Have you ever taken a really good look into how much the industry of product packaging has changed in the last decade? Look at the products sitting on your shelves right now. What do you see? My guess is that you will see a variety of different packages from paper packets to plastic pouches. This is a significant change from years past when rigid packaging options were the norm. A decade ago consumer’s shelves were stacked to the hilt with cans and hard plastic containers. Why the change?
There are a number of reasons that manufacturers choose to switch from rigid packaging to flexible packaging. Just because flexible pouch packaging is a good choice for the competition or one subset within your brand does not mean it meets the needs of all of your products. There are many benefits of both rigid and flexible packaging. It is up to you as a manufacturer to determine which option best meets the needs of both the product and consumer’s needs.
One of the main benefits of flexible packaging over rigid packaging options is its durability. Pouches are far less likely to be damaged upon impact over several options in rigid packaging. During shipping solid containers such as glass or aluminum are more likely to be damaged during shipping then flexible plastic pouches.
At first this might not sound like it’s a big deal but consider the last time you choose to buy a product in a package that was damaged. If you do how many times are you likely to ask the retailer to offer the item at a discount? It is just a simple fact that damaged products are less likely to be purchased than those without. This is just one reason why manufacturers find flexible packaging desirable.
Another benefit of flexible packaging comes from the materials that are used to create the pouches. Most flexible packaging is created from a laminated plastic. The laminated plastic helps to strengthen the barrier characteristic of the package. The design options with flexible packaging are also fairly unlimited including: laminated sacks, pouches, plastic form fill and seal film, bags and more. Manufacturers can also choose from a variety of options including: velcro sliders, hooded sliders, top sliders, face zippers, re-sealable zippers and sliders. The re-sealable nature of flexible packaging is what makes it of utmost attractiveness to most manufactures and consumers alike.
Choosing between rigid and flexible packaging should come down to each individual product within your company line. What is right for one product may not be for another.
At Anchor Printing, we take pride in offering our clients cut & stack labeling, pressure sensitive labels, roll-fed labeling, shrink sleeves as well as flexible packaging options. Contact us today at http://anchorprinting.com for all of your product label design, printing and packaging needs.