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Beating the Bulk Bag Winter Blues

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

Well, it’s that time of year again…

Time for the annual “bulk bag dip” we see in our industry at the beginning of every winter season. For whatever reason, the months of November, December, and January see a big decline in people shopping for bulk bags. I wasn’t sure if it was just a feeling I got around this time every year, or if there is some historical context. After all, I did sell bags all over North America for many years, millions of dollars’ worth annually in fact. So am I just being melodramatic, or is there proof of this annual dip?

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Topics: bulk bags, transportation, logistics, poly woven bags

Bulk Bags and Beer? They're Closer than you Might Think!

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 13:08 PM

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin.

An absolutely fantastic quote that was actually never uttered by Mr. Franklin… He did write a letter to a “colleague” in France in which he wrote, “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Pretty close, and I have seen that beer quote on many a mirco-brew tee…  So let’s just go with it, okay?

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Topics: bulk bags, pp woven bags, poly woven bags

Baffle Bulk Bags - Your Exporting Friend

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

A lot of Canadian companies export their goods, especially those in the food production sector. For example, Canada exported $2.3 billion worth of soybeans in 2015. The majority of pulse exports are shipped in ocean containers to Asian markets. In order to maximize shipping space and export as efficiently as possible, it is in the exporter’s best interest to fill the ocean container as much as possible. In our business, we know it’s very difficult to get a bulk bag that has “pumpkined” into an ocean container vessel. 

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Topics: bulk bags, baffle bags, exporting, ocean freight, pulses

Bulk Bag Basics – Not Everything is as it Seams

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

We all know that bulk bags are incredibly versatile. Whether you’re building a temporary dam, selling premium top soil, or mixing some fertilizer for the crops, bulk bags can lend a helping hand in many different ways. As long as the material is granular and can flow freely, there is really nothing you can’t haul around in these super-strong plastic totes.

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Topics: minbulk, supply chain, bulk bag, bulk packaging, shipping, transportation

Topsoil in Bulk Bags: Big Bags and Big Benefits

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @ 15:10 PM

Whether you have a massive garden that allows you to skip the produce section, or you just have some perennials in the front yard, ordering fresh topsoil is always on the gardener’s to-do list. In the past, people would calculate how much they needed and a dump-truck would simply drop the materials on the front of your property.

 

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Topics: bulk bags, topsoil bags, horticulture, landscaping

Utilization: What can Bulk Bags do for You?

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

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There are many uses for the tried and true bulk bag. As a bulk packaging company, we have supplied ‘MiniBulk Tough’bags to a myriad of industries. You might have heard our catch phrase “From Alfalfa to Zinc!” For the average person who does not use bulk bags or poly woven bags, this claim might seem a little grandiose. Regardless, the applications are limitless, and I would like to highlight some of the niche projects that we have been involved with over the years. Today, we are going to talk about cofferdams.

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Topics: bulk bags, cofferdam, construction

Poly Woven Bags - We're Putting the Mini Back in the MiniBulk!

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

If you visit our website (and you should), you can see that the major focus of our business is dedicated to bulk bags.  These heavy-duty, flexible containers are used around the globe to ship all manner of granular goods. From the organic growing medium you plant your seeds in to the exporting of your harvested crops, bulk bags are essential to a growing number of consumers all over the planet. Can you think of any other bulk container that costs pennies per kilo to move your materials? When figuring out the most efficient method of transporting your bulk goods, it’s very difficult to find anything comparable to the tried, tested, and true MiniBulk bag. 

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Topics: minbulk, agriculture, supply chain, bulk bags, branded bags, bulk packaging, polypropylene, shipping, transportation, logistics

Bigger Bulk Bags – Breaking the 1 Tonne Barrier

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

By now, everybody knows how strong bulk bags are. Woven polypropylene sewn together by hand can carry 1000 kg loads around the world with ease. Now to the average person, 1000 kgs might sound like the upper limit of what mini-bulk bags can handle. However, there are techniques and building schematics that allow bulk bags to carry 3,000 kilos, or even more! The only problem you might have with a bulk bag that size is having the heavy equipment to move them around. 

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Topics: bulk bags, polypropylene, shipping, product packaging, custom FIBC, logistics, FIBC

Flood Protection - Taming the Rising Tides with Bulk Bags and Elbow Grease

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

In the coming weeks, the threat of floods will once again come to the forefront of our collective minds. Calgarians will never forget the great flood of 2013, the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. Most of us have experienced flooding in one way or another: Flooding can be one of the most devastating forces of Nature. Sand bags are the most common method of damming off property that is in the path of an imminent flood. Is there a better way to protect yourself and your property? 

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Topics: flood protection, bulk bags, flooding, coffer dam, FIBC, flood prevention

Baffle Bags – Saying Goodbye to the Big White Pumpkin

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

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A lot of Canadian companies export their goods, especially those in the food production sector. For example, Canada exported $2.3 billion worth of soybeans in 2015. The majority of pulse exports are shipped in ocean containers to Asian markets. In order to maximize shipping space and export as efficiently as possible, it is in the exporter’s best interest to fill the ocean container as much as possible. In our business, we know it’s very difficult to get a bulk bag that has “pumpkined” into a vessel. 

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Topics: bulk bags, shipping, transportation, baffle bags, logistics