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Safe Bulk Bags: How Working Loads and Ratios Keep Your People Protected

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 @ 14:12 PM

Occupational Health and Safety standards have come a long way over the past couple hundred years. Today’s worker enjoys a standard of safety that was unheard of even a few decades ago.

Compared to what workers had to deal with at the start of the Industrial Revolution and prior, today’s employees enjoy the benefits of a safety conscious society.

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Topics: FIBC, bulk packaging, supply chain, bulk bag

Light it up! Bulk Bags and Firewood

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 14:10 PM

Canada is a dreamland for people who want to disconnect and experience all the natural wonders this world has to offer. With over 328,000 square kilometers of National Parks alone, our country is a top wilderness destination for people all around the globe. From coast to coast, there is something unique and special to discover in all of our Provinces and Territories.

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Topics: poly woven bags, FIBC, transportation, logistics, bulk packaging, branded bags, bulk bag, distribution, vented bulk bag

Riding the Commodity Roller Coaster – Mining Bulk Bags

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 14:03 PM

The global mining industry is massive. In 2016, the total revenue from the top 40 mining companies was $496 billion (USD). That’s a lot of digging.

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Topics: FIBC, logistics, bulk packaging, mining, bulk bag

Perfect Potatoes - 3 Storage and Handling tips for Canada's Biggest Vegetable Crop

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Keeping your potatoes high quality and fresh through the shipping process is critically important.

Potatoes are the number one non-grain food crop in the world, due in part to their ease of storage and long shelf life. In fact, according to StatsCan, Canada produced over 4.7 million tonnes of potatoes in 2016 worth $1.2 billion!

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Topics: transportation, vented bulk bag, shipping, agriculture, bulk bag, product packaging

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, bulk bag, shipping, supply chain, bulk packaging, transportation

Don't Try and Sell me Nothin'!

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

There’s an old saying in sales when it comes to trying to win new business: “Me too, less five.” Simply put, let us try to imitate what you are doing now for a little less money. While that approach might work for some people, it is certainly not the way business should be done.

Now more than ever, companies are calling, knocking, emailing, texting, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, Yelping, Pinteresting, flickring, tumblring, YouTubeing, FourSquareing, GooglePlusing, Skypeing, InstaGraming, Redditing, and more. New platforms attempting to achieve age-old sales results while butchering the English language along the way.

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Topics: minbulk, bulk bag, bulk packaging, product packaging, custom FIBC

Polypropylene: 65 Years Old and Not Going to Retire Anytime Soon!

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

The main ingredient used to make bulk bags all over the world is polypropylene. The global market for polypropylene was over $80 billion USD in 2014, with a projected growth rate of almost 7% YoY moving forward.

Why such a huge number?

Well, if you consider how many everyday items are made from that cute little chain of carbon and hydrogen, you will understand why so much of it is produced. Today I want to take a closer look at one of the most versatile building materials on the planet.

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Topics: bulk bag, mini bulk bag, polypropylene, product packaging

Food Grade Bulk Bags - Rules, Regulations & You

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 16:01 PM

There is a lot of confusion surrounding what makes a bulk bag “food grade”.

Off the top of my head, I can think of the following entities that offer guidelines on food grade packaging: AIB (American Institute of Bakers), CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), ISO 22000 (International Organization for Standardization), BRC (British Retail Consortium), and the latest, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).

WOW!

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Topics: agriculture, supply chain, bulk bag, Food Safety, product packaging

Bulk Packaging and the Low Flying Loonie

Posted by Marty Dilworth on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 08:01 AM

The old adage says “What goes up, must come down.” Whether it’s the price of oil, a winning streak, or just plain old gravity, there is a lot of truth in that statement. In fact, it might feel like we’re currently stuck in the mud.

As our largest trading partner by far, America has seen some substantial economic gains in the past few years.  Going from the crash of 2007/08 to now, several key economic indicators have risen steadily (GDP Growth Rate, Stock Markets, Currency), while unemployment has been halved since 2010.

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Topics: supply chain, bulk bag, shipping, bulk bag pricing

Selecting the Best Agricultural Bags for Your Operation

Posted by Jody Lockhart on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

What Questions Should You Ask Before Selecting Your Agricultural Bags?

From good insurance to good seed, your eyes are always on the harvest, but what about once the harvest is complete? What can you do to protect the crops that you’ve worked all season to grow?

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Topics: agriculture, supply chain, bulk bag, distribution