As new industries emerge, new opportunities emerge with them. Previously regulated industries like hemp and cannabis are suddenly open for business in the United States and have become large users of products like FIBC bulk bags. However, with these new opportunities have also come plenty of new challenges – especially inside industries that while legal, remain heavily regulated with guidelines and laws often being completely different state to state.
About Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson is an Account Manager in the industrial bag division of Rapid Packaging and National Bulk Bag. Zach received his bachelors degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato.
Zach's background includes sales in the transportation department with CH Robinson for four years and IT staffing for another four.
In his free time, Zach enjoys running, golfing, spending time at his cabin with his wife and two sons.
Zach is National Bulk Bag's resident UN bag and agricultural bag specialist. He has been certified in UN FIBCs for hazardous materials making him a fantastic resource if you plan on using bulk bags with potentially dangerous chemicals and other materials.
BRC (British Retail Consortium), now recently rebranded to BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards) has recently updated the guidelines for their standards with their Issue 8 release.
For many users of bulk bags, the rules and regulations that surround the food industry are an everyday part of life. Dealing with the various certifications, processes, standards, and testing is extremely tedious but crucial part of maintaining a clean and successful food-grade facility.
As a distributor of FIBCs, our overseas manufacturing partners greatly impact the product we sell. A great amount of the value we add as a distributor comes from the relationships we have with our manufacturers and our ability to properly vet them and the products they ship. These manufacturers not only make the bags themselves; they conduct QA (quality assurance) and product testing on site before the bags are shipped – an extremely important part of the procurement process (for a deeper look into what quality distributors do to vet their suppliers, check out this blog).
Globalization has impacted the lives of Americans and American Companies in significant ways. Perhaps one of the most impactful effects of globalization has occurred in product supply chains – and the FIBC industry is no exception. As we have noted several times in the past, the vast majority of bulk bags are now produced overseas – primarily in Asian countries. The benefits of this shift have been great for the industry as a whole, but it hasn’t come without drawbacks.
Uncertainty is often the enemy of markets and industries. It’s been in the headlines for almost 2 years now – the “looming” trade war with China. Now, to be sure, we’re not here to analyze the dispute as a whole or pass judgement on whether it’s a full-blown trade war or simply the start of one. No matter what one may think of the current situation between the United States and China, there is no doubt it has created a great amount of uncertainty around the industries that source materials and products from Asia.
Transporting and/or storing large amounts of materials in large flexible bags (like FIBCs) can be inherently dangerous. Because of this, we talk a lot about safety. It cannot be understated how important the safe use of bulk bags is to us at National Bulk Bag. Safe working load (SWL) is one of the most important things any user should know about the bag they’ve purchased. But how do you find out the SWL of the bag you’re using? How do you know when you’re exceeding your SWL? In this post, we take a deeper dive into safe working load and examine the various ways to weigh FIBCs and ensure[...]
We talk a lot about FIBC construction on the NBB blog, and for good reason. With all the variations and combination of bags, it would be impressive if we ever get to the point where we’ve covered them all. Nonetheless we will continue our pursuit to make sure we talk about as many as we can no matter how obscure or specialized some may be. That brings us to bulk bag flaps. What are they? What do they do? Would they be a good fit for your product and/or application? Let’s discuss.
Recently we discussed using full bottom discharge (diaper bottom) flexible intermediate bulk containers with certain products like wet coffee grounds and other wet or high moisture products. This brought to light that we at the National Bulk Bag blog have not talked very much about the use of bulk bags with wet/high moisture products and/or materials. Let’s change that. In this post, we discuss the best practices when handling wet products and/or materials and what bag features to look for that can help mitigate some of the issues that come with those products/materials.
If you’ve been following the National Bulk Bag blog, then you’ll know we’ve been covering the industrial hemp industry a lot recently. We’ve covered why flexible intermediate bulk containers are a great fit for the industry and which specific bags are a good fit for use. However, we haven’t talked much about the specific features that make certain FIBCs a better fit and why. If you’re in these industries, this post is for you. It is our hope that we can help guide you in your purchasing decision and aid you in your quest to find the right bag for your product and application.
One critical question to ask yourself when considering purchasing flexible intermediate bulk containers is “how am I going to discharge this bag?” There are a variety of ways to discharge bags but not every method is a good fit for certain applications.
Today’s consumers are more conscious than ever about the quality of food they eat. This is apparent whether you are shopping at your local grocery store or dining at your local farm to fork restaurant. To ensure these expectations are met, many in the food supply chain industry require independent verification from their vendors and suppliers that they are consistently practicing proper food safety and quality measures.
When it comes to FIBCs, quality is one of the most important aspects to purchasing. Any buyer needs to know that they are getting a quality product from their distributor of choice. Why you ask? Safety. Bulk bags are used to carry thousands of pounds of products and raw materials in facilities all around the world. If a bag fails, people can get hurt. Even worse, if a bag fails under the wrong circumstances, fatalities can occur.
We’ve covered a large number of topics on the NBB blog over the last year, but one area we haven’t spent much time talking about is using FIBCs in situations with chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and dangerous materials. That’s because for most products and applications, a standard bulk bag will suffice. However, that certainly isn’t always the case and at National Bulk Bag we pride ourselves in being an educational resource for all users and website visitors.
Storing and transporting food products such as pet food can be difficult. If your pet food product is food grade, you must mitigate increased regulations. Even if your product isn't food grade, you are constantly trying to prevent moisture exposure and contamination of your product. No matter what method you choose to transport you pet food product, it's extremely important to select the option that:
Storing and transporting bulk powders can be difficult. Not only can they be messy, but it is imperative that they aren't exposed to moisture. No matter what method you choose to use to transport your bulk powder, it's extremely important to select the option that:
You may see the seal on our website, you may even see the acronym come up when shopping around bulk bag distributors and manufacturers, but do you know what it stands for?
Industry specific vocabulary is often one of biggest sources of confusion in any business. The bulk bag industry is no different. At National Bulk Bag, we get a ton of questions surrounding terminology (check out our blog post on all of the vocabulary in the bulk bag industry).
Bulk bags are being used in more situations than ever before. Construction, food, pharmaceutical, and many more industries are continually finding more uses for them in an exciting trend for bulk bag suppliers. However, certain industries and applications require bags that meet very stringent specifications in order to handle the materials contained in the bag. This is particularly relevant in industries that deal with hazardous materials and volatile chemicals.
We are committed to educating and sharing our industry knowledge with our website visitors and customers. That is why we continue to put together educational blog posts like this one that are informative and hopefully add value to your organization.