Get a load of what’s going on…

Get a load of what’s going on…

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Unwrapping the process - Scope, wrap, rope

Do you have issues with stretch film riding up on pallets during transportation? Don’t worry – there’s a cost-effective, time-efficient answer.

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Maintenance missions (and how to avoid them)

Regular maintenance on pallet wrappers is obviously highly important to deliver a healthy ROI on the equipment.

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Snooze and lose - Five ways to future-fail at business

We’re obviously happy as more New Zealand companies are making the pallet wrapping change to Nanowrap and Futurewrap. Those on the vanguard are reaping the benefits.

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Box Fresh - Wulftec's Reliability at Oji Fibre Solutions

In 2011 Oji Fibre Solutions decided it was time for a change. The company was experiencing considerable growth and they needed to ensure a future-focused ethos could continue unabated.

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Improving DC Efficiency

It’s often easy to focus simply on what’s in front of you in a busy distribution centre or warehouse.

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Street View delivers again

It’s been scientifically proven we will often exaggerate the impact our mistakes have while others quickly forget such incidents.

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How Yashili New Zealand is saving for tomorrow

With our help Yashili New Zealand has in 2019 been making small changes in packaging approaches that have delivered big results.

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Five dodgy pallet decisions...

While historically in New Zealand we’ve been proud of our ‘she’ll be right’ attitude as you’ll see from these images it seems like ‘relaxed’ work standards happen all over the...

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Time to hand it over?

Is a ‘cash in hand’ pallet wrapping approach costing your company? Here are four key aspects to ponder for the move from hand wrapping to semi-automated pallet packaging.

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Tight n’ hasty - How Sanitarium’s packaging got good to go

Some things in life just go together perfectly. At Sanitarium that’s obviously Weetbix and fruit, Light n’ Tasty and UP & GO.

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Plan your packaging - What you need to know about SASO

If you’re exporting to Saudi Arabia or a number of other countries in 2020 you’ll need SASO-compliant biodegradable pallet wrap to meet the change in standards.

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Trains of thought - How Italians are paying with plastic

How will you be paying today? Cash, card or bottle? In Rome travellers can now finish their refreshment and put the waste to good use, the recycled plastic helping to...

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Revolutionising recycling - Kiwi companies leading the way

Check out five of our favourite companies that are thinking global and acting local when it comes to recycling plastic.

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Spot what goes wrong

Sometimes small errors can have subtle effects on the DC environment. While they’re not always easy to see over time these effects can prove somewhat costly.

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Still waters run dependable

Pallets of full individual drink bottles are some of the most challenging to transport while avoiding load movement and subsequent product damage.

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Don't chance your arm - Use our handy hand-wrapping hints

Need a hand with pallet wrapping? Here’s our go-to guide for making sure everything is where it should be… While the variables between pallets can be massive some simple techniques...

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Crunching the numbers (not the goods)

In May and June we ran a survey and competition to help find out where the pain points were for our customers, and how we can help them wrap up...

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Ready to roll?

Distribution centres need to ensure their equipment is fit for purpose to make the most of an increase in sustainability gains and productivity profits from new wrap products.

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Pack and save and save and save

The Foodstuffs Roberts Line distribution centre in Palmerston North is a 35,000m², state-of-the-art facility running 24 hours a day and distributing more than 600,000 pallets of dry goods to the...

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Exporting to Saudi Arabia?

Exporters to Saudi Arabia and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will need to make sure they’re ticking the sustainability box with their packaging before they send any literal...

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Packaging Appreciation Society - 5 shopping bag designs we rate highly

Just because we’re passionate about pallet wrap that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the finer details of other forms of packaging.

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Stay cool - Our top tips for pallet wrap in winter

Cold temperatures can affect many things – the car starting in the morning, your brain after eating ice cream too quickly, the ability of teams to play free-flowing rugby and...

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Yes, we can

Jamestrong knows the importance of a good reputation and their customer’s peace of mind – and how both can only be achieved with an unerring focus on the highest of...

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The future arrives tomorrow

It’s time to invest in tomorrow with sustainable pallet packaging in New Zealand.

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Your pallet can-do checklist - 5 tools you shouldn’t be without

If “a poor craftsman always blames their tools” in the modern distribution centre it’s often the case of blaming the tools for not even being used in the first place.

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Worried about product slippage? It’s time to get a grip.

If loose lips sink ships then loose products can… well, it’s nothing quite that dramatic, but it’s destructive and costly all the same.

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Oh humble pallet...

When you see something all the time it’s sometimes easy to overlook unique strengths in design and construction.

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Travel report

In 2019 the AUSPACK expo was the most successful event in its 34-year history with big crowds, innovative presentations and two Universal team members making the rounds to report back...

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Setting, an example

How do you ensure your pallet-wrapping equipment is ready with the settings to go? There are actually a number of ways… We live in a time of ‘bespoke’ this and ‘unique’...

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End (Of Line) Game

As the latest Avengers film hits movie theatres across the planet we take a look at what superheroes have the skills to make it in our industry        Ant Man.

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Reduced to Tears

Product damage during transportation is obviously one of the main focuses in our work. When pallet wrap tears and breaks occur during transit products move.

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Columns, bricks or Tetris?

While much of our work takes place after the pallet is assembled we still take a pretty close look at pick and build processes.

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Meet the Team - Dave White

What brought you to the role at Universal Packaging? While I’m the Universal ‘newbie’ (I only started in January) I’m loving the role, the team and the business.

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Working order – Care & maintenance tips for your pallet wrapper

Tough componentry and modern engineering delivers the highest standards in pallet wrapping equipment for New Zealand companies.

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Trust me, I'm a scientist

Has years of advertising conditioned us into trusting the overall competency of a person provided they are wearing a lab coat? If so, do we need to wonder why only...

