If you are reading this from your office chair, or even a tractor seat, now is a good time to slide on those reading glasses and hunker over that screen a little closer. Today, we are going against the grain (pun intended) and revealing a bulk-packaging trade secret.
Bulk Packaging Insights
What a difference a quarter makes!
As we entered 2020, the idea that we would find ourselves in one of the great fights of the new millennium was certainly not on our mind. Nor was it a discussion around the boardroom or kitchen table. Yet, here we are, living a new - albeit strange existence.
What do you get when you wrap a polyethylene bag within a super-strong polypropylene shell? You get the next generation of reusable and recyclable inflatable dunnage bags from MiniBulk!
Chemical production is truly one of the great wonders of the modern world. Scientists and chemists from all around the world have discovered, synthesized, and mastered these lab-made compounds that permeate our everyday lives.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.