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Get a load of what’s going on…

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Wonkey Wonka

Wonkey WonkaFor its day it was one of the biggest marketing campaigns ever run – and it was meant to be the sales triumph of the 20th century.

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Big red wraps right - The Warehouse and Wulftec make a great team

Since first arriving in 1982 the ‘Big Red Shed’ has grown into a massive, New Zealand-leading brand.

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September Wrapping Up - What'll it be?

Is this the future of automation? We're all for introducing automation in the DC, but in a bar? Here’s what we think… Pros: Looks cool.

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Foodstuffs celebrate sustainable savings thanks to Nanowrap

Sustainable success for Foodstuffs New Zealand thanks to Nanowrap.   Last month we shared the sustainability success DB Breweries has made since switching to Nanowrap.

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The psychology of safety

Improving the protection of your team without compromising one iota of productivity requires a number of expertly scoped, carefully coordinated measures.

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A twist in the tail? What to look for, how to fix it.

For the perfectionists, the sight of a film tail dangling from the side of a wrapped pallet is enough to set the teeth on edge.

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Foodtech Packtech - A Trip Down Memory Lane

We’ve been attending Foodtech Packtech since 2012.

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The journey and the destination: Life on the road for our sales team

The journey and the destination:Life on the road for our sales team  With the ever-changing lockdown landscape, we’re carefully negotiating every twist and turn in the road (when and where we...

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Sustainability gains - A toast to DB Breweries

Sustainability gainsA toast to DB Breweries  A recent report from a brewing powerhouse highlights how key decisions in the supply chain can make a massive difference to New Zealand’s sustainability goals....

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Store away. NZ moves beyond bricks and mortar

The rise of the Dark Store  As some of our country’s well-known brands close bricks and mortar operations to open new distribution centres the breathless reports of ‘dark stores’ have captured...

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Dream Machine

Does buying a pallet wrapping machine seem like a distant dream? We unwrap some of the biggest barriers when it comes to buying a new machine.  

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Don't Blow It

Sub-standard results from inferior wrap   No, you’re not seeing things. These are not small rolls of pallet wrap stacked on top of others.

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More shipping, more problems?

More shipping, more problems?

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Measure up

Measure up  Be it packaging, equipment, or other processes, our constant refrain when it comes to suggesting new approaches is “if we can’t measure it, we won’t recommend it”.

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Listen up! Noisy hand wrap is damaging ears

Last month we focused on how inferior hand wrap can hold operations back, with weight, product damage and health and safety issues all causing potential negative effects.

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Not very handy - 4 ways inferior hand wrap is holding you back

Not very handy  Necessary evil or easily fixable? We take a look at how sub-standard pallet wrap is affecting New Zealand’s distribution efficiency and workplace health and safety.

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Boxing clever

The Siat Carton Erector   This is an offer that’s truly ‘out of the box’ – a high quality semi-automatic single box case forming and sealing unit that’s incredibly helpful for reducing...

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Outside the box. What our on-site assessments look for.

With over 35 years combined experience in assessing distribution centres and their dispatch processes, Universal Packaging’s consultant team are experts in their field.

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State of the Union

State of the Union  Within the incredibly challenging global environment of 2020 most Kiwi businesses are now doing everything they can to stay competitive and cut costs without diminishing one iota...

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Stepping up to the challenge

We’ve come across some great examples of Kiwi ingenuity and determination. Here are some of their stories…

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The Automation Answer

The automation answerDownload our inside look at DC optimisation 

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Growth strategies

Growth StrategiesWith recycled pallets providing extra value and pallet wrap going beyond its everyday use this innovative approach to native seedling propagation is growing strong.

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Distance learning - Five lessons from lock down

Five lessons from lock down  The life-changing challenge of Covid19 has allowed us all the time to ponder what positive adjustments can be made and grown for the future.

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Connections that count

Connections that count  With some quick calls and a supportive network, we helped an important Kiwi charity deliver to those who need it most during New Zealand’s lockdown.

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Pallet Pro - Our latest Pallet Furniture Finds

There’s a lot of bad pallet furniture out there. Occasionally however something comes across our desk that surprises us.

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Why read a label? Make the smart move to coloured pallet wrap.

Make the smart move to coloured pallet wrap.   Companies with a few key product lines will often require a quick identification system for establishing what products are which.

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Business as (un)usual. Covid19 and pallet wrap supply

Business as (un)usual   As an essential business it’s now our job to stay open safely and ensure our customers can maintain a reliable source of pallet wrap.

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A stitch in time… Why servicing matters 

A stitch in time…Why servicing matters   Over the last year we’ve been completing on average close to 20 machine services each month.

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Cast film vs blown film. What’s the difference and why is cast film (in our opinion) better?

Cast film vs blown film. What’s the difference and why is cast film (in our opinion) better?   The numbers don’t lie.

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Hand wrapping H&S

There’s a right way, a wrong way and an in-between way to hand wrap pallets.

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Steak, matching wines sorted!

At the end of last year we asked you for some names.

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3 Ways D.Cs can improve sustainability measures

Not-so hidden savingsWhen it comes to introducing effective sustainability measures there are a lot of big and bold decisions that can be made when establishing a new building or operation.

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Jamestrong Auckland Hits It's Straps

 Jamestrong Auckland Hits It's Straps  When the new Jamestrong plant in Auckland opened in March 2019 the company invested in new equipment to ensure the team there could effectively handle the...

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Driven in our work - Our 4 goals for a great 2020

Our 4 goals for a great 2020  As everyone moves passed the holiday period and into 2020-proper we’re taking the opportunity presented by some recent forward-thinking exercises to share a little...

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By the numbers. Now’s the time to audit your pallet film use

By the numbersNow’s the time to audit your pallet film use  You’ve now got data from the entire span of 2019 to help improve and evolve your packaging processes over the...

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NanoWrap - Environmentally-friendly plastic wrap that doesn’t compromise on cost or performance

Making a sustainable choice in your distribution centre is simple with NanoWrap.

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From little things, big things grow… 5 small steps that lead to big sustainability gains

With some innovative thinking, and the willingness to evolve, many modern businesses are delivering the goods without overwhelming the environment.

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Be-yooo-diful! - The UP team rolls up to get it done

In the second week of December the team used Friday afternoon for a mission to Himatangi Beach.

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Welcome to pallet packaging

As New Zealand businesses grow from small start-ups to larger enterprises some will need to make the step from sending a few boxes to sending pallets.

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Measure by measure

How do you measure how much your pallet wrap is costing your company? In New Zealand, our work involves a lot of analysis to ensure we can provide absolute clarity...

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Bind together - Matt Goddin's grilled goodness

We look behind the scenes to share some of what makes our team so great! The Universal Packaging team is a diverse bunch, and the people here have many unique...

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Care package

This Friday the 13th December is a good luck day for us. That’s because, from 12.

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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 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 Lower North...

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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 - Emily Barnier

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

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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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