Recently, through a partnership with a key customer, CMG helped revitalize a previously retired package that proved to be an ideal solution in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Old Is New Again
That package is the type traditionally found in hotels: a small plastic bottle with a flip-top lid that holds one-to-two ounces of shampoo, lotion or other personal care items. In recent years, some hotel chains have been moving away from small travel-size bottles, opting instead for larger, multi-use packaging of shampoo and body wash with convenient dispensers. With the COVID- 19 pandemic, there is currently high demand for more single-use packaging, especially for hand sanitizer and other antibacterial products that may help avoid the spread of the virus. (more…)
The commodity look of packaging for dairy products is about to end thanks to our in-mold labeling capabilities. The process creates packaging that is unique and eye catching. Operating from our U.S. and Canadian facilities, we’re creating dynamic packaging looks for a variety of dairy products, including several ricotta cheese brands. The process is also ideal for emerging or specialty niche brands in many other consumer brand product formats, including food grade cups, tubs, square or oval containers and lids. (more…)
The ingenuity of young, creative minds is something we encourage and celebrate at CMG. We believe it’s the best way to develop leading-edge solutions that apply proven problem-solving techniques in novel, progressive ways. Such was the situation with a group of engineering students from NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) who wanted to do their part in supporting the healthcare and other affiliated professionals who are on the frontlines of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
So, you’re going to PackExpo. So are we (see us in Upper Lakeside Hall, Booth #E-7552booth). Tradeshow experts say you can get more out of two days at a tradeshow than you can out of a month on your computer or you phone – because everyone and everything is all there in one place. But to capture this value as an attendee you have to prepare. Here’s our advice on how to do that – at PackExpo – or any show:
Before the Show
- Shows can be overwhelming – and if you just show up without a plan (and too many do), you are going to miss a lot. The first step in building a plan is to know exactly what you want to get out of the show. Are you going to make contacts, see demos, vet suppliers, get pricing, see what’s new, attend seminars or something else?
- Then make an hour-by-hour plan to achieve your goals. A great starting point is the show’s website which shows you who’s exhibiting, a map of where they are on the show floor, seminar and event schedules and more.
- See if you can make appointments with the companies you want to see most. Some of the savvier exhibitors support this. Look for companies promoting appointment on the show’s website.
- Prepare your list of key supplier questions before hand – so you don’t miss something crucial
The health and quality of your supply chain is directly related to your ability to operate profitably as a company. Quality problems, missed deadlines, or constant searching for new vendors costs money and time that could be spent on other vital parts of your business. So if a supplier provides some business critical product or service (like plastic packaging), you need a guarantee of uninterrupted service before you start working with them. Here are the four most important steps for evaluating a supplier upfront.
Financial Health: This is a key measure of a supplier’s ability to meet your needs over time. It’s particularly critical if you are counting on a long-term relationship. Key financial health measures include overall profitability and key ratios consistent with healthy companies in the supplier’s industry. So make sure you see what you need to feel confident.
Competencies: These are all the plastic packaging supplier’s capabilities – big and small – a supplier needs to serve your business successfully. Carefully delineate them upfront, then be ready to ask probing questions about each of them until you get the level of detail required to make a decision. In the plastic packaging business key competencies could include all kinds of things: plant location, speed and capacities, QC procedures, types of equipment, access to pellets, molding, service of customers with similar needs, ancillary capabilities like decorating and assembly. And of course, pricing that is competitive with what other suppliers are offering. Think beyond your current needs, considering what additional capabilities you might require in the next few years.
Responsiveness: How does the plastics manufacturing supplier plan to keep in touch? Are they offering a single point of contact? Are they willing to customize their communications and reporting requirements to match your needs? Can they offer the data and reporting you require? What about access to their senior people should you need it? And perhaps, most important, how well do the respond during the evaluation process? What happens then is probably a good indicator of what will happen later.
Culture Match: What are the supplier’s key values? What do they say makes the plastics company different? If they focus on low cost, and your business values quality and consistency most, it could be a mismatch. A tour of the facility is also a must. If what they say and what you see and feel from their people and facilities don’t match, pay attention. Gut impressions are important.
We know there can be more to a supplier evaluation than just these four things (for instance interviewing current supplier customers). But we believe these evaluation steps are the most important and that any supplier who comes through them successfully is highly likely to be able to meet your needs.
We invite you to speak with us, to learn more.