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Refurbishing Wood Crates - Combining Economics and Sustainability

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 7, 2014 12:42:00 AM

Refurbishing Wood Crates Can Work for You

In our last blog we talked about the 3 R's of the recycling world. Today we are focusing on another version of the 3 R's, Repair, Refurbish and Reuse, three key components of Sustainability. Sustainability has become an integral part of our process at Larson Packaging Company (LPC) because:

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Topics: recycling

Big Load to Ship? Get a Pro to Do the Heavy Lifting & Package Testing

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 28, 2014 6:25:00 PM

Testing Carries the Bulk of the Burden

Large pallet loads, bulk boxes, large wooden boxes and heavy crates can be evaluated by several of the package testing methods mentioned in our previous blogs. A variety of test schedules or protocols are available to gauge transport durability across different logistics systems. Depending on the nature of what is being shipped, test packaging may be limited to measuring for general ruggedness while others replicate stresses known to be encountered in distribution and report upon the effects. When appropriate, packaging may be tested according to formal studies of the distribution environment, including instrumentation, data loggers and observation. Test cycles with these additional documented elements tend to more accurately simulate specific shipping environments.   

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Topics: Crates

Get the Best When You Package Test

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 22, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Test with the Best

No business wants to risk suffering losses or incurring potential liabilities when shipping their products to their customers. That's why at Larson Packaging Company (LPC) we work with you to design and test packaging that can withstand the many stresses of global transit. Over the years we have found that most of our clients benefit from contracting out their package testing needs. We believe that it's appropriate to rely upon an outside expert when:

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Topics: Packaging

Test Product Packaging - Make Sure Yours Passes

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 6, 2014 2:47:00 AM

Why You Need an "A" on This Report Card

A first-rate crating company should be able to help you design and build affordable, reliable and durable crates for your particular product needs. While most shipping performance can be observed and measured, there may be times when it becomes important to test your crating for regulatory and safety reasons. For instance, you may find yourself shipping goods that need to be UN certified or ISTA compliant, etc.  Alternatively, if you are bringing a new product to market you may need to test for specific shock and resonant frequency dampening before shipping. Whatever you require, packaging failures are disruptive and potentially far more expensive than testing. In short, it pays to test.  

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Topics: Packaging

ISPM-15 Ship Internationally in Compliance with Wood Packaging Rules

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 30, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Treatment of Wood Packaging Materials

The Importance of ISPM - International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 

The advent of global trade and travel has had many benefits, but has also occasioned some annoying liabilities. As goods are being shipped around the world, pests have a tendency to hop along for the ride. In response to the continuing spread of wood destroying pests, the European Union has initiated measures to mitigate further destruction. 

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Topics: Packaging

Environmental Stewardship - Recycling Wooden Packaging

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 29, 2014 4:43:44 PM

 The need for environmental stewardship has never been more urgent. At, Larson Packaging Company we are constantly working to combine customer savings and service with smart, green packaging solutions.  We accomplish this by implementing "best practices" for green management and making critical choices throughout the entire packaging cycle. We start by purchasing materials that will stand up well during shipping and can also provide additional value through recycling and reuse.

Read More Wood Crates & Packaging: Balancing Cost & Quality

Retrieval and recovery systems exemplify the meaning of win/win solutions for business. They provide the opportunity to lower costs while employing green management strategies. Recent market research shows that one out of every five wood packaging users currently use, or plans to use, a packaging retrieval and recovery system. This increased use is probably indicative of two trends: a change in attitude toward the environment  and the convenience of solving certain waste disposal problems.  According to this study, the number of users of closed-loop packaging systems is up 300% in just two years and is projected to keep growing.

While many companies may choose to recycle crates and packaging in house, others may find it more convenient and cost effective to engage third parties like Larson Packaging Company. Please contact us to discuss your company's packaging and recycling needs.

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Topics: Packaging, recycling

Wood Packaging - Smart Solutions to Common Purchasing Problems

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 11, 2014 5:07:00 PM

When it comes to running your business, wood packaging issues should be the least of your worries. That said, mistakes do happen and they can be costly. Larson Packaging Company (LPC) realizes that finding the right solutions for your company can be a tedious processs so it pays to get smart about the basics of your product needs. An independent study of wood packing/crating vendors keyed in on five problems common to businesses when buying wood for this purpose. To make sure you get the most out of your wood products purchase, Larson has reviewed each of the five issues and provided solutions on how to avoid these common difficulties.

 

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Topics: Packaging, Crates

Wooden Shipping Crates & Packaging: Balancing Cost and Quality

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Aug 25, 2014 4:32:00 PM

The High Price of Low Cost Packaging

Benjamin Franklin, renowned for his sage advice on a wide range of subjects, was once quoted as saying that "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." This adage remains as valid today as when the words were first spoken. If you are in the business of shipping a product or equipment from a manufacturing or distribution location to the point of use you have a lot at risk. That's why investing in and partnering with a reliable industrial packaging company that provides top quality products and service is so important to your business. 

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Topics: Crates

10 Dirty Tricks of Shady Pallet Manufacturing

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Aug 5, 2014 2:11:00 PM

How to Spot Shortcuts in the Pallet Industry

No buying guide would be complete without alerting readers to “shortcuts” some pallet vendors take. If you order (and are paying a lower price for) pallets with these characteristics, finding them should be no surprise. But if you expect new pallets, to your spec, inspect your delivery for these cost-cutting tricks and demand excellence from your supplier.The consequences could be pallet failure, damaged product, injured workers, production line downtime, customs problems overseas, missed deadlines and potential for legal problems and additional costs well beyond the savings or even total cost of the pallet.

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Topics: Pallets

Welcome New Members of the Larson Team: Angelo and Abraham!

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Jul 21, 2014 4:33:13 PM

Larson Packaging Company is pleased to announce that Abraham Esquivel has joined us as Plant Manager and Angelo Gochangco as Account Manager.

If you have any questions for either – give us a call at (408) 946-4971.

Welcome to the team Abraham and Angelo!

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