, and improving distribution are just a few of the ways that Saddle Creek helped a home fragrance maker to take its packaging to the next level. Learn more about the 3PL’s solution for EnviroScent’s business challenge.

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Integrate packaging with logistics to streamline operations and control costs >>

Meet all your warehousing and distribution needs with a single partner. See how our secondary packaging capabilities (assembly, kitting, displays, etc.) can be integrated with our warehousing, transportation and logistics services to increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs and improve control of your supply chain.

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Case study: 3PL helps top data storage manufacturer solve inventory challenge >>

When a data storage manufacturer needed help with an inventory control challenge, Saddle Creek came to the rescue with a creative solution. See how the 3PL helped to streamline the manufacturer’s supply chain and control costs by customizing the product closer to the end user.

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CPA State of the Industry Report: Positive growth through 2012

The 2011 CPA State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report is now available. It indicates strong revenue growth for 2011, and projects continued growth for 2012. It is the result of an extensive survey of contract packaging companies, both CPA members and non-member companies, covering the state of their individual businesses and their view of the state of the industry. The report slices and dices findings by region, market segments, company size and revenue. Among other things, users can find out which CPG demands are impacting contract packaging; learn how packagers find contract packaging companies; understand technical drivers and how they relate to operational influence; recognize key areas of influence, including retailer influence on contract packaging; discover the most effective promotions for contract packaging companies and identify regulatory and environmental impacts on contract packaging. Read more about this and other CPA news from Contract Packaging Magazine here and /or order from the CPA by clicking here.

 

Contract packager invests in eco-friendly compliance package

Jim Butschli, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Packaging, brings us the story of a collaboration between contract packaging firm Legacy Pharmaceutical Co. and Keystone Folding Box Co., which helped to create a virtual one-stop-shop for pharmaceutical companies interested in using a new child-resistant ( F=1) senior-friendly compliance package made from 100% recyclable material.

The package, Ecoslide-RX, uses a child-resistant locking mechanism that is opened with a thumb press on a release button located on the corner of a major panel of the carton that aims to make it difficult for children to open, yet senior friendly. Inside the carton is a film/foil blister that slides out when the CR lock is released, but remains connected to the carton at all times. The assembly process does not require any heat-sealing of paperboard. According to Legacy's website, the CP is investing in automated blister lines for Ecoslide-RX to meet the early 2012 launch date. The lines will be installed in its St. Louis, MO, facility, which recently tripled its footprint to 270,000 sq ft. The collaboration makes Ecoslide-RX available to pharmaceutical companies that otherwise would require time and capital to either modify existing equipment or install new automation machinery into their facilities.

Read the full story here. And, in related news: Be sure to click on this recap of two more compliance packages: "Co-packers help AccuDial and PediaCare innovate with kid-medicine dosing packs."

 

Cost savings via information technology

The latest installment of our "Cost Cutter" series by Lisa Shambro, Executive Director, Foundation for Strategic Sourcing / F4SS, focuses on information technology. This follows her previous, related discussion of continuous improvement or CI. Shambro comes at IT improvements via reflections from the latest F4SS conference, which featured presentations by leading companies including Unilever, Del Monte, and Subaru. On Del Monte, she noted that Robert Lim, vice president of demand and supply planning, "explained how the company's integration of supply chain partners in a demand-driven operating model resulted in cost-savings and benefits including a forecast accuracy increase of 400 basis points.... Also during the conference, Brian Stofflet of Unilever shared exceptional results the company found using its SAP system to measure supplier performance. Through analysis, Stofflet's team was able to identify opportunities in areas none would have guessed, but which significantly reduced production down time for significant cost-savings. The system has proven an invaluable tool for providing transparency to manufacturing snarls."

While every company must implement IT solutions in a manner consistent with its unique business processes, Shambro explains that the key to success is careful planning and execution. Read the full story here.

 

Welcome, new CPA members

Before we call it a wrap... we want to offer a quick "shout out" to the following members and associate members who joined the CPA between the summer and fall editions of Contract Packaging magazine: ARI Packaging; Blendco, Inc.; FasPac; Packaging, LP; IdaCold Packaging Inc.; Kenco Logistic Services; Kleen Test Products Corp.; LHB Industries; Matt Pak Inc.; NewStream Enterprises, LLC; NP Food Service Sales, LLC; Pharmachem; Research Products; Superior Pack Group and World Grocer.

I invite all parties working across the value chain to contact me with stories, new tech, issues, great thoughts and news items that specifically relate to contract packaging. Best, -Bob Sperber

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