This Month in Packaging... [September 2021]

Packaging News September 2021

Welcome to the September edition of Rocket Industrial’s ‘This Month in Packaging’ blog series, a monthly wrap-up of packaging related content that catches our eye.

From creating custom sized boxes through automation to paperboard apple packaging, here are five things that caught our attention this month.


Monitoring Recycled Plastics for the Beauty Industry

Cosmetic Packaging

WHO: Beauty Industry

WHAT: Sustainable packaging is the latest must-have for the beauty industry. Reducing the amount of virgin-fossil-based plastic in the supply chain by incorporating recycled plastics is becoming an industry standard. As the beauty industry recycles plastics for packaging, the formulations and quality of post-consumer recycled plastics will be important to monitor.

WHY IT MATTERS: Since these types of products come into contact with the skin, packaging needs to be safe from human health and environmental point of views. There are standards in place for recycled plastics used in food packaging, but not yet for the beauty and cleaning sectors.


Resealable Aluminum Cans

Resealable Aluminum Cans

WHO: Canovation

WHAT: A 2021 Technology Excellence Awards winner at PACK EXPO, Canovation’s CanReseal® is a revolutionary innovation that adds threading to aluminum cans to make them resealable. CanReseal’s patented design creates an air and liquid tight seal for commercially available metal containers, such as beverage, paint, and pet foods cans.

WHY IT MATTERS: The last significant change for aluminum cans was the “stay-on tab” created in the 1980s. This innovation opens up a whole new range of affordable packaging options for product brands.


Automated Packaging for Small eCommerce Operations

Automated Machine Creating Boxes

WHO: Packsize

WHAT: Each item that is shipped from shopgoodwill.com could be of a different size, resulting in an excess of corrugated and void fill materials being used to ship items. By implementing an automated solution called Packsize, shopgoodwill.com is able to generate a right-fit carton for its ever-changing assortment while expediting its outbound packaging process.

WHY IT MATTERS: It is a common misconception that automation will only reduce labor and materials for large operations, but small operations can benefit just as much. With a compact Packsize system, custom sized boxes are created on a need-as basis to reduce wasted inventory space taken up by boxes while enhancing the customer unboxing experience.


Paperboard Packaging for Produce

Apple Paperboard Packaging

WHO: BelleHarvest

WHAT: BelleHarvest’s new paperboard packaging for apples is a high quality, sustainable alternative to using plastic for packaging apples. This new design provides a dense layer of protection compared to the delicate polymer material typically used to package apples and other produce.

WHY IT MATTERS: The upright packaging structure protects apples from bruising during transport while enhancing branding opportunities by increasing billboarding space. The grab handle of the box also allows for quick grab-and-go accessibility for consumers.


Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Rocket Industrial Snack Bags

WHO: Rocket Industrial

WHAT: In celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 12-18), we handed out snacks at our Wausau warehouse to show our appreciation.

WHY IT MATTERS: Over the past year, we have seen the essential role that truck drivers play in ensuring products get delivered on time and damage-free.


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