Welcome to the February 2024 edition of Rocket Industrial’s ‘This Month in Packaging’ blog series, a monthly wrap-up of packaging-related content that catches our eye.
From packaging materials playing a vital role in a museum move to accessible lidding for jarred products, here are five things that caught our attention this month.
WHO: Milwaukee Public Museum
WHAT: In preparation for its move to its new building in 2027, the Milwaukee Public Museum has begun packing efforts. With more than 4 million objects needing to be moved, reusable materials, such as collapsable crates, are being used to eliminate unnecessary waste.
WHY IT MATTERS: Choosing the right packaging materials for the move is vital in ensuring that the objects stay safe during storage and transport. From wrapping in acid-free and dye-free tissue to barcoding each object, packaging plays a crucial role in the move.
WHO: Chilau Foods
WHAT: Chilau Foods, a line of southern-inspired stew bases and spices, adopted the EESAY lid for its products. Traditional jarred products require more than 40 in-lb of torque to open, while some require more than 50 in-lb of torque. The EEASY lid allows consumers to vent a vacuum-sealed jar by simply pressing a button on the lid, which results in an average of 9 in-lb of torque to open a jar.
WHY IT MATTERS: Accessible packaging is becoming more popular as companies are trying to better accommodate all consumers. The company created its stew bases to make cooking simple and delicious and believes that opening the jars should be just as easy.
WHO: Confectionary Industry
WHAT: In a survey by the National Confectioners Association, it was suggested that 92% of consumers planned to share chocolate and candy for Valentine’s Day, and two-thirds preferred to give and receive their treats in heart-shaped boxes. Dating back as early as the 1840s, heart-shaped boxes have become the norm for Valentine’s Day treats.
WHY IT MATTERS: Chocolate and candy play a special role in so many special moments throughout the year, and the specialized packaging for holidays has become expected.
WHAT: An AI-powered Robotic Depalletization System by OSARO uses SightWorks Perception Software to handle packages of various sizes and materials that are stacked on mix-case pallets. The AI-driven system quickly assesses case angles and prioritizes the order of unloading for each package.
WHY IT MATTERS: This new technology enhances efficiency and safety for warehouse operations, which results in up to 40% cost savings compared to manual labor.
WHO: Rocket Industrial
WHAT: Members of our sales team visited one of our stretch film vendors to get a tour of the facility and greater product knowledge.
WHY IT MATTERS: Connecting with our suppliers helps us better understand their products so we can ensure we are recommending the best products for our customers.
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