The agriculture industry ranks as one of the heaviest users of bulk bags and FIBCs. This is only natural, as the agriculture industry includes countless applications and uses for these types of bags, including storing and transporting produce, grain and other crops. The wide variety of bulk bags available on the market makes them an ideal solution for many of these applications.
As a natural part of their operations, many farmers and food processing facilities find themselves with produce or product at the end of their growing or production season that is unsellable due to its size or appearance. Many of these organizations are extremely generous with excess product and choose to donate their overruns or unsellable stock to charities or food shelters.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chains are in complete disarray – this isn’t news to anyone. In fact, we’ve covered various supply chain issues in recent blog posts, including the increased demand for raw materials, the rising market and demand for resin, and unparalleled lead times across many industries.
Using FIBCs in manufacturing, shipping and raw materials facilities is a great way to receive product, move product around the floor and ultimately ship products out of your facility to your customers. However, traditional methods for filling, discharging and transporting FIBCs aren’t always the most efficient – or safe.
It’s no secret that global supply chains are currently facing unprecedented strain. It seems like every day we are seeing news about process increases or shortages of key products ranging from lumber and building materials to cars and trucks. The bulk bag industry has not escaped the current supply chain crisis unscathed. FIBC orders are facing significant delays, with lead times longer than any in recent memory. As stock becomes increasingly harder to come by, bulk bag prices have also seen a significant jump.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching impact on many industries, with the bulk bag industry being no exception. In past blog posts, we discussed some of the ways the pandemic has impacted our industry, including disruptions to the supply chain, delayed production and shipment times, and more. Another impact from COVID that often goes overlooked is the shift in purchasing trends across the bulk bag and packaging industries.
In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a massive $330 million agricultural grant designed to help agricultural producers and supply chain organizations recover from the pandemic. The funds are part of the USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers program that launched in March. Far from being a simple aid package, the grant has far reaching goals – and potential impact. Understanding these goals and their potential impact on the agricultural industry, as well as our own industry, is important to the grant’s long-term success and your own future operational planning.
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just disrupted your daily routine and kept millions home from work – it has also profoundly impacted global supply chains. In some instances, supply chains around the world have been ground to a halt, creating a scarcity of common products both in the household and within many industries. However, recent issues with scarcity have equally as much to do with demand as they do with more limited supply.
If you’ve recently been to the store to buy fresh produce, then you’ve probably encountered quite a bit of branded packaging. However, you also probably came across some generic packaging materials and didn’t even know it. Generic branding is flexible in its uses and allows use across many farms and production facilities unbeknownst to consumers and offers several other advantages over branded counterparts. But what are some of those advantages? Let’s explore.
It’s no secret that 2020 was nothing short of crazy. The COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread across the globe, impacting the lives of almost everyone in the world. Countless industries and businesses faced unforeseen and nearly insurmountable challenges to their daily operations, staff and supply chain. The manufacturing industry was hit particularly hard by the pandemic – material sourcing challenges led to increased lead times, cost increases and other frustrations for organizations focused on the creation of products and goods. As such, many within the manufacturing industry have dubbed 2020[...]
As the FIBC industry continues to expand, more and more use cases are being identified. In fact, it seems like every week we hear about an innovative new use of bulk bags, either for storage or transportation of materials. In addition to new uses for FIBCs, we are also seeing new industries embracing the use of bulk bags, including some that have never used them before.
FIBCs offer several advantages, including their affordability, versatility, durability and ease of use. One other notable advantage is their ability to be easily moved throughout a facility and loaded onto transport for shipping. They can be stacked, wrapped and even palletized, which is part of the reason they are so popular for such a wide variety of applications.
The FIBC industry is continually evolving in response to the changing requirements of end users. As the industry evolves, so do the products offered by vendors. At National Bulk Bag, we are continually excited by the new and refined products entering the market. Many of these product innovations offer promising benefits for specific industries and use cases.
As the bulk bag industry continues to expand, so do the number and types of industries taking advantage of the products and innovations offered by vendors. It seems like every day, we are learning about new and exciting uses of the product, especially as they continue to prove their value, flexibility and affordability. One industry that is well positioned to benefit from the innovative solutions offered by manufacturers is crumb rubber. Let’s explore the crumb rubber industry, and how it can benefit from flexible intermediate bulk containers.
The FIBC industry if full of acronyms, terms and jargon that can make it difficult to truly understand the available products and their uses. One example of this confusion centers around the use of the terms “Feed Grade” and “Food Grade.” Many people mistakenly assume that feed grade and food grade mean the same thing, when in reality they are very different. Understanding the differences between the two can help you ensure you are sourcing the proper bulk bags for your specific needs. Let’s explore the definitions and uses for each type of bag.
In a recent article, we introduced one of the newest innovations emerging within the FIBC industry – flame-retardant bulk bags. These bags offer a number of benefits, including their high heat tolerance, flame resistance and compliance with government regulations. While these are valuable benefits, flame-retardant bags also offer a unique option – halogenation.
Continual growth of the bulk bag industry has led to new applications, products and industry use cases. In addition to innovative new products, evolution within the FIBC industry has resulted in improved solutions to old challenges and replacements to existing products.
In recent blog posts, we’ve discussed the ongoing innovations coming from overseas suppliers within the FIBC industry. As this trend towards innovation continues, new and existing users of FIBCs will benefit from better products and better solutions to unique application challenges.
Spout bottom FIBCs are ideal for a wide range of applications due to their flexibility and easily controlled discharge of materials. However, due to their design, spout bottom bags can be prone to clogging.
The transport of sensitive materials, such as expensive raw materials to government-regulated substances, is a common occurrence for many bulk bag users. In many cases, these materials are entrusted to third party shipping companies. When entrusting sensitive materials to third party shippers, how can you be sure your materials are not tampered with? Further, how can you be confident that the materials arrive at their destination in the same condition in which they left?