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Proper pallet stacker or attention grabber?

Some commentators wondered if running time required far too many back-up units, and were concerned that this technology would only work with uniform pallet loads.

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Silver linings – Seales Winslow’s Spinny revolution

After a massive fire gutted a significant part of the Seales Winslow plant, the company rose from the ashes to evolve and improve its packaging capability.

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Take it for a spin – How to test the benefits of semi-automation without budget over-commitments

After a massive fire gutted a significant part of the Seales Winslow plant, the company rose from the ashes to evolve and improve its packaging capability.

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That’s rubbish. Five ways to ‘spark joy’ with an uncluttered DC

After a massive fire gutted a significant part of the Seales Winslow plant, the company rose from the ashes to evolve and improve its packaging capability.

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Your New Year’s equipment resolutions

The new year is always a good time to take a realistic look at what you aim to achieve and to start in with some good habits to make these...

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Your New Year’s equipment resolutions. Get into good habits with a machinery health check.

Realistically, these should be done weekly. So now’s the time to get into a best-practice mindset with the scheduling of a regular equipment check-up. 1.

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Signed, sealed…but delivered?

Sometimes we wake in the middle of the night, eyes wide open, startled by a nightmare of never-ending packaging failure. This is what we dream of…

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Profit from the pallet

IKEA is a brand like no other, with their ethos of good design being “the perfect combination of form, function, quality and sustainability, all at an affordable price” making it a furniture...

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Uncovering the process – Wrap parameters

There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to making the most of your wrapping equipment.

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Danone’s DC decision

Small is beautiful and less is more at Danone Nutricia.

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Fit for Purpose

Yes, New Year’s resolutions are always helpful. However sometimes it’s even better to get some healthy momentum before moving into the silly season of bad habits and worse diets.

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Meet the team – Matt Goddin

What brought you to the role at Universal Packaging? I had the opportunity to join early on and, while I have mainly worked in the sales and marketing side I’ve also...

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Honey glazed barbeque?

There was a great response to our BBQ&A and some interesting results coming through from many of your answers.

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Unwrapping the process – A heads-up on neckdown

A Heads-Up on Neckdown. Power pre-stretching film is the secret to safe and stable loads.

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Witness the Fitness

When things get busy it’s easy to get wrapped up in your work and forget about what else is important in life.

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Meet The Team – Charlotte McNicol

What brought you to Universal Packaging? I had gotten to the stage in my career where I was looking for a new challenge, something that was completely different from what I...

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Nest egg - Nanowrap helps Ingham’s save for the future

Back in 1918, Walter Ingham bought his son 6 hens and a rooster to look after on their bushland property in Sydney’s southeast.

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Connect and Conquer - How connected technology delivers big gains from small measures.

On a recent research trip to the United States our visits to Pack Expo 2018 and a world-leading pallet wrapping test facility provided plenty of food for thought with how...

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Unwrapping the Process - Film force

Our resident Application Specialist Jed Goudie is back with more packaging insights. In the last article, Jed enlightened us on the best way to match wrapping with load profiles.

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It is easy being green

The change to a more sustainable use of resources (and the reasons why we must do so) often seems overwhelming.

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It just doesn’t stack up. 4 pallet disasters waiting to happen

1) You know ‘light stuff on heavy stuff’ isn’t some kind of solution for everything, right?

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Fresh Thinking

When handling more than 36 million boxes of fresh produce each year, and managing commercial relationships across 87 countries in seven continents, you need your logistical processes to be the...

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Unwrapping the process – Load profiles

The first thing we do when assessing a client’s wrap needs is to carefully examine the load profiles required. We need to understand the pallet contents first and foremost.

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Meet the team - Mark Leary

While Mark has only been in the role of Technical Sales Engineer here for six months his work as his previous decades of experience is already helping to make sure...

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Meet the team - Emily Barnier

We are proud to announce the arrival of Emily Barnier to our Marketing Coordinator position.

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Meet the team - Jason Lightfoot

Jason is our resident tech expert – a motivated, dedicated professional who’s years of experience is now helping Universal extend our servicing capability far beyond what we’ve previously been able...

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Testing the laws of physics with Newton

Three of the Universal Packaging team visited Malaysia in May to see up close our innovative pallet wrap put to the test by the laws of motion.

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Doing more with less

Let’s not pretend anything else – we’re a high profile supplier of plastic. Due to this we occasionally receive colourful comments on social media about our work.

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Foodstuffs packs it safe

Improving staff protection without compromising productivity required a number of expertly scoped and carefully coordinated measures.

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Five ways to stop your pallet wrap breaking

Regular pallet wrap breakage is often expensive and undoubtedly frustrating to New Zealand companies.

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The Tilt Test

A pallet of goods has to endure (very extreme) forces when in transit. The consequences of accidents and incidents can be costly and, sometimes, pretty spectacular.

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Just how much should a stretch wrap stretch?

Believe it or not, the world of plastic wrap is a busy and complex place.

Secrets of superior load containment, exposed!

After decades in the business of packaging, we’ve got load containment locked down. Here are our tips for reducing damage in transit. 1.

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The complete package

The last thing you want to be thinking about when buying a new stretch wrapper is it breaking down.

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Inside look : Seymour Distribution

After close to four decades dispatching quality home wares and household goods around New Zealand, Seymour’s knows that seconds and grams really matter.

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Inside Look: Tuatara Brewing Co.

On a standard day Tuatara Brewery bottles, labels and packs 7000 litres of their award-winning beer.

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Inside Look: Sealed Air

New Zealand’s food industry relies on Sealed Air’s packaging solutions to keep food safe and waste to a minimum.

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Meet the team - Garth Hill

Our Technical Sales Representative spends a lot of time in traffic… and occasionally on traffic.

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