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February

How to ship a car to Hawaii

A cousin of mine is preparing to move to Hawaii, and she asked me if I had any recommendations on how to get her minivan shipped over the islands. “Is it worth it to ship a car to Hawaii,” she asked. “Should I instead just sell it and buy a new vehicle when I get to Honolulu?”

Well, the answer to those questions really depends on the type of car we’re talking about. For example, if the vehicle in question is a clunker that already is on its last legs,

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December

Why big warehouses are hot real estate right now?

If you haven’t yet noticed, everyone is spending a lot more time at home and a lot less time out and about. This includes less time shopping. American malls, which were once a bustling hub of consumer activity, there are now covered with “for lease” signs beckoning the next naive store owner to try their hand at a brick-and-mortar store, which will likely fail. And while mall real estate is suffering, warehouse real estate is booming. A recent CNBC article had a headline that began “U.S. needs more warehouses .

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November

Eco-friendly packaging ideas

The amount of stuff that is shipped through the mail every day is truly staggering. For example, in the United States, there are 472.1 million mailpieces delivered each day. Yes, you read that right. Each day. Add to that the additional 34 million packages that UPS and FedEx deliver and you’ve far surpassed 500 million pieces of mail every day. That’s 156,000,000,000 pieces of mail a year! With the vast amount of mail pieces, you begin to realize that a vast amount of packaging is also being used. And

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16

September

How to package chocolates

We live in an era where everyone is connected with technology and consumer products from around the world can be delivered straight to the doorstep.However, even with convenience of online shopping, many feel the need to make their own products at home. Some do it as a hobby, some do it for prepping, and some do it for health. One of the most common ways people make their own products at home is through food preservation, usually in the form of canning (e.g. veggies from the garden). However, there is

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21

July

Packing and hauling a piano: Part 2

In an earlier post, I shared some important instructions pertaining to properly transporting a piano. In that article, I mentioned that I always ask for assistance when packing and moving a piano. I then gave 11 points of advice. In today’s article, I will add a few more items to the list; items that pertain specifically to packing and transporting a grand piano.

Hauling a grand piano sounds like a daunting task, but, thankfully, it has been done for so many years, movers have fine-tuned (no

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29

June

Packing and hauling a piano

Packing and moving a household of furniture is always a headache (and backache) for me. I usually underestimate the amount of time required for proper packing and tend to resist asking others for help. Yet, I’ve moved often enough, that each time I do so, I feel like I’ve learned enough from prior moves to make the latest move a breeze. However, it never is easier, because with each new move I have MORE furniture to deal with than prior moves. And no, I am not a

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April

Choosing the Right Box Size

Boxes come in all shapes and sizes.  So do products.  Yet, have you ever ordered something small
from an e-commerce company only to have it shipped in a box that was entirely
too big?  Who bears the brunt of the
added shipping cost associated with an oversized container?  The consumer? The e-commerce company?  Answer: Both.
The consumer bears added cost of shipping and the e-commerce company realizes
an increase in the cost-of-goods-sold (COGS) through increased costs in boxes,
packing material, and warehouse storage. 
It all adds up.

Take the example of a small bottle of
vitamins. 

One. Small. Bottle.

If

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01

March

Packaging technologists love to talk about their products, but they are even happier to discuss the substrates that go into making boxes, tape, polythene and stretch film

Cardboard boxes are of course one of the core products of the packaging industry. They are shipped all over the world from Nike.com, Melaleuca.com and other top manufacturers. But it’s easy to forget that the cardboard boxes you use on a regular basis were once a not-so-humble tree.

So what is the process for turning trees into corrugated cardboard? Well the wait is over! Kite Packaging have grilled its technologists to tell us exactly what the process is for cleaning the raw materials and processing them to make the cardboard boxes you buy

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01

March

Meet The World Of Packaging Surrounded By Latest Trends And Technologies

Mastered in defending food from the environmental conditions, contaminants and bacteria, ‘Packaging’ never left a cue of confined to its inherent property of wrapping around something but is waking up more beautiful through adopting new trends and technologies in the market. A few years back, the world of packaging introduced the technologies like edible food packaging and packaging that dissolves in water – The technologies which played a key role in the assumption of future that holds environment better by reducing waste.

Packaging manufacturers are experimenting more on new technologies and

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November

Understanding packaging theft: a survey

Package theft is steadily on the rise in the United States as more and more consumers shift to do more of their shopping online. While many people associate package theft with the holiday season, data shows that package theft is actually an issue throughout the year, especially around consumer holidays like Amazon Prime day. A 2015 report estimated that 23 million Americans had packages stolen from their doorsteps.

To better understand how American consumers are being affected by package theft in 2017, Shorr Packaging recently surveyed American consumers.  The purpose of this

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