Are you looking to reduce production costs whilst increasing output? What if you could achieve both and more, yet still reduce your business’ impact on the environment? Sometimes the best solution may not be the most obvious one. If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your supply chain process, it may not be apparent that the solution could be the very thing holding your product – your bulk bags.

To help customers identify the right type of bulk packaging, we created an infographic guide to the various kinds, their uses and features. All our bulk bags can be customised to your exact specification, from size and colour to branding with your logo and message.

The PVC bulk bag, manufactured in the UK by Structure-flex (SFX), is without a doubt, the ultimate bulk bag, used by many of Europe’s leading manufacturers to store foodstuffs, chemicals and pharmaceutical products. It is a unique product to the world of bulk powder and granular handling, boasting many features that benefit businesses.

The history of bulk bags

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Bulk bags – or Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) – have been used as packaging since the mid 20th century, although there is some debate over when exactly they were first made. These big bags, as they are sometimes known, were made in Europe, the US and Japan during the 1950s, which means that the bulk packaging industry is surprisingly young.

If bulk packaging is a key area that affects your business, continuity of supply is crucial to avoid disruption to your business. Establishing a consignment stock system can eliminate this risk factor. Consignment works on a pay-as-you-go basis. What this means is the packaging company sends you their products – bulk bags, for example – which are stored on your business premises, but you are not charged until they are used. Charges are normally based on a monthly inventory check.

Unlike suppliers, bulk packaging specialists can propose recommendations to improve your business supply chain. Minor modifications to a bag specification can have a major impact on costs, business processes, and the environment. For example, Cliffe Packaging proposed specification adjustments for a key partner that reduced bag unit cost by 8.2% in 2015. As such, it makes good business sense to team up with a bulk packaging specialist, and this article explores the many reasons why.

Your product packaging serves as a consumer’s introduction to your brand, as it is often the first thing they see, so it’s no surprise that companies can spend millions on packaging design. Why not make your packaging work even harder?

There are multiple factors to consider for improving packaging for your business. Protecting products is important, but businesses must also be mindful of costs and the impact of packaging on the environment. Bulk bags are an increasingly popular and sensible choice for several reasons.