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Stacked rolls of black poly strapping banding.

Is polyester or steel strapping a better solution?

Understanding Banding Basics Strapping has been around for a long time in the packaging world and there are many different types. The most common strapping’s are made from either plastic or steel. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, making it important to understand how each material performs in specific scenarios. In this article, we…

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Automatic tape dispensing machine

Reduce your simple packaging tasks with entry-level automation

What is entry level automation and who is it for? Essentially, entry-level packaging automation is a gap filler for the company that may not need a fully-automated line but could benefit from the utility, convenience, and accuracy associated with automating at least some of the smaller tasks. From ecommerce to brick-and-mortar retail to medical and…

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Box shipping protection with void fill packing peanuts

What are the best packaging materials for your budget?

There is so much to consider from the weight and dimensions of your product, to the options for both inner and outer packaging, to custom or stock packaging! You want something eye-catching that establishes brand recognition to your target market, and materials that protect your product but with options that don’t break the bank. Budget…

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Need reliable automated packaging equipment?

Automated Packaging Systems Should your fulfillment center explore this option? E-commerce isn’t slowing down, a limited labor market is creating more pain points in current market conditions, and customers have increasing expectations such as 2-day shipping. The solution your competitors, like Amazon, are already turning to is automated packaging systems. Both businesses that manage packaging…

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Pallet of stretch wrap film

Is hand wrap or machine stretch film a better solution?

What is stretch film? A highly stretchable sheet of plastic material used to wrap around items. The elastic recovery keeps the products tightly bound. Stretch film wraps products on pallets and secures them to each other and the pallet. This helps to reduce product loss, discourage load tampering, and reduce worker injury. There are a…

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Stacks of cardboard for recycling

Tested Sustainable Packaging Materials & Trends for 2023

At OPC Direct we partner with mother nature first, this means more than just sustainable packaging solutions but sustainable practices too. Our sustainable practices include our vendors, products, team, and our customers. Due to global awareness of environmental sustainability practices, companies and consumers alike have demanded greener practices.    Eco friendly packaging ensures that we…

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Warehouse Automation Equipment Wrapping Pallet

What are the benefits of automated packaging?

Packaging is often the first aspect of the consumer experience, which is why the highest product packaging quality is essential for your business. Automated packaging guarantees the quality of your packaging remains consistent. The benefits of packaging automation outweigh any upfront costs, including quality control, increased productivity, employee safety, and decreased labor costs. Quality Control…

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Shrink Wrap Machine

The differences between stretch wrap and shrink wrap:

Shrink wrap/shrink film and stretch film/stretch wrap, are two very different packaging methods. While both are polymer-based, there are significant differences between the two. Simply put, shrink wrap does not stretch and stretch film does not shrink.   Shrink Wrap Shrinkwrap, also known as Shrink Film is a packaging material made of polymer-based plastic. When this…

